Work Load at Heinz College

If you enjoy working a lot and enjoy working with insanely smart individuals, then read on!


Carnegie Mellon University: Heinz College offers courses that will challenge you to develop highly efficient study methods and time management skills to meet all the homework, quiz, and exam deadlines. You will need to be fully aware of all the requirements within each class to understand the work requirements for a given week. It is not uncommon that I work 40 hours during a typical work week plus around 10 to 16 hours on the weekends. Sometimes it can be way over those hours! However, that is a rarity.


The courses can have a steep learning curve for some and very shallow for others, depending on an individual’s undergraduate background. However, there are plenty of classes that push you outside of your comfort zone. You will need to dedicate more time to those classes while performing well in other courses. Therefore, you must have a balance within your time management to effectively meet every deadline.


Although the workload sounds very daunting, the results are gratifying. Heinz College will give you many opportunities to explore more deeply into subjects that you are most interested in. Therefore, moving forward, you can be a near expert on the topic, which can help your future career in either education or business. You must be strict with yourself to not invest too much of your time in the research topic so that you can complete all work in all classes.


If you are passionate about topics within the programs offered at Heinz College, then you will excel within the program. However, if you are not passionate and not willing to put in the hard work and effort, then you will struggle throughout the program. Think deeply as to what you want your future to be and make a decision that is best for you.

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