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Practicum-Option Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Building upon the success in education and placement of the BME undergraduate double major program, this course-based Practicum-Option Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is particularly appealing to students of traditional engineering or basic sciences backgrounds who wish to develop a career in biomedical engineering. Students interested in entering medical or graduate schools may also find the program useful for building up the knowledge and credential. This program combines coursework and practical training over a period of 9-12 months of full-time residence.

Dual Master Degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM)

The E&TIM Masters program trains future engineering leaders by providing frameworks to lead, foster and manage technical innovation. The Practicum-Option Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program may be combined with the E&TIM program to form a 2-year dual master program that encompasses two highly interdisciplinary and innovative fields in a complementary fashion.

Research-Option Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The Research-Option Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering facilitates a career that requires a combination of advanced knowledge and basic research skills, e.g. member of R&D teams in academic or industrial institutions. In addition, the typical 18-24 month time frame is highly compatible with the application cycle of a M.D., D.M.D., or a wide range of biomedical Ph.D. programs.

Biomedical Engineering—Ph.D.

In this program, students are prepared for careers as independent researchers in the academic, clinical, industrial and governmental sectors of the biotechnology and health care fields. Students perform original research under the guidance of a BME faculty member that leads to novel and significant contributions in one or more of the following subfields of biomedical engineering: bioimaging, biomechanics mechatronics, biomaterials and regenerative medicine, and cellular and molecular biotechnology. Students applying to this program should have a substantial life sciences background via coursework or research experiences. The requirements are flexible, allowing the student to develop a program that is best suited to his or her own background and career goals. Completion of the Ph.D. usually takes four to five years for those students entering with bachelor’s-level preparation and three to four years for those entering with master’s-level preparation.

Biomedical Engineering [with University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine]—M.D./Ph.D.

This NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program gives selected medical students the opportunity to receive both the M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. The aim is to educate physician-engineers who can blend both research and clinical perspectives as they contribute to biomedical advances. Prospective students should apply directly to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Accepted students enter Ph.D. studies after their second year of medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and satisfy the same degree requirements as Ph.D. students entering with master’s-level preparation. Completion of the Ph.D. portion of the program is targeted at three years of full-time study.
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The Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate degree programs emphasize traditional academic classroom studies and both computational and experimental research that focuses on novel and challenging problems in process systems engineering, solid state materials engineering, envirochemical engineering, complex fluids engineering and biological engineering.

Chemical Engineering—M.Ch.E., M.S.Ch.E., Ph.D.

The Master of Chemical Engineering (M.Ch.E.) is a coursework-only degree signifying that the recipient has learned fundamental chemical engineering principles forming the foundation of analysis. The degree requirements include electives that allow students to take several breadth/depth/skill courses to complement the core knowledge. These electives are essentially free electives so the student can study alternative topics such as business, finance, entrepreneurship, or take more science or engineering.

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S. with project report) degree signifies that the student has learned the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and has completed a research project requiring both significant work under the supervision of a project advisor and production of a brief written description of it.

The Ph.D. is the highest academic degree. The cornerstone of a Ph.D. education is the development of a research-based thesis. The thesis research begins with the selection of a research area and faculty mentor called the thesis advisor. The knowledge generated is disseminated to the scientific and technological community through the publication of articles in the scientific literature and through presentations at meetings and symposia.

Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces—M.S.C.P.S.

This program focuses on the engineering of complex fluids, which consist of nanoparticles (colloids), macromolecules and interfaces. Topics are relevant to industrial technology and the manufacture of products based on complex fluids; examples include pharmaceuticals, coatings and paint, cosmetics, surfactant-based products and biotech materials. The program can be completed in nine months with coursework only, or in 1.5 years with a research project. The MSCPS can also be combined with masters programs in Chemical Engineering.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering—M.S., Ph.D.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an M.S and Ph.D degree for students studying in four main areas: advanced infrastructure systems, environmental engineering science and management, green design and mechanics, materials and computing. Each of these areas of specialization is described below. The MS degree is usually taken as a course-only degree program (as 96 units of graduate course work) and is intended to prepare students for leadership roles in engineering practice. The department also offers a research project-based MS, which in addition to courses, requires research units to be taken and a thesis or project report to be written. The department offers a PhD degree to prepare students for careers in academic, governmental, or industrial research and development. The PhD degree requires that the student pass comprehensive and proposal exams; the main requirement is a research dissertation that describes original contributions to engineering and is publicly defended. Interdisciplinary work is strongly encouraged; joint programs with the Carnegie Mellon Schools of Architecture and Business exist.

