MS in Information Technology-Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Science in Information Technology

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree is a full-time program that strikes a fine balance between technology, business, and innovation, preparing the next generation of ICT leaders in East Africa. Carnegie Mellon is widely recognized for its unique interdisciplinary environment and focus on hands-on experience solving real-world problems. As a result, our MSIT graduates enter the workplace with the experience and skills required to solve complex problems.

We are offering the MSIT degree with two different focuses:

1)    The professional focus is designed specifically for students interested in becoming IT professionals and looking to develop a career in existing businesses or starting their own business.

2)    The academic focus is designed for students interested in pursuing a research career and/or a Ph.D. after their MSIT. The academic focus is conducted under the supervision of a faculty research adviser who first approves The academic focus is conducted under the supervision of a faculty research adviser who first approves it based on the student’s skills and mutual interest.

MSIT Curriculum

Our MSIT program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that covers key topics in ICT, such as Cybersecurity, Software Engineering, IT Entrepreneurship, Telecommunication and Networking, Data Science, and Energy.

Course Catalog

Criteria for MSIT Completion

The MSIT Degree is obtained by completing components defined in the degree’s curriculum. Each component is assigned a defined number of units. In addition to core courses, students are empowered to customize their degree by selecting from a variety of course electives. This combination of courses allows you to tailor the program to your career and interest needs by selecting relevant elective course whilst studying core courses that provide a solid foundation of skills and knowledge.

To obtain the MSIT degree, students must obtain a minimum number of 144 units with a cumulative quality point average (CQPA) of at least 3.0 (B). No more than 168 units can be taken to accumulate the 144 units of credit counted toward the MSIT degree.

For the professional focus, the 144 units include 60 units of core courses, 48 units of elective courses, which can include up to 12 units of undergraduate credit (courses with numbers less than XX-600), and up to 15 units of MSIT Independent Study (04-980), 24 units of Practicum (04-900), 12 units of seminars, and a three-month internship.

For the academic focus, the 144 units include 60 units of core courses, 36 units of elective courses, which can include up to 12 units of undergraduate credit (courses with numbers less than XX-600), 36 units of MSIT Research Project (04-990), 12 units of seminars, and a three-month internship. 

MSIT Schedule

Students complete the program over three or four study semesters (see the example scenarios below):

Scenario 1 Scenario 2
Duration Units Total Units Duration Units Total Units
Fall | Aug
4 Months 4 Months
Semester 1 1st year seminar 3 1st year seminar 3
Three 12 Unit courses 36 Three 12 Unit courses 36
Total units 39 39 Total units 39 39
Spring | Jan 4 Months 4 Months
Semester 2 1st year seminar 3 1st year seminar 3
Three 12 Unit courses 36 Three 12 Unit courses 48
Total units 39 78 Total units 51 90
Summer 3 Months 3 Months
Internship 0 0
Fall | Aug 4 Months 4 Months
Semester 3 2nd year seminar 6 2nd year seminar 6
One 12 Unit courses 12 Two 12 Unit courses 24
Practicum 24 Practicum 24
Total units 42 120 Total units 54 144
Spring | Jan 4 Months 4 Months
Semester 4 Two 12 Unit courses 24
Total units 24 144
Total Duration
19 Months
Total Tuition
4 Semesters
Total Duration
15 Months
Total Tuition
3 Semesters

Only 24 units are required in the fourth semester in scenario 1. The student would be a part-time student this final semester and the tuition would be prorated accordingly (tuition for full-time students corresponds to 36 units). Please note this is the only semester in which students may be part-time. The MSIT is designed to be a full-time program, and it is not advisable to combine the program with a full-time job. Students can complete the program in three semesters by taking one additional 12-unit course in two of the first three semesters. 

Orientation (July-August)

Students admitted to the MSIT program will be required to attend a four-week orientation session prior to the beginning of their first semester. Through seminars, discussions and assignments, students will be introduced common procedures, tools and methods used in Carnegie Mellon University Master's programs.