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Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology

Where power players and policymakers accelerate progress.

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"Each subject is brilliantly designed to not only offer me new skills but also the mindset to approach different topics."
Jacoby '23

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology (CMIST)

The global political landscape is an intricate, interwoven set of systems that affect the lives and livelihoods of people throughout the world. In this program, you’ll study policies, learn to make sense of their complexities, and gain a firm grasp of political strategies at the national, regional and international levels. And with a balance of courses in mathematics, statistics and liberal arts, you’ll hone your analytical and critical thinking skills, for understanding a myriad of issues in their full context. 

CMIST Majors and Minors

Choose the path that fits you best. Browse all current Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology (CMIST) curriculums and courses.

International Relations and Political Science

Bachelor of Science

This program helps strategists and scholars analyze the role of politics at the national, regional, international and transnational levels. While pursuing this degree, you’ll examine political and institutional arrangements and investigate the grand strategy of nation-states. You’ll sharpen your skills in scientific analysis with courses in mathematics and statistics, and you’ll learn how to use analytic tools to better understand the nuances of alliances, coalitions, institutions and political strategy. And you’ll round it all out with your choice of electives in areas like international and national security, politics and public policy, cybersecurity and more. 

Economics and Politics

Bachelor of Science

Politics and economics are deeply and inseparably intertwined. In this degree program — a joint major between the Tepper School of Business and the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and Technology (CMIST) — you’ll study the relationship between the two disciplines, learning how political institutions and decision-making affect economic growth, income distribution and many other aspects of economic life.

Political Science, Security, and Technology

Bachelor of Science

The major in Political Science, Security, and Technology takes a social science (not technical) approach to studying emerging technologies that affect war and peace. In this course of study, Carnegie Mellon undergraduates learn how to analyze the political, economic, social, and ethical dimensions of new technologies, equipping themselves to contribute to vital political debates and influence technological developments in the public interest.

Additional Minor Options

  • Minor in Cybersecurity and International Politics
  • Minor in Politics and Public Policy 
  • Minor in American Politics and Law
  • Minor in Military Strategy and International Relations

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High School Course Requirements

4 years English
3 years Mathematics**
1 year Science (2 or more preferred)
2 years Foreign Language
6 electives

**Three years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

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