Advanced Infrastructure Systems

This area of graduate study addresses the application and exploration of emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to a broadly defined set of infrastructure systems and associated processes, such as planning, design, construction, facility/infrastructure management, and environmental monitoring, so as to improve their sustainability, efficiency, maintainability, durability, and overall performance of these systems. Graduate courses and research opportunities exist in: 1) sensing and data acquisition systems; 2) data management, analysis, mining and modeling for infrastructure applications; 3) informatics for the construction, operation and maintenance phases of infrastructure systems; 4) project management; and 5) infrastructure management.

Environmental Engineering, Science and Management

This area of graduate study addresses the macro-, micro- and nano-scale issues related to protection and restoration of air, soil and water quality, green product and process design, and environmental sustainability. Graduate courses and research opportunities exist in climate change; sustainable engineering; alternative energy; urban watersheds; fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes in environmental systems and treatment processes; energy management; sustainable infrastructure; computational modeling on molecular and global scales; air quality; environmental microbiology and biotechnology; nanoscience and technology. Multidisciplinary education and research is emphasized, including opportunities for integrated field and laboratory studies.

Green Design

This area of graduate study addresses green practices and responsible environmental stewardship that will enable sustainable growth and a healthy environment and exposes students to complex problems from various perspectives that can only be gained from interdisciplinary research and education that spans engineering, science, social sciences, and policy. Graduate courses and research opportunities exist in environmental life cycle assessment for analysis of product and infrastructure life cycles that lead to the greatest environmental and energy impacts; infrastructure requirements of alternative fuels; environmental impacts of electricity production; biofuels; green construction; sustainable consumption.

Mechanics, Materials and Computing

This area of graduate study addresses the numerical simulation of solid and fluid mechanical and thermal phenomena with a view toward the analysis and optimum design of engineering systems; understanding and characterization of complex physical phenomena; design and functionality of existing materials used in structural, energy, and sensing applications, the design of new materials providing targeted structural and electrical functionality, the design of earthquake-resilient structures and materials, and the prediction of natural disasters like earthquakes and landslides, which all require a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of crystalline, granular and amorphous materials under normal and extreme conditions. Graduate courses exist in elasticity theory; finite elements in mechanics; micromechanics; mathematical methods for engineers; numerical methods in mechanical engineering; inelasticity; and dislocation mechanics.

Joint programs of study also exist with the School of Architecture, the Tepper School of Business and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Jointly Offered Programs

Architecture–Engineering Construction Management [through Architecture]—M.S.

The M.S. (AECM) is a 9- or 16-month program that aims to prepare building delivery professionals—civil engineers, construction planners, facility managers, developers, architects, planners, landscape architects, interior designers and other building consultants—for careers that can have a positive impact on economic, environmental and ethical concerns through the management of design, construction, maintenance and use of facilities.

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Master of Business Administration
[with Tepper]—M.S./MBA

This dual program offers students the opportunity to develop technical and managerial skills in the management of civil and environmental organizations, projects and systems, as well as business management.

Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy
[with EPP]—Ph.D.

This program is administered jointly with the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Students must fulfill all of the Ph.D. requirements of both departments.

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The Ph.D./M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research-oriented degrees. Students in these programs generally work toward a Ph.D. Those in the Ph.D./M.S. program may also be awarded an M.S. degree in the course of their work toward a Ph.D., when they complete all the requirements for the M.S. degree.

Electrical and Computer Engineering—M.S.

The Professional M.S. and Integrated M.S./B.S. (IMB) programs are more course-intensive than the research-oriented programs. The Professional M.S. Program is for students who already have a B.S. and are interested in further professional development. Undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon can obtain an M.S. simultaneously with their B.S. through the IMB Program.

Electrical and Computer Engineering—Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary research, a systems-level approach and close ties to industry all work together to yield relevant and timely research in the ECE department. Areas of research within the department include computer systems and computer security, data storage systems, electronic design automation and manufacturing, embedded systems, microelectromechanical systems, biotechnology and networking. All full-time Ph.D. students engage in research under faculty guidance. This degree is offered in both Pittsburgh and Portugal.

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Energy Science, Technology, and Policy—M.S.

The Energy Science, Technology and Policy program (ESTP) offers an interdisciplinary Professional M.S. for students who seek a distinctive engineering degree that is aligned with new discoveries in energy science and technology, attuned to sustainability and the environment, and informed by economics and policy. Required and elective energy courses include a core, plus energy-related courses determined by your disciplinary concentration in Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, Materials Science & Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. As an ESTP graduate you will be prepared to pursue a position of responsibility and leadership in one of the many energy-related markets including: traditional utility companies and energy suppliers, alternative and renewable energy companies, power generation and distribution equipment companies, energy intensive manufacturing and operating companies, consulting companies, NGOs, non-profits, government, and academic institutions.

