Minoring in Global Systems and Management-Information Systems - Carnegie Mellon University

Minoring in Global Systems and Management

Graduates across all disciplines are increasingly likely to find themselves working as part of a global development team on a wide variety of business, consumer, and intellectual products and services.

The Global Systems and Management minor (GSM) is intended for students wishing to develop skills essential for participating in emerging opportunities in global business systems, systems development, product development and global project management. GSM exposes students to contemporary issues and practices facing organizations, managers and individuals working on a global scale across political, cultural and temporal boundaries.  GSM presents an opportunity for students to learn about being part of an organization that works globally with its employees, business partners, customers and supply chains. 

Students will learn about global project management, outsourcing and cross-cultural communications from theoretical and practical viewpoints. An organized elective structure enables students to tailor the minor reflect their specific interests.


GSM is offered jointly across the departments and programs of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences with participation from the Tepper School of Business. The minor is administered by the Dietrich College Information Systems program. The minor requires students to complete:

  • one Information Systems course: 
    67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems (offered only in the Spring semester)
  • two courses in Communications
  • a combination of 27 units with at least 9 units in each of the categories of:
    • Humanities, Heritage and Culture
    • International Management

for a total of 54 units to complete the GSM minor.

Information regarding the minor can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Study Abroad Options

Students are encouraged to complete a semester of study abroad.  With prior approval from the GSM Advisor, study abroad courses may be applied to GSM minor requirements except for 67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems.  The GSM Advisor should be consulted before embarking on the semester of study abroad.

NOTE: Participating departments may develop and offer other courses that, while not listed here, are deemed appropriate for GSM. Students may submit a course substitution form to the GSM Advisor customized plans that substantially meet the requirements of this minor while allowing the student a personally-crafted learning experience. Proposals should generally be developed no later than the sophomore year, and the minor program started no later than junior year. Proposals will be evaluated for clarity of focus, coherence and depth in areas related to global project development and viability within the context of the Dietrich College and University. Prior approval must be obtained to begin a customized course of study.

Double Counting of Courses

Students may apply one course taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor program toward the GSM minor.

Declaring the GSM Minor

To declare the Global Systems and Management minor, please complete a declaration form found on the Student Policies and Forms page. Students must then schedule a meeting with the GSM advisor, Carol S. Young, to submit the form and preview the GSM audit.