Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT Programs

The INI offers two degrees through bicoastal delivery in collaboration with the Silicon Valley campus: Mobility (MSIT-MOB) and Information Security (MSIT-IS). Students divide their studies between Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses. The unique combination of rigorous technical topics, practical industry-oriented topics and real-world project experience empowers students to be the movers and shakers of the tech industry, whether launching a tech start-up, joining an enterprise R&D team or fighting cyber-crime. 

Bicoastal Delivery

Combining the rich, academic setting of Carnegie Mellon's main campus with hands-on industry experience in the heart of Silicon Valley, bicoastal students have the best of both worlds. Students spend the first two semesters of the program in Pittsburgh, and travel to Silicon Valley to complete the program. By participating in hackathons, attending industry workshops and networking with leaders in the field, MSIT gain unparalleled exposure in the nation's top tech hub. 

Practicum 

The practicum is a project-based capstone course for MSIT students. Guided by faculty, student teams tackle problems, pilot new ideas and develop solutions for corporate, government and research sponsors. Projects span a variety of topics in computing, mobile systems and security, and range from fundamental research to software development. Recent sponsors include Adobe, Cheetah Mobile, Ericsson, Google, Microsoft, NASA and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. 

Program Learning Outcomes

MSIT-Mobility (MOB) - Prepares students to be at the forefront of the mobility field with a multidisciplinary curriculum spanning both technical and business topics in mobile applications, services and devices.

Students who graduate from this program gain:

  • An ability to explain historical and state-of-the-art mobile technologies relating to devices, networks, providers, data, and applications
  • An ability to apply mobile system skills toward design and implementation of mobile products and services
  • An ability to explain microeconomic and management principles important to businesses that run information systems
  • A demonstrated ability to work on practical team projects with industry 

MSIT-Information Security (IS) - Prepares students to become industry leaders in information security by blending education in information security technology with other topics essential for the effective development and management of secure information systems.

Students who graduate from this program gain:

  • An ability to explain security and privacy principles, and state-of-the-art techniques for security and privacy in information systems including devices, networks, software, and services
  • An ability to explain microeconomic and management principles important to businesses that run information systems
  • An ability to design and implement secure systems and services using knowledge and skills in information security and privacy
  • A demonstrated ability to work on practical team projects with industry 

Silicon Valley MSIT-MOB Academic Advisor

Pei Zhang

Pei Zhang

Associate Research Professor
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
#222, Building 23, Silicon Valley Campus

Silicon Valley MSIT-IS Academic Advisor

Patrick Tague

Patrick Tague

INI Associate Director, Associate Research Professor
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
#218, Building 23, Silicon Valley Campus

Silicon Valley MSIT-SM Academic Advisor

Gladys Mercier

Gladys Mercier

Director, Software Management Program
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
#121, Building 23, Silicon Valley Campus

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