Curriculum for MS28

The curriculum requirements on this page refer to the MSIT-IS degree. For details about the University of Hyogo Master of Applied Informatics degree requirements for dual-degree students, please refer to the University of Hyogo.

The MSIT-IS curriculum has been designed to provide students with a core set of knowledge in security technology and management and a variety of technology and management electives to further enhance their knowledge of information security. The program consists of 60 units of core courses, 48 units of restricted electives and 36 units of a master's project/course option, for a total of 144 units. (A full-time Carnegie Mellon student must take 36-48 units per semester.)

Core Course Requirements
60 units
Restricted Electives
48 units
Master's Project or Course Option
36 units
TOTAL
144 units
Disclaimer: The INI cannot guarantee that courses will be offered each semester or in a specific semester as advertised below.  Students must refer to the 'Schedule of Classes' to determine course availability. The INI cannot guarantee that a student will be offered a seat in a specific course.  These apply to courses at the INI as well as other departments at Carnegie Mellon. In addition, it is the sole responsibility of the student to read and understand the following information regarding this program and its requirements. Should an individual have any further questions, they are encouraged to contact the Academic Affairs Office at ini-enrollment@andrew.cmu.edu for assistance.

Carnegie Mellon Curriculum - Pittsburgh Track

Core Course Requirements  – 60 units

14-740 Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks
12 units
fall, first year (Y1)
14-741 Intro to Information Security
12 units
fall, Y1
14-761 Applied Information Assurance
12 units
spring, Y1
14-782 Information Security Risk Management I 6 units spring, Y1

14-784 OR
14-788

Information Security Risk Management II OR Information Security Policy and Management
Prerequisite: 95-710 Economic Analysis or equivalent coursework.
6 units spring, Y1
95-760 Decision Making under Uncertainty
6 units
summer, Y1 --or-- fall, second year (Y2), depending on space availability
95-796 Statistics for IT Managers
6 units
summer, Y1 --or-- fall, Y2, depending on space availability

Restricted Electives – 48 units

Electives can be fulfilled by any approved courses in the Heinz College or Tepper School or any courses* in ECE, EPP, School of Computer Science, INI or III (49-xxx) that are numbered 300 or above. Restricted electives may not be taken as pass/no pass/audit. In addition, students should select restricted electives that complement the core curriculum. Note, only up to 36 units of undergraduate courses (300-599) can be considered toward degree requirements (between core and restricted elective courses).

Students may transfer up to 36 units from courses taken at University of Hyogo toward the MSIT-IS. The courses must be approved by Carnegie Mellon.

*Some exceptions apply. Exceptions are noted in the INI Student Handbook. Please refer to the Enrollment & Registration section of the student handbook under item 10. Courses Outside Degree Requirements. If you have any concern as to whether a course can count towards your degree requirements, please consult with the INI Academic Affairs Office.

Master's Project or Course Option – 36 units

Students choose either a Master's Project or Course Option:

  • Master's Project: Either, 1) a thesis research paper that will allow students to delve deeply into a problem and create a solution for a research-based project, providing the opportunity to gain significant knowledge and skills in a particular area; or, 2) a development-based project that will allow students to build up knowledge and skills in delivering successful solutions for industry.
  • Curriculum Option: A set of courses that will equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in industry.

The Master’s Project is done during the summer between Y1 and Y2.

Course Sequence Example - Pittsburgh Track

Fall Y1 (Kobe)

Core requirements:

  • 14-740  Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks (12 CMU units via VTC)   
  • 14-741  Introduction to Information Security (12 CMU units via VTC)   

Students may transfer any of the following courses:

  • [Hyogo course]  Telecommunications Management (12 units may be transferred to CMU as an elective)
  • [Hyogo course]  Basics of Modern Cryptography (12 units may be transferred to CMU as an elective)
  • [Hyogo course]  Economic Analysis (6 units may be transferred to CMU as an elective)


Spring Y1 (Pittsburgh) 

Students must register for 36-48 units.

  • 14-761  Applied Information Assurance (12 units)
  • 14-782  Information Security Risk Management I (6 units)       
  • 14-784  Information Security Risk Management II 14-788  Information Security Policy and Management (6 units)  
  • Restricted elective course(s)
  • Course option course(s)

Summer Y1 (Pittsburgh)

  • 95-760  Decision Making under Uncertainty (6 units), depending on space availability
  • 95-769  Statistics for IT Managers (6 units), depending on space availability
  • Work on research for Master's Project (The INI will post 14-709 Master's Project for 36 units in the semester that a student defends.)

Fall Y2 (Pittsburgh)

Students must register for 36-48 units

  • 95-760  Decision Making under Uncertainty (6 units), depending on space availability
  • 95-796  Statistics for IT Managers (6 units), depending on space availability
  • Restricted elective course(s)
  • Course option course(s)

A Note for Dual-Degree Students:

April - August (Kobe) - Prior to the Fall Y1, dual degree students commence their program at the University of Hyogo. All of the courses from April to August are taken from the University of Hyogo and the credit is applied to the Master of Applied Informatics.

January - March (Kobe) - After Fall Y2, dual degree students return to the University of Hyogo to complete the dual degree. All of the courses from January to March are taken from the University of Hyogo and the credit is applied to the Master of Applied Informatics.

Carnegie Mellon Curriculum - Silicon Valley Track

Students may choose to study at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus in California during their summer and fall in the U.S.

The Silicon Valley Track is based on the bicoastal program, and students can refer to the bicoastal MSIT-IS curriculum for further clarification.

Course Delivery

Course Delivery at University of Hyogo

Some courses are taught from Carnegie Mellon to the University of Hyogo via distance learning technologies. Co-instructors and teaching assistants support the students in Kobe. Faculty teach the remaining courses onsite at the University of Hyogo.

Up to 36 units taken at the University of Hyogo may be transferred to Carnegie Mellon toward the MSIT-IS degree. For the transferable courses at the University of Hyogo, all lectures and coursework are in English.

Course Delivery Technologies

Some courses are delivered in real-time from Pittsburgh through video teleconferencing (VTC) technologies. A smartboard is used and an electronic whiteboard, which allows annotations to be streamed in real-time and saved. The Canvas course management system acts as a central interactive repository for all course materials ( i.e., online grade book, asynchronous discussion forums and a virtual chat for synchronous exchange of information).

Faculty

Faculty from Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. conduct both remote-teaching lectures from the U.S. and face-to-face lectures in Japan. Faculty from the University of Hyogo conduct lectures in Kobe on a full-time basis.

Course Delivery at Carnegie Mellon University

Classes are conducted directly by the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. Projects (topic-based research) are carried out individually or in small groups under the instruction of the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.