Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences (DC)

CENTER FOR THE NEURAL BASIS OF COGNITION

ENGLISH

HISTORY

MODERN LANGUAGES

PHILOSOPHY

PSYCHOLOGY

SOCIAL AND DECISION SCIENCES

STATISTICS



CENTER FOR THE NEURAL BASIS OF COGNITION

Neural Computation—Ph.D.

The Program in Neural Computation (PNC) is a graduate training program in computational neuroscience for students seeking training in the application of quantitative approaches to the study of the brain. Specifically the program is designed to take advantage of the world class strengths of Carnegie Mellon University and our partner institution, the University of Pittsburgh, in areas including computer science, machine learning, statistics and dynamical systems and to train students to apply these tools to critical problems in neuroscience.

The PNC is a new Ph.D. program, but it is based on the highly successful, but non degree granting graduate training program of the CNBC. Both these programs require training in neuroscience ranging from the cellular to cognitive levels. The PNC also requires extensive training and a research focus in at least one quantitative area. Thus, the PNC program will be especially attractive to students coming from majors in math, computer science, statistics, engineering or physics who want to apply approaches from these disciplines to the understanding of brain function.

http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/pnc


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ENGLISH

Communication Planning and Information Design [with Design]—M.Des.

This two-year professional program is for students who want to explore the new arts of communication and the creative potential of the interplay between words and images in traditional and innovative media. The program provides a balanced integration of theory, practice and production in seminar and studio courses. Students work a summer internship in an organization for experience.

Investigative Journalism - MLitt

This new (fall 2008) masters degree prepares students for careers in both investigative and traditional journalism. It’s available as an extension of the MA in Professional Writing and involves one semester of study abroad in the investigative journalism program at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and an investigative journalism project and thesis completed under the supervision of faculty and practicing journalists. Students interested in this option apply through the MAPW and receive both degrees.

Literary and Cultural Studies—M.A., Ph.D.

The one-year M.A. program introduces students to literary theory and cultural studies. It is ideal for students who wish to prepare themselves for the Ph.D. in English literature or for the world of work based on a background in English and cultural studies. The multi-year Ph.D. program teaches students how to conduct original research and publish in the field of literary and cultural studies. It is also for students interested in university teaching.

Professional Writing—M.A.

The MAPW is a three-semester program that prepares students for communication careers in professional and technical writing including writing for print and electronic media, technical writing, editing and publishing, public relations/corporate communications, and science and healthcare communication. Core skills covered include writing and visual design for print and the web, language and discourse studies, and working with teams and clients on real world projects. Students also complete a required professional internship to help launch their careers.

Rhetoric—M.A., Ph.D.

The one-year M.A. program introduces students to rhetorical and discourse studies. It is ideal for students who wish to prepare themselves for the Ph.D., for law school, or for the world of work based on a background in rhetorical studies and argument. The multi-year Ph.D. program teaches students how to conduct original research and publish in the field of rhetoric and discourse studies. The doctoral program is also for students interested in university teaching, especially the teaching of writing and argument.

english.cmu.edu/
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HISTORY

History— Ph.D.

The graduate studies program at Carnegie Mellon University is based on five thematic areas of faculty strength: African American and African diaspora; Culture and Power; Gender and Family; Labor and Politics; and Technology, Environment, Science, and Health. These areas, which cut across national and temporal boundaries, form the basis for a shared curriculum. After completing their course work, students focus their research in a single national area. Although most of our students pursue research topics in U. S. history, we also have students who specialize in Chinese, European, Latin American, and Russian history. In addition to strong national training, our program provides students with broad exposure to transnational issues.  Almost all our students serve as teaching assistants in our Global Histories courses. Regardless of which national field our students choose to research, our program encourages them to explore thematic issues that transcend national boundaries. Our program is small by design, and students receive a great deal of individual attention from faculty. The program strongly emphasizes research, and all students participate in a yearlong research seminar.

http://www.hss.cmu.edu/departments/history/graduate/index.html
nstaylor@andrew.cmu.edu

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MODERN LANGUAGES

Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition

The Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition is a one-year, intensive program preparing U.S. and international students for careers in second language teaching in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Second Language Acquisition—Ph.D.

