Curriculum for MS26

For Students Starting the MSIT in Fall 2014 (MS26)

Students entering the MSIN in Fall 2013 should refer to the MS25 curriculum page.

The curriculum consists of the following main components: the shared core courses, track core courses, restricted electives and a master's practicum.

The core courses establish the necessary background, a common competence level and a specialization in a track. The elective units give students flexibility and breadth in their coursework. 

Finally, the capstone experience is the project practicum, which requires students to apply their knowledge and skills to solve a real-world problem.

Shared Core Courses
36 units
Track Core Courses
(Mobility, Information Security or Software Management)
48 units
Restricted Electives
36 units
Master's Practicum
24 units
Total
144 units

Please note: Students who are completing the MSIT program in 20-months are required to complete an internship.

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 Enrollment Services at ini-enrollment@andrew.cmu.edu for assistance.

Degree Requirements

Shared Core Courses = 36 units

  • 14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunications & Computer Networks (12 units, FALL or SPRING) --OR-- 18-756: Packet Switching and Comp Networks (12 units, FALL). Note, you must have prior networking coursework.
  • 14-741: Introduction to Information Security (12 units, FALL)
  • 14-774: Managerial Economics (6 units, FALL or SPRING)
  • 14-775: Business Management (6 units, FALL or SPRING)

Track Core Courses = 48 units

The track core courses allow students to specialize their degrees in Information Security, Mobility or Software Management.  While we created a 'List of Possible Track Core Courses', it is not exhaustive and students are allowed to select other track core courses as long as they are relevant to their track. If a student wants to pursue a track core course that is not included on the approved list, he or she should file a petition requesting permission to do so.

Restricted Electives = 36 units

Students can select any approved courses in the Heinz College or the Tepper School of Business -- AND/OR -- any courses in ECE, EPP, the School of CS, INI or III (49-xxx) that are numbered 300 and above.

Please refer to the list of approved Heinz College courses for INI students.

Electives may not be taken as pass/no pass/audit. In addition, students should select electives that complement the core curriculum. Note, only up to 36 units of undergraduate courses (300-599) can be considered toward degree requirements (between track and elective courses).

Master's Practicum = 24 units

The practicum provides the opportunity to consolidate and apply the skills and knowledge developed in previous coursework in a team-based approach to a project. A team of students works with an industry client on a real-world problem of value to the client. Importantly, this is an opportunity to apply the team's advanced engineering and management skills, including the specialized knowledge and skills needed to solve a real problem. In particular, team members must learn to work effectively with clients, quickly understand their problem, negotiate deliverables and then select, adapt and apply just the right amount of process and documentation to meet clients' needs and effectively manage the project.

Total = 144 units

Note: Students are required to fulfill a two-semester residency requirement as part of the MSIT degree. Residency is defined as being physically present on the Silicon Valley campus and physically attending class(es) for two full semesters. Courses taken virtually online will not fulfill the residency requirement.

During the summer, students can complete a local internship and take one Mini course. Or, students can take a course in Mini 5 and Mini 6.

Students in the bicoastal MSIT program have the option to complete the degree requirements in 16 or 20 months. Below are 'Semester-by-Semester Guides' to help students create a course plan for 16 months or 20 months.

16-Month Course Plan (4 Semesters)

1st Fall Semester (in Pittsburgh)

  • Students are required to take the following course in the 1st Fall semester:
  1. 14-741: Introduction to Information Security (12 units)
  • Students must take 24-36 units in addition to the required courses. Here are some options:
  1. 14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunications & Computer Networks (12 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring) OR 18-756: Packet Switching and Computer Networks (12 units, 1st Fall) 
  2. 14-774: Managerial Economics (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  3. 14-775: Business Management (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  4. Restricted elective(s)
  5. Track core course(s)

1st Spring Semester (in Pittsburgh)

  • Students must take 36-48 units. Here are some options:
  1. 14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunications & Computer Networks (12 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  2. 14-774: Managerial Economics (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  3. 14-775: Business Management (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  4. Restricted elective(s)
  5. Track core course(s)   

1st Summer Semester (in Silicon Valley)

  • Students are required to take a course(s) in the 1st Summer for the entire semester in order to fulfill one semester of the two-semester residency requirement (either one full semester course or a combination of a mini 5 course and a mini 6 course).
  • Options for the summer semester include:
  1. Restricted elective(s) (either one full semester course or a combination of a mini 5 course and a mini 6 course)
  2. Track core course(s) (either one full semester course or a combination of a mini 5 course and a mini 6 course)
  3. Internship and at least one mini course (Students can pursue an internship in Silicon Valley, while physically attending classes but won't receive credit for it.)

2nd Fall Semester (in Silicon Valley)

  • Students are required to take the following course in the 2nd Fall semester:
  1. 14-798: INI MSIT Project Practicum (24 units)
  • Students may take additional courses. Here are some options:
  1. Restricted elective(s)
  2. Track core course(s)

20-Month Course Plan (5 Semesters)

1st Fall Semester (in Pittsburgh)

  • Students are required to take the following course in the 1st Fall semester:
  1. 14-741: Introduction to Information Security (12 units)
  • Students must take 24-36 units in addition to the required courses. Here are some options:
  1. 14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunications & Computer Networks (12 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring) OR 18-756: Packet Switching and Computer Networks (12 units, 1st Fall)
  2. 14-774: Managerial Economics (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  3. 14-775: Business Management (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  4. Restricted elective(s)
  5. Track core course(s)

1st Spring Semester (in Pittsburgh)

  • Students must take 36-48 units. Here are some options:
  1. 14-740: Fundamentals of Telecomm & Comp Networks (12 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  2. 14-774: Managerial Economics (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  3. 14-775: Business Management (6 units, must take in the 1st Fall or 1st Spring)
  4. Restricted elective(s)
  5. Track core course(s)   

1st Summer Semester

  • Students are not required to take any courses in the 1st Summer semester nor are they required to be physically present and taking classes at the Silicon Valley campus.
  • Other options for the summer semester include:
  1. Internship (Students can pursue an internship but won't receive credit for it.)
  2. Restricted elective(s)
  3. Track core course(s)

2nd Fall Semester (in Silicon Valley)

  • Students are required to take the following course in the 2nd Fall semester:
  1. 14-798: INI MSIT Project Practicum (24 units)
  • Students must take 12-24 units in addition to the required course. Here are some options:
  1. Restricted elective(s)
  2. Track core course(s)

2nd Spring Semester (in Silicon Valley)

  • Students are not required to take specific courses in the 2nd Spring semester; however, students must take what is required to fulfill the degree requirements.