Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

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Frequently Asked Questions


Admissions Resources

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until approximately one month before the start of classes.

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Classes are offered to start your certificate or degree each semester - fall, spring or summer.


Starting in fall 2021, the GRE/GMAT will be optional for iii applications. For those who have not taken the GRE, the weight of components considered in the review process will be redistributed among all submitted materials. In short - YES the GRE is really optional.
If you have taken the GRE, you are encouraged to add strong scores to support your application. Please send your scores directly from ETS or GMAT using the following codes:


Institution Code: 2074 
Department Code: 1699 (Engineering – Other)


You can only send GMAT scores by mail. When sending, use the following codes:

Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services (MIIPS)  69H-J7-31

The average scores of our accepted applicants for the GRE are Quantitative: 159, Verbal: 155, and Analytical Writing: 3.5. The average score for GMAT is 600.

There is no prerequisite background, undergraduate degree, or work experience to enroll. The minimum requirement is that applicants have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Eligibility criteria for enrollment in certificate programs are determined by individual schools and colleges, however, the following groups generally should not apply to become certificate students:

  • Students on or facing academic or disciplinary action.
  • CMU undergraduate applicants for the current or upcoming academic year.
  • International students who do not already have a valid visa to study in the United States (Carnegie Mellon, unfortunately, is not able to issue student immigration documents to certificate students).
  • Prospective graduate applicants for the current or upcoming academic year should consult with their intended graduate program before applying to a certificate program.

Academics / Student Experience

Yes, students earn 20 units of graduate-level credit per certificate upon completion.
Due to the specific curriculum design for our online and residential degree formats, it is not possible to switch from MIIPS Online Degree to residential or vice versa.
Certificates may be taken in any order except the final capstone course.

Each certificate is comprised of two courses. You can complete Course 1 and 2 simultaneously or sequentially. If taken sequentially, Course 1 of a certificate must be taken before Course 2.

Students typically complete a single certificate in one academic term, which requires 20 hours of work per week. Certificates can be extended to two academic terms by taking half of the certificate or one course per term which requires 10 hours of work per week.

Students typically complete the full online MIIPS master’s degree in a part-time capacity which requires approximately 20 hours per week over five terms. However students can also complete the program at an accelerated full-time pace which requires approximately 40 hours per week over three terms or at an extended pace which requires approximately 10 hours per week over nine terms.

Upon completing a certificate, you will have access to iii department alum resources, including virtual events and our private LinkedIn Group. Please note that completion of a certificate(s) does not confer alumni status with the university. You will, of course, always be a welcomed member of the iii community!

Each course meets synchronously for live online classes every other week for 90 minutes. Outside of scheduled class sessions, there might be the need for synchronous team meetings or projects throughout the week. Other work for the courses can be completed asynchronously on your own time.
iii Online Certificates incorporate a balanced combination of live online and remote work. Remote work  will