Choosing the INI

As you review your graduate school options, consider a few reasons why top students choose the INI.

#1.  A Carnegie Mellon Education

As a student at the INI, you'll have the resources of one of the top 25 universities in the U.S. at your fingertips. Carnegie Mellon's more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursue specialty programs that are considered among the best. The INI is part of the College of Engineering, which consistently ranks among the Top 10 engineering colleges in the U.S. At the INI, you'll be learning from some of the best in the field.

#2.  Research Opportunities

As an INI student, you'll have the opportunity to work on research projects at one of several research centers at the university. While there are many opportunities on campus, research at the INI isn't confined to the university setting. At the INI you'll also have the chance to work on real-world problems for companies and organizations in the areas of information networking, information security, and mobility.

#3.  Strong Career Connections

INI students prepare for important jobs in technology, and the staff and faculty are committed to making sure students find these jobs. The graduating class consistently catches the interest of top companies and earns among the highest starting salaries of any department at Carnegie Mellon. Through the INI's dedicated career services, a broad alumni network and numerous industry connections, you'll have a direct line to multiple career resources and many top corporations in a variety of sectors.

#4.  A Global Education for a Global Economy

The INI prepares students for careers in the global workplace by connecting students around the world. The students who attend classes often represent a dozen or more nations around the world. INI students in Kobe, Japan, and in Silicon Valley attend courses taught remotely from Pittsburgh via the latest video teleconferencing technology. Both in and out of the classroom, the INI programs integrate international issues and perspectives in order to provide students with a truly global education that they can put to work in their home countries.

#5.  Scholarships for INI Students

The majority of INI students receive funding in the form of scholarships, student loans, research assistantships or teaching assistantships. In a continued effort to provide funding opportunities to highly-qualified applicants, the INI offers two Director’s Fellowships, which will provide full tuition scholarships to two incoming INI students annually. The INI has partnered with the Executive Women’s Fellowship to award a full scholarship since 2007. Through Carnegie Mellon's designations as Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD), Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R), and Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops), the INI participates in the federal CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program and the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP), where eligible MSIS students may receive full financial assistance in exchange for work at a federal agency.