MSIT Course Catalog-Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Carnegie Mellon University

MSIT Course Catalog

This catalog is intended to detail Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda's (CMU-R) MSIT programs for use by current postgraduate students, faculty, and administrators. At CMU-R we appreciate that applicants, prospective students, and many other people will read this material, as well, for some understanding of University programs and culture. Information in the catalog is current as of August 2013; the next Catalog will be published in August 2014. In the interim, new courses will be announced in the course schedules which are usually available in November and April.
The program requirements and academic policies set forth in this Catalog are subject to change. As a consequence, students are expected to consult for the most up-to-date information about program requirements.
For successful completion of the MSIT program, you must complete the required 144 units with a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0 (B).  The 48 units of elective credit can include up to 12 units of undergraduate credit (courses with numbers less than XX-600), and up to 15 units of MSIT Research Project (04-980).  No more than 168 units can be taken to accumulate the 144 units of credit counted toward the MSIT degree.


At CMU the academic year divided in 3 semesters: the Fall semester from mid-August till mid-December, the Spring semester from mid-January till mid-May and the Summer semester from mid-May till mid-August. Each semester is 14-15 weeks long.


A course can be a semester-long course (15 weeks) or a mini-course (7 weeks). Courses take place during the Fall and Spring semesters with no courses scheduled for the Summer semester.


Each course is assigned a number of “units” to represent the quantity of work required of students. For the average student, one unit represents one work-hour of time per week throughout the semester. The number of units in each course is fixed by the faculty member in consultation with the college offering the course.  Hence, a 12 unit semester-long course should require 12 hours of student engagement, on average, including class time; if the instructor requires 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of recitation, they can expect students to spend 8 hours outside of class engaging in class work. For mini courses that run for only seven weeks, the conversion from units to number of hours per week during the mini involves multiplying by 2. For example, a 6 unit mini course should on average involve 12 hours of student engagement per week; if the instructor requires 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab, they can expect the students to spend 6 hours outside of class.

Core Courses

MSIT Seminars, Internship, and Practicum

Elective Courses