Carnegie Mellon University

Degree Programs

Four Key Elements of the E&TIM program

There are four elements in this one-year MS Program: core courses, technical electives, innovation management electives and a summer internship project. 

1. Five Required Core Courses

  • The Strategy and Management of Technological Innovation
  • Two "Innovation Management in Practice" seminars (taken in both Spring & Fall semesters)
  • Product/Process Innovation Requirement (e.g. Quantitative Entrepreneurship: Analysis for New Technology Commercialization)
  • Managerial and Engineering Economics

2. Electives in Engineering and Technology

Carnegie Mellon courses chosen according to a student's area of technical interest.

3. Electives in Innovation Management 

Innovation management electives address Industrial R&D and Entrepreneurship; International Business and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; and Innovating in the Context of an Organization. Since the interests of the student determine elective choices, there is a range of electives that could be approved for an E&TIM student's course of study.

4. Summer Internship Practicum Project

The E&TIM internship experience is positioned between the first and second semesters of study. This enables students to both prepare for and learn from this real world experience.

Sample Full-Time Program Structure

The basic structure for E&TIM includes five required courses (including a seminar course each semester, as well as a project course) and the integral summer internship.   The tailoring of the program to individual student interests occurs through the choice of technical electives and innovation management electives.

Academic Block 1
Spring Term

Strategy and Management of Technological Innovation

Innovation Management in Practice Seminar

Managerial and Engineering Economics

One or Two electives (can be either a technical elective or innovation management elective)

A product or process innovation project course (e.g. Quantitative Entrepreneurship: Analysis for New Technology Commercialization or Modern Prototyping Techniques)

Internship Practicum Project

Summer Term

Hands-on experience at an organization leveraging technology innovation

Academic Block 2

Fall Term

Innovation Management in Practice Seminar

A product or process innovation project course (e.g. Quantitative Entrepreneurship: Analysis for New Technology Commercialization or Modern Prototyping Techniques)

Two – Four elective (a combination of technical electives and innovation management electives)

One or two technical electives

Degree Options

E&TIM has introduced new opportunities for E&TIM applicants to tailor the program to their interests. For more information on these exciting opportunities, please contact us.

  • The one-year, full-time, professional MS is the standard degree offered by the E&TIM program.
  • The Silicon Valley full-time MS program can be completed in one calendar year, from January to December. In the “bicoastal” option, students attend courses at Carnegie Mellon University's main campus, in Pittsburgh, PA, for the initial Spring semester, Summer internships are at any approved location, and the Fall semester is spent at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus.
  • A two year, part-time E&TIM option is available for students local to Pittsburgh. Working professionals may join E&TIM through this option. Please contact us for more information.
  • E&TIM students may apply for dual degrees with traditional engineering programs at Carnegie Mellon University. Typically, dual degree students enter the University in the fall semester. This program requires four semesters for completion. The E&TIM program traditionally starts in January, but the Dual Degree option may accommodate a fall start.