Carnegie Mellon SCS and ECE students have the opportunity to add a fifth year to a customized undergraduate curriculum leading to the Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN) or Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS).
The INI offers "integrated master's" programs that extend the opportunity for Carnegie Mellon students in the School of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering to complete a graduate degree (that would typically take 16-20 months) within 12 months after completing their undergraduate curriculum.
The differences from the traditional MSIN and MSIS lie within 36 units that the INI waives for the integrated master's programs, based upon you successfully completing identical or equivalent classes as an undergraduate.
For the Integrated MSIN, 24 units of Networking and Systems core courses are waived, based on successful completion of 15-410 Operating System Design and Implementation and 18-756 Packet Switching and Computer Networks at the undergraduate level. Further, 12 units of restricted elective courses are waived, based on the successful completion of 15-410 Operating System Design and Implementation and 18-342 Fundamentals of Embedded Systems at the undergraduate level. (Note: 18-348 Embedded System Engineering and 18-349 Embedded Real-Time Systems will be accepted as equivalents for 18-342.)
For the Integrated MSIS, 24 units of Networking and Systems core courses are waived, based on successful completion of 15-410 Operating System Design and Implementation and 15-441 Computer Networks at the undergraduate level (or 18-345 Introduction to Telecommunication Networks, which is the undergraduate equivalent of 14-740 Fundamentals of Telecommunications Networks). Also, 12 units of Security core courses are waived, based on successful completion of 18-730 Introduction to Computer Security at the undergraduate level.
For both integrated master's programs, the graduate course requirements total 120 units (108 units beginning in Fall 2013), made up of core courses, restricted electives, seminar and curriculum option.
The curriculum option is a choice of thesis, project, supervised practicum or selected additional courses.
If the curriculum option is a thesis, project or a supervised practicum, students take 87 units (72 units for incoming students), which can be completed in two semesters. The thesis, project or supervised practicum would be done either in the summer immediately preceding the fifth year (Y5), or during the summer immediately following Y5, at the discretion of the student.
Students interested in taking 36 units of extra coursework as a curriculum option would be advised to take an extra 24 units of graduate-level electives prior to Y5.
At least 99 out of the 120 units (108 units for incoming students) required for the MSIN and MSIS must be taken while the student is in graduate standing. These 99 units must include all core courses, the seminar and the curriculum option.