This program is designed to create independent and insightful researchers capable of using analytical and empirical methods to illuminate and understand the acquisition, use and maintenance of second languages. The program has a strong commitment to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural research, and is built on the tradition of interdisciplinary research at Carnegie Mellon. Prominent research foci include language acquisition outcomes in diverse contexts of learning, second language literacy (both reading and writing) and the evaluation of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. The program focuses mainly on the acquisition of languages other than English.

http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/modlang/

412/268-5079



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PHILOSOPHY

Logic, Computation and Methodology—Ph.D.

Philosophy—Ph.D.

Our Philosophy Department is distinguished by its precise approach to philosophical issues in cognition, AI, decision and rational choice, epistemology, scientific method, automated discovery, logic, proof theory and mathematical thought. Graduates of the program have been offered posts in philosophy, psychology, computer science, statistics and industrial research—a wide range of career opportunities that reflects the department’s unique dedication to serious, interdisciplinary research ties.

Logic, Computation and Methodology—M.S.

This program offers unique opportunities for studies in areas where the department has distinguished formal research strengths. These are the same research areas that are open to Ph.D. candidates. As a two-year program, it is well suited for students who wish to enhance their training in selected areas of formal philosophy, to either pursue a vocation outside of the academy (e.g., designing expert systems for consulting firms that specialize in AI methods), or to prepare for further graduate study in analytic philosophy, cognitive psychology, computer science, mathematics or statistics.

Philosophy—M.A.

This two-year program provides an opportunity for students with a B.A. in philosophy to continue their work in a more focused and advanced way, as well as for students with a B.A. or B.S. in another field who wish to add a concentration in philosophy. The program offers three areas of specialization: ethics and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of science. The course of study is very flexible, and the broad distribution requirements can be tailored to a student’s interests and background.

hss.cmu.edu/philosophy/graduate.php
412/268-8568

Pure and Applied Logic [with MCS and SCS]—Ph.D.

This interdisciplinary program is jointly sponsored by the departments of Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences and Philosophy. Each of these departments administers a track of the program, and students are admitted directly to one of these three departments, which will serve as their home base. Carnegie Mellon’s large and active Logic Community has a particularly strong concentration in foundational aspects of computing and has an established record of collaborations in pursuing theoretical research, conducting major implementation projects, and running colloquia and workshops. The program builds on these strengths to educate new generations of scientists who will pursue research in Pure and/or Applied Logic.

www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/project/pal/www/pal.html
412/268-2545



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PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology—Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon’s Psychology Department offers a challenging training program in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology and social-personality-health psychology leading to the Ph.D. degree. The program emphasizes application of experimental, mathematical and computational tools to the analysis of behavior. Students with strong backgrounds in psychology as well as biological and natural sciences, mathematics and engineering are encouraged to apply.

Psychology and Behavioral Decision Research [with Social and Decision Sciences]—Ph.D.

This joint program between the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and Psychology combines the perspectives gained from behavioral decision research with a deeper study of the psychological factors of decision making. Students receive rigorous training in research design and analysis, with coursework and research options in such fields as organizational behavior, economics, public policy and human-computer interaction. Students can select from multiple approaches (e.g., cognitive science, behavioral economics or social psychology) to the study of judgment and decision making, and have the opportunity to work with internationally distinguished faculty at the forefront of research.

www.psy.cmu.edu
412/268-6026



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SOCIAL AND DECISION SCIENCES

Social and Decision Sciences - Ph.D.

While most students elect to pursue a standing field, students may also, with the careful oversight of their advisor and the Ph.D. Education Committee, complete the core SDS requirements and receive a degree with the title of Social and Decision Sciences.

