Carnegie Mellon University


Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD)
The Master of Advanced Architectural Design is a post-graduate, studio-based program that engages emerging methods of design and fabrication through architectural design to speculate upon future modes of architectural practice, enhanced construction methods, and material culture within the built environment.  With a particular emphasis upon design, the four-semester program leverages the School of Architecture’s and Carnegie Mellon’s core strengths in design fabrication, architectural robotics, computational design, and ecological thinking as vehicles for knowledge acquisition and speculation.
Master of Architecture (M.Arch) 
CMU’s M.Arch is a three-year, first professional degree program. We are looking to enroll a diverse group of students from around the world who are comfortable working in innovative ways and who seek to push the boundaries of the discipline.
Master of Urban Design (MUD)
The Master of Urban Design (MUD) degree is a post-professional, two-­year program that prepares graduates for careers using urban design to critically address environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural issues affecting contemporary urbanization. The studio-­based curriculum allows students to explore design strategies in a variety of scales and settings, from the post-­industrial city to the dense metropolis, from sprawling suburbia to informal settlements.  The studio sequence is supported by small-group seminars and workshops to develop the skill sets necessary for an urban designer in the twenty-­first century. Students graduate with a firm grasp of the history, theory and practice that has established urban design as a discipline, as well as skills in cutting-edge media and design methods.
Building Performance and Diagnostics – M.S., Ph.D.
The Master of Science in Building Performance & Diagnostics (MSBPD) degree program is intended for practitioners, researchers, and educators in architecture and the building industry who wish to be leaders in advanced building technologies and building performance outcomes. The program is based on the premise that the integrated design of building and community systems is critical for environmental sustainability and human health and productivity. The MSBPD is a building science and research-oriented program, with technical depth for careers in sustainability-focused professional practice, environmental research and consulting, the building industry, or pursuing a PhD in Building Science.
Master of Science in Computational Design (MSCD)
Master of Science in Computational Design is a post-professional research-based program investigating new design opportunities and critical perspectives at the intersection of design and computation. The program mobilizes Carnegie Mellon University’s computational strengths to enable students to explore technical and cultural aspects of computation as it relates to architecture, design, and the built environment. In spheres ranging from the applied to the speculative, and from the poetic to the critical, students in the program conduct research on subjects such as artificial intelligence, architectural robotics, digital fabrication, simulation, computational geometry, responsive environments, and shape grammars —as well as on embodied and tangible forms of design interaction, fabrication, and expression.
Computational Design – Ph.D.
The Computational Design program takes a computer science view of design, applying both the science and art of computing to design problems, in relation to creation, presentation, analysis, evaluation, interaction or aesthetic expression; in real and imagined applications, both perceived and conceived.
Our research-based degree programs are intended for practitioners, educators and researchers in architecture, computer science, engineering and those interested in design. Our graduates go on to successful careers in government, industry, academia, and software development. 
Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD)
The Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) is a post-professional research-based graduate program focused on enabling deep expertise, critical thinking, and investigation of innovative sustainable strategies for the design of the built environment.
Master of Tangible Interaction Design (mTID) 
The Master of Tangible Interaction Design (mTID) is truly an interdisciplinary program that integrates computational intelligence and the physical world.  MTID students make interaction tangible by building and programming working prototypes.  Housed in the Computation Design (CoDe) Lab, and leveraging our state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication (dFab) Lab, the program cultivates experimentation and collaboration in an intimate studio setting.
Doctorate in Professional Practice (DPP)
The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DPP) offers distance learning, coupled with on-site educational workshops that support “learning through practice.” It is a three-year program, with specific coursework and scholarship to achieve candidacy status during the first year, a proposal defense the second year, and a thesis defense the final year. Modes of study include conference and video calls, web-based learning, field work, professional practice work, international exchange, institutional meetings and conferences, and other distance learning methods. The PPD program targets mid-career professionals aspiring to solve advanced problems in the fields of architecture, engineering, or construction.
Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management [with CEE] – M.S., Ph.D.
A joint effort between the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management (AECM) programs prepare building delivery professionals for careers in capital project delivery. Graduates are educated to become effective decision makers who can positively impact economic, environmental, and ethical aspects of the built environment through professional management strategies.
Contact Graduate Admissions Coordinator: 412-268-5551


This three-year interdisciplinary program integrates traditional and experimental art research and practice, both individual and collaborative, in 2-D, 3-D and 4-D media. The program emphasizes art in context (social, cultural, historical and scientific), and is a vital participant in the emergent Pittsburgh arts community.


Master of Arts in Design
The Master of Arts (MA) in Design is a one-year degree intended for students without design experience, who would like to transition into design from other disciplines, or add a design complement to their existing professional profile. Through a combination of studio and seminar courses, students are introduced to the fundamentals of visual design and design for interactions, through hands-on exposure to design processes, skills, and thinking. The MA can serve as a prerequisite degree for entry into the MDES or MPS programs.
Master of Design
The Master of Design (MDES) in Design for Interactions is a two-year professional degree for students with an undergraduate degree in design and/or previous design experience. The MDES is currently considered the terminal degree in design. The curriculum situates design within the larger context of interactions between people, organizations, and the built and natural world. Students in the MDES program engage in research-based design for services and social innovation, including a one-year thesis project.
Master of Professional Studies in Design
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Design for Interactions is a one-year degree for students with an undergraduate degree in design and/or previous design experience. The MPS curriculum consists of the first year of the MDES degree. Through a combination of studio and seminar courses, the degree enables students to expand on prior design experience and develop an expertise in design for interactions, within focus areas of design for services and design for social innovation.
Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services [with COE and Tepper]
The Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services is a professional degree that focuses on the creation of products, services and interactive experiences that define new product opportunities that exceed user value expectations. The program excels at providing engineers, designers, business students and those in related fields, the skills and knowledge to become elite innovators. The MII-PS is offered by the Integrated Innovation Institute - a unique academic, research, and executive education entity that is jointly supported by the College of Engineering, the College of Fine Arts' School of Design, and the Tepper School of Business.
Professional Doctorate of Design
The Doctor of Design (DDes) is a three-year, full-time, non-residential degree aimed at mid-career (10 years or more) working design professionals who wish to redirect their ways of working toward more innovative and responsible practices. The program format—distance learning with intensive residential components—makes it possible for professional designers to undertake doctoral studies while continuing employment. This type of research enables candidates to reinvent their own practice as well as further the discipline through the generation of shareable knowledge about innovative design practices. Only US citizens are eligible to apply.
Doctor of Philosophy in Design
The Doctor of Philosophy in Design (PhD) degree is a four-year residential full time program. The PhD is more appropriate for candidates with a Masters level design degree, who wish to become design academics or applied research leaders in design practice. The PhD in Design aims to generate new knowledge about the nature of design and designing, especially in relation to the role of designers in transitioning our societies toward more sustainable futures.


