Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

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MSSM Program Details: Part-Time Format

Designed with the working professional in mind, this degree format offers the option to attend classes on-campus or remotely.

Gain the skills you need to level up your career in the software industry in a flexible format. 

Graduates with extensive industry experience pursue strategic and executive leadership positions in software businesses.


How It Works

You attend classes in the evening, one night a week.

Classes take place between 5:30 - 9:30pm PT, with approximately 2 hours of synchoronous class time required per week. Classroom activities include a mix of instructor lectures, guest speakers and classroom discussions with your peers. 

You can attend in person at the Silicon Valley campus or remotely via Zoom.

As a working professional, you're busy. We respect your time and have designed this degree format to be flexible, allowing you to attend synchronous class in person or remotely.  You can plan your work and personal schedule around class times to allow you to balance your education with your life.

Much like the workplace, you'll work closely in teams with your peers.

Further develop your leadership and team-building skills in a hands-on, team environment.  You'll partner with your peers to work on projects and presentations, to balance your technical skills with your interpersonal skills.

Curriculum & Course Preview

  • Standard part-time track: Two years, over six contiguous semesters
  • 144 units are needed to complete all degree requirements
  • If work or other demands require that you take a break from the program, you may request a leave of up to one year.  Students have a total of 6 years to complete the program.  
  • Students must have a minimum QPA of 3.0 to graduate.

For additional details regarding degree requirements, review our full Graduate Student Handbook.

You will complete courses in the following areas:

Requirements Analysis

Software Product Definition

Process & Project Management

Enterprise Innovation

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Elements of Software Management

Metrics for Software Managers

The Business of Software

Software Product Strategy

Agile Marketing for High Tech Innovation

Organizational Behavior for High Tech Knowledge Industry

Data Analytics

Open Source Software

Architecture & Programming Principles

Mobile Apps for the Internet of Things

Architecture Principles for Product Managers

The MSSM Experience: In Their Own Words

As a seasoned software engineer, Lloyd D'Silva (MSSM '15) came to the MSSM program in Silicon Valley to learn how the best minds work and how the best products are built.

Applying lessons from his experience, he now works as a Partner Product Manager at Google, serving as a technical consultant to support the business goals of the company's various product teams.