Behavioral Decision Research—Ph.D.

Behavioral decision research draws on insights from psychology and economics to provide a descriptively realistic picture of human decision making. The program combines ideas from economics about purposeful and directed decision making with those from psychology that recognize the influence of social, cognitive and emotional factors on such choices. The combination of these perspectives leads behavioral decision research to focus on both the ideals and realities of decision making, and on ways in which both research and practice might be improved.

http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/sds/index.html

Psychology and Behavioral Decision Research [with Psychology]—Ph.D.

This joint program between the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and Psychology combines the perspectives gained from behavioral decision research with a deeper study of the psychological factors of decision making. Students receive rigorous training in research design and analysis, with coursework and research options in such fields as organizational behavior, economics, public policy and human-computer interaction. Students can select from multiple approaches (e.g., cognitive science, behavioral economics or social psychology) to the study of judgment and decision making, and have the opportunity to work with internationally distinguished faculty at the forefront of research.

Students are initially admitted into one home department (either Psychology or Social and Decision Sciences) and apply to the joint program at the end of the first year of graduate study.

www.psy.cmu.edu
http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/sds/index.html

Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change [with CIT, Heinz 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.

The 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.

http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/sds/index.html

Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (TCE) [with Tepper, Heinz, and CIT]—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.

http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=120

Master of Information Technology Strategy (MITS) [with SCS/ISR and CIT]

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 (CIT), School of Computer Science (SCS) and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (DC).

http://www.cmu.edu/mits/index.html
412-268-5198

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STATISTICS

The Masters in Statistical Practice—MSP

The Masters degree in Statistical Practice (MSP) is a one-year, two-semester professional masters degree program that emphasizes statistical practice, methods, data analysis and practical workplace skills. The MSP is for students who are interested in professional careers in business, industry, government, or scientific research. Students who complete this program will be well trained in the practice of statistics and will be very competitive in the job market. Successful completion of the degree will be grade based. There will not be a masters thesis requirement nor a qualifying exam.

Statistics—Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in Statistics seeks to strike a balance between theoretical and applied statistics, and prepares students for university teaching and research careers, and for industrial and governmental positions involving research in new statistical methods.  The program can be completed in four years. Students typically earn a M.S. in Statistics along the way to the Ph.D. The department also allows students to individualize their programs if they wish to specialize in statistics and some particular substantive field such as genetics, astronomy, or neuroscience.

www.stat.cmu.edu

Computational Finance [with Heinz, MCS and Tepper]—M.S.

This 18-month full-time degree (in Pittsburgh or New York) or three-year part-time (in New York) MSCF program focuses on the use of quantitative methods and information technology in the field of finance. The curriculum provides an in-depth understanding of the mathematics used to model security prices, the statistical tools needed to summarize and predict the behavior of financial data, the computer science and e-commerce skills needed to understand the technology used in the financial industry, and the corporate finance needed to employ these skills in finding innovative solutions to business needs.

 http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/master-in-computational-finance/index.aspx

Statistics & Machine Learning—Joint Ph.D. Program

This PhD program differs from the Machine Learning PhD program in that it places significantly more emphasis on preparation in statistical theory and methodology. Similarly, this program differs from the Statistics PhD program in its emphasis on machine learning and computer science. The Joint Ph.D. Program in Machine Learning and Statistics is a program aimed at preparing students for academic careers in both CS and Statistics departments at top universities.

http://www.stat.cmu.edu/programs/graduate/joint-phd-program-in-machine-learning-and-statistics

Statistics and Public Policy [with Heinz]—Ph.D.

This five-year program provides students with comprehensive preparation at the Ph.D. level in both statistics and public policy. The curriculum draws on existing courses in both Statistics and the Heinz School, recognizing that selected courses can meet, simultaneously, the usually separate objectives of the Ph.D. programs in Statistics and Public Policy.

www.stat.cmu.edu



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