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 preparing the next generation of technology managers and innovators through a multidisciplinary curriculum that covers key topics in ICT, such as mobile applications, information security and networking, and software management, as well as critical business areas such as finance, operations and entrepreneurship. Applications are now being accepted.

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Through this program, you can:

  • Design and implement mobile applications and products
  • Develop expertise in both theory and practice of information security
  • Acquire detailed understanding of the technical, management and policy aspects of information networking and computer systems
  • Manage software development throughout its lifecycle and the resources needed to finish projects
  • Design and implement software metrics that align with business and stakeholder goals
  • Learn how to use and create innovative applications leveraging mobility, broadband internet, and cloud computing 
  • Acquire an understanding of business management functions, including market planning, strategic business plan, operations, and entrepreneurship with an emphasis in information systems
  • Gain experience in an industrial internship
  • Equip yourself for life-long learning and professional growth in the ICT industry
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MSIT Curriculum

Our 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.

Students are empowered to customize their degree by selecting from a variety of course electives. The MSIT program requires 144 units in total comprising 60 units of core courses, 12 units of seminar, and 48 units of elective courses, and 24 units of practicum. 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.

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

Criteria for MSIT completion:

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.


MSIT Schedule

The MSIT degree is designed to be completed in three or four semesters, plus a three-month internship. A typical four-semester schedule is outlined below. Only 24 units are required in the fourth semester of this sample schedule. 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 (August)

Students admitted to the MSIT program will attend an 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.

Semester 1 (late Aug - Dec)

Three core courses
36 units
First year MSIT Seminar 3 units

Semester 2 (Jan - mid-May)

Two core courses 24 units
One elective course 12 units
First year MSIT Seminar 3 units

MSIT Internship (mid-May - Aug)

Semester 3 (Aug - Dec)

Master's Practicum 24 units
One elective course 12 units
Second year MSIT Seminar 6 units

Semester 4 (Jan - May)

Two elective courses         
24 units

Total Units                                
144 units



CMU-R's graduate student tuition is set by Carnegie Institute of Technology. Please note the other non-tuition fees listed are not applicable to CMU-R students.

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