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Engineering and Public Policy—M.S., Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program has a very strong research orientation, with students beginning their research soon after entering the department. This program prepares students with backgrounds in engineering, science or mathematics for research careers that address problems in technology and public policy—especially in energy and environmental systems, IT and telecommunications policy, risk analysis and communication, and the management of technical innovation and R&D policy. The department also addresses issues in technology and economic development, focusing in particular on China, India, Mexico and Brazil. Except in special circumstances, EPP does not admit terminal M.S. students. Joint degrees with other engineering departments may also be pursued once the student has enrolled at CMU. The PhD degree is offered in both Pittsburgh and Portugal.

Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change
[with Heinz, H&SS and Tepper]—Ph.D.

This joint program spans four colleges at Carnegie Mellon: Tepper, Heinz, H&SS (Department of Social and Decision Sciences) and CIT (Department of Engineering and Public Policy). Students receive training in the areas of firm strategy, entrepreneurship and technological change, with an emphasis on analytic modeling. Coursework draws from a number of disciplines and areas, including economics, history, statistics, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship and firm strategy.

Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (TCE) [with Tepper, Heinz, and H&SS]—Ph.D.

Technological Change and Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Graduates receive a degree from Carnegie Mellon University as well as one awarded by the Portuguese Partner University (either Technical University of Lisbon or Catholic University of Portugal).

This unique doctoral degree program aims to prepare students for research and teaching positions in entrepreneurship and technology management in business and policy schools, as well as engineering schools. Students will also be trained to work in leadership positions in technology and consulting firms. The program will focus on public policy, firm strategy, and market and entrepreneurial dynamics associated with the development, commercialization, implementation and diffusion of new technologies, as well as their impact on industrial re-structuring and economic development. As part of ICTI, the program will have a special emphasis on Information and Communication Technologies.

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Engineering and Technology Innovation Management—M.S.

E&TIM is a professional, interdisciplinary program for candidates with substantial science or engineering backgrounds. The program offers the fundamentals of innovation management and value creation, while providing additional technical education. It is appropriate for those who aspire to lead technology development and engineering, create new technology-enabled ventures, develop business technology strategies, or design policies to encourage technological innovation. The E&TIM M.S. features a unique spring semester start and a required summer internship as part of the curriculum. The program can be completed in one year for full-time students; a two-year part-time option is also available for local students.

Engineering and Technology Innovation Management—Dual M.S.

For applicants interested in pursing an M.S. degree in a traditional engineering field while additionally pursuing an E&TIM M.S., a full-time, two-year dual degree option is available. The following traditional engineering programs at Carnegie Mellon University are offered as E&TIM Dual Degree options:

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.B.M.E.)
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.Ch.E)
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S. Program)
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Professional M.S. Program)
  • Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (Course Option)
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Course Work Option)

Engineering and Technology Innovation Management–Pittsburgh/Silicon Valley Bicoastal M.S.

The E&TIM Bicoastal M.S. program combines Pittsburgh campus courses with a Silicon Valley experience and builds on the strengths of the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus elective offerings, such as software engineering and software management courses. Full-time E&TIM bicoastal program candidates spend the spring semester at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the fall semester at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in Mountain View, California, with a professional internship midway through the program.


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As an integral department of the College of Engineering and a collaboration of the School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business and the Heinz College, the INI’s professional degree programs represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics and policies of secure communication networks and systems.

Pittsburgh–Silicon Valley M.S. in Information Technology (MSIT) Programs

M.S. in Information Technology-Mobility (MSIT-MOB)
M.S. in Information Technology-Information Security (MSIT-IS)
M.S. in Information Technology-Software Management (MSIT-SM)

As unique bicoastal programs offering three areas of specialization, the MSIT programs blend technology, management, and industry experience to prepare students to become intelligent decision-makers in the field of information technology. The global MSIT program is the Kobe MSIT-IS, which is a dual-degree master's program offered in collaboration with the University of Hyogo in Japan.

Pittsburgh M.S. in Information Networking (MSIN)

The MSIN gives students a solid foundation in information networking and introduces students to management, strategic thinking, and policy, with the opportunity to study each of these areas in greater depth through electives. A new Computer Forensics and Incident Response Track is offered.

Pittsburgh M.S. in Information Security, Technology & Management (MSISTM)

Offered exclusively at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, the MSISTM program is ideally suited to students who want to assume leadership positions in the information security arena. This graduate degree program meets the criteria for the federal government's Scholarship for Service Program (SFS). A new Computer Forensics and Incident Response Track is offered.

