Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT Programs

The INI Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) programs have three offerings: Mobility (MSIT-MOB), Information Security (MSIT-IS) and Software Management (MSIT-SM). These professional graduate degree programs integrate technology, management and industry experience to prepare students to become intelligent decision-makers in the field of information technology. All students gain the strategic thinking skills and insight that are essential for technology leaders in today's competitive business environment. In 16 or 20 months, graduates will increase their technical knowledge, build their management capabilities and develop a strong network of contacts, all of which will have long-lasting benefits that broaden their career prospects at graduation and in the future.

Bicoastal Delivery

The Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley programs give students unprecedented access to both the rich academic setting at Carnegie Mellon's main campus in Pittsburgh and the unique professional exposure at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley through bicoastal delivery.

Students spend the first two semesters of the program in Pittsburgh, where they may take classes from the Information Networking Institute and four world-renowned colleges: the College of Engineering, School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business and the Heinz College. To complete the program, students travel to Silicon Valley where they engage in projects with Carnegie Mellon faculty and industry partners.

Program Learning Objectives

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.

Through this program, you strive to:

  • Design and implement embedded systems used in mobile devices
  • Gain skills in low-level protocols for mobile devices, including protocols for networks, radios and sensors
  • Gain knowledge in the players and their interactions in the mobile space, including device manufacturers, network operations, application developers and regulators
  • Design and implement mobile applications and products
  • Manage software development throughout its lifecycle and the resources needed to finish projects
  • Acquire an understanding of microeconomics theory with an emphasis on business applications
  • Acquire an understanding of business management functions, including accounting, finance, human relations, marketing and operations with an emphasis in information systems
  • Apply knowledge in mobility in the areas of information security and software management
  • Equip yourself for life-long learning and professional growth in mobility disciplines

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.

Through this program, you strive to:

  • Develop expertise in both theory and practice of information security
  • Acquire a detailed understanding of information security challenges in browsers, networks and software systems
  • Evaluate technological tools and protocols available to protect against these risks, mitigate system vulnerabilities and restore services
  • Manage software development throughout its lifecycle and the resources needed to finish projects
  • Acquire an understanding of microeconomics theory with an emphasis on business applications
  • Acquire an understanding of business management functions, including accounting, finance, human relations, marketing and operations with an emphasis in information systems
  • Apply knowledge in information security in the areas of mobility and software management
  • Equip yourself for life-long learning and professional growth in information security disciplines

MSIT-Software Management (SM) - Prepares software engineers and project managers for leadership roles in software product management.

Through this program, you strive to:

  • Design and implement software metrics that align with business and stakeholder goals
  • Manage software development throughout its lifecycle and the resources needed to finish projects
  • Manage a diverse team of software professionals
  • Acquire an understanding of failed software projects and their root causes
  • Acquire an understanding of microeconomics theory with an emphasis on business applications
  • Acquire an understanding of business management functions, including accounting, finance, human relations, marketing and operations with an emphasis in information systems
  • Apply knowledge in software management in the areas of mobility and information security
  • Equip yourself for life-long learning and professional growth in software management disciplines

Silicon Valley MSIT-MOB Academic Advisor

Pei Zhang

Pei Zhang

Associate Research Professor
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
Telephone: (650) 335-2823

Silicon Valley MSIT-IS Academic Advisor

Patrick Tague

Patrick Tague

INI Associate Director, Associate Research Professor
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
Telephone: (650) 335-2827

Silicon Valley MSIT-SM Academic Advisor

Gladys Mercier

Gladys Mercier

Director, Software Management Program
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
Telephone: (650) 335-2820

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