Academic Program Updates for Fall 2014 -Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Academic Program Updates for Fall 2014

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering has announced changes to two of the degree programs offered at the university's Silicon Valley campus.

The campus, founded in 2002, is home to approximately 200 students in five degree programs, including programs that allow students to spend time in both Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Bay Area. Under the direction of Dean James Garrett and Silicon Valley Campus Director Bob Iannucci, all degree programs at the SV campus will be integrated into academic departments within the college.

Iannucci explained that the goal is to unify academic experiences across Carnegie Mellon campuses while still highlighting the distinct characteristics of each location. CMU Silicon Valley's educational, research and entrepreneurship programs leverage the strengths of CMU and the Silicon Valley environment, and "when viewed as a whole, the educational experience at CMU Silicon Valley reflects both integration across the academic programs and strong linkages to the Valley," he said.

The master's degree in Software Engineering (MS SE) will be offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the largest department in the college. James C. Hoe, Associate Department Head of ECE, has led a committee of ECE and SV faculty to revamp the MS SE program starting Fall 2014. "Building on the strength of ECE, the updated program will emphasize, in addition to traditional software engineering fundamentals, an understanding of the contemporary software systems context in embedded systems, mobility, cloud computing, web based systems and software security," Hoe said.

Applications for the MS Software Engineering program will be accepted for Fall 2014 through December 15. Current students in the full-time and part-time programs will be permitted to complete their study under either the existing or the new curriculum.

The MS SE program has strong connections to industry partners and research opportunities. ECE also currently offers MS and PhD programs in electrical and computer engineering at CMU-SV.

CMU's distinctive master's degree in Software Management (MS SM), a hallmark of the Silicon Valley campus, will now be part of the university's new Integrated Innovation Institute. A jointly supported venture of the College of Engineering, Tepper School of Business and the Carnegie Mellon School of Design within the College of Fine Arts, the Institute also offers a degree program for the Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services (formerly Master of Product Development).

Jonathan Cagan, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering and Co-Director of the Institute, said the Software Management program provides invaluable management, innovation, and entrepreneurial perspective for students looking for successful careers in the rapidly changing software industry. "Silicon Valley is the perfect location for students to learn about and experience software product creation, and to initiate new software ventures " he said. "No other campus focused on software creation is better situated to leverage the dynamic software industry."

The MS Software Management degree will be exclusive to the Silicon Valley campus. Applications are now being accepted for full-time and part-time programs.

In addition to the MS Software Engineering and MS Software Management programs, CMU-SV also hosts students from three other graduate engineering programs, which will continue unchanged. The Information Networking Institute offers a two-year MS Information Technology degree at CMU-SV; students in the bicoastal program spend one year in Pittsburgh and complete an internship, practicum and a second year of coursework at the Silicon Valley campus. The MS and PhD programs in ECE also include opportunities to attend classes offered at both campuses. See the CMU-SV Admissions site for information about online applications, requirements and deadlines for Fall 2014.