Integrated Master’s Programs (MSIN and MSISTM)

Undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon have the opportunity to integrate an INI master’s degree program with a customized undergraduate curriculum. Students add a fifth year to pursue a fast track leading to the Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN) or Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM).

Master of Information Technology Strategy (MITS) [with SCS/ISR, H&SS]

Offered exclusively at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, the MITS degree program provides a multidisciplinary education that addresses threats caused by cyber operations, opportunities for enhanced information analysis and exploitation, the development and management of innovative information technology systems, and decision-making challenges associated with the above. The program has five areas of concentration: Big Data & Analytics, Decision Science & Policy, Information Security, Software Engineering, and Systems Engineering & Networking. The MITS program is a cooperative endeavor of the College of Engineering, School of Computer Science (SCS) and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS).

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Materials Science and Engineering—M.S.

The M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a coursework-based degree that provides an advanced foundational education to professionals interested in careers in MSE. Materials Science and Engineering is an engineering discipline that applies the tools of basic and applied sciences and engineering to the manufacture and application of materials and devices. Graduates of the MSE department are pursuing careers in companies, national laboratories, and universities in an expanding spectrum of technical endeavors, ranging from health and biotechnology to energy production, transmission, and utilization to manufacturing and materials production to information technologies.

Materials Science—M.S.

The M.S. in Materials Science (MS) degree combines both coursework and research to provide an advanced foundational education to professionals interested in research careers in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). MSE is an engineering discipline that applies the tools of basic and applied sciences and engineering to the manufacture and application of materials and devices. Research and development in MSE is carried out in an expanding spectrum of technical areas by companies, national laboratories, and universities, areas ranging from health and biotechnology to energy production, transmission, and utilization to manufacturing and materials production to information technologies. Because MSE is an extremely interdisciplinary field, our M.S. in MS degree provides the foundation at the graduate level of all MSE activities in coursework, while allowing for flexibility in individual research interests: students can pursue research with over 40 MSE affiliated faculty. The M.S. in MS degree is well suited to include projects involving industrial interactions and/or interdisciplinary work.

Materials Science and Engineering—Ph.D.

The Doctoral degree emphasizes the creation of new knowledge through extensive independent research, the interpretation of phenomena revealed by research, and the extraction of general principles upon which predictions can be made. In the MSE department, doctoral research can be conducted in a range of areas, including nanomaterials, biomaterials, materials for energy applications, metals, ceramics, electronic materials, and magnetic materials. Each Doctoral student's research is guided by a faculty advisor and a dissertation committee with milestones that allow graduation in four years or less. The milestones and expectations for doctoral students are described on the website.

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Master of Science in Computational Design and Manufacturing – M.S.

This new innovative program is intended for students who have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and desire to advance their careers by acquiring problem-solving skills with modern computational engineering tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). Students will sharpen their skills by learning the theories and applications of computational design and manufacturing methods through a balance of course and project work. The project work provides students with practical problem-solving experiences through the use of commercial computational tools or the development of their own custom software.

Mechanical Engineering/Course Work Option—M.S.

This option consists primarily of graduate-level course work undertaken over two semesters, allowing a student to move quickly toward pursuing a Ph.D. or employment in industry. The intense program is designed to hone professional skills and talents. Up to 12 units of research credit and/or supervised reading credit can be earned under faculty supervision as an option for this degree.

Mechanical Engineering/Project Option—M.S.

This option consists of a mix of course work and independent research. Course requirements for the project option are slightly more flexible than those for the course work option to allow for a more intense research opportunity. The typical time to completion is two years. Academic activity is balanced with hands-on research opportunities to create an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving.

Mechanical Engineering—Ph.D.

The student’s research experience forms the core of the Ph.D. program. Research involves active, student-directed inquiry into an engineering problem. Research areas include acoustics and vibrations, controls and robotics, design and manufacturing, solid mechanics and thermal fluids. In addition, newly emerging interests include, but are not limited to, bioengineering, data storage, fuel cells, air quality, robotics and micro/nanoengineering. Much of the research is conducted within the department, but many projects are carried out in collaboration with other departments and centers on campus, as well as with other parts of the university and with close industrial collaborators.



Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services [with CIT and Tepper]—MII-PS

The one-year professional degree in integrated innovation is offered by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon. The Integrated Innovation Institute is a unique academic, research, and executive education entity that is jointly supported by the College of Engineering, the College of Fine Arts' School of Design, and the Tepper School of Business. The Master of Integrated Innovation degree focuses on the creation of products, services and interactive experiences that define new product opportunities that exceed user value expectations. The program excels at providing engineers, designers, business students and those in related fields, the skills and knowledge to become elite innovators.


Master of Integrated Innovation - New York City

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