Costume Production—M.F.A.
Students in this program will develop and synthesize skills including draping, flat patterning, tailoring, costume history, fabric dyeing painting and manipulation, millinery, costume management, and design while exploring related fields of personal interest. These skills will allow the student to become the flexible and collaborative individuals who organize and create clothing and accessories for use in theatrical, film, television, and non-traditional applications. Classroom projects are complemented with practical production experience.
This program allows the student to cultivate ideas and skills in the areas of design for the performing arts, from traditional live theatre to film, television, industrial presentations, educational programs and interactive computer programs.  The program’s five focal areas are Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, Sound, and Video and Media Design. A student must concentrate in one area of these components; however, students achieve a familiarity in all design areas. Courses in theatre history, criticism and theory provide a foundation for the training, and classroom projects are complemented with practical production experience.
This program emphasizes both analysis and execution. Courses in directing enhance the student’s own ability and experience by providing opportunities for the practical application of classroom ideas. Four professional faculty directors provide a broad spectrum of response to the work. The School of Drama does not support one particular kind of theatre or one specific way of working; rather, we encourage the students to consider many theories and techniques and to develop individual styles based on their own distinctive creativity and integrity.
Dramatic Writing—M.F.A.
The dramatic writing MFA combines instruction in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for television. The objective is to prepare degree recipients to immediately enter the field, armed with a body of work to present, a deep understanding of the theory and practice of the art, and a working knowledge of the parts of the professional arena that interest them. Students collaborate on productions of their stage and television scripts, and have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses. MFA recipients will have demonstrated a high level of craft, discipline, and openness to wild experimentation.
Production Technology and Management—M.F.A.
This program focuses on the creation and facilitation of production, including resource management, specialized skills and problem-solving. Courses in theatre history, criticism and theory provide a foundation for the training, and classroom projects are complemented with extensive practical production experience in theatre, dance, and opera as well as emerging technology-based projects. The program offers studies in Costume Production, Stage and Production Management, and Technical Direction.


Graduate composers work with a renowned faculty in an atmosphere stressing the performance of new music. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the Contemporary Ensemble all regularly program student compositions. The student composers' forum presents distinguished guests, including composers presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony.
This is an extraordinarily selective program focusing on work with internationally known conductors and educators. Each teacher enrolls only a few new students each year, to provide outstanding focus and performance opportunities with the major ensembles.
Music Education—M.M.
Designed to meet the needs of practicing music educators, this is a personalized course of study based on each individual’s academic background and professional interests. Domestic students must complete a Music Certification program prior to enrollment in this program.
The M.M. is offered in all classical performance areas. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, one of the finest college orchestras in the nation, is the centerpiece for orchestral training. The M.M. curriculum offers students an opportunity to focus on mastery of performance, including specialized training in literature and repertoire, pedagogy and professional skills.
Music & Technology [with SCS and COE]—M.S.
The School of Music, the School of Computer Science (SCS) and the College of Engineering offer the Master of Science in Music & Technology jointly.
This program will consist of a set of courses that span music and technology, as well as a comprehensive capstone composition/design/performance project. As the backgrounds and needs of the students are expected to be highly varied, specific course selection will be supervised by the student’s advisor in concert with an Advising Committee which will include representation from the School of Music, the School of Computer Science, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Potential areas of study include technologically assisted composition, technologically augmented performance; computer music systems and technology; music signal processing; music information retrieval; acoustics, sound recording, and music instrument design; and music cognition and perception.   The ideal student for this program will be an individual who is already excellent in either music or some aspect of technology, and who has also demonstrated substantial skill in the complementary area as well.


Arts Management [with Heinz]—Master of
The Master of Arts Management (MAM) program’s curriculum teaches you management, technical and other skills for leading and improving arts organizations. You will understand not only the practical applications of arts management but also the theory. And, through internships, apprenticeships, and the systems synthesis project, you'll have the opportunity to apply the skills and theory you've learned. MAM draws upon the Heinz School and the College of Fine Arts.
Entertainment Technology Center Master of Entertainment Technology [with ETC and SCS]—M.E.T.
The two-year M.E.T. is jointly conferred by the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. The concept behind both the Entertainment Technology Center and the M.E.T. is having technologists and fine artists work together on projects that produce artifacts intended to entertain, inform, inspire or otherwise affect an audience/guest/player/participant. We do not turn artists into technologists, or vice-versa. While some students will be able to achieve mastery in both areas, it is not our intent to have our students master “the other side.” Instead, we intend for a typical student in the program to enter with mastery or training in a specific area and spend his or her time at Carnegie Mellon learning the vocabulary, values and working patterns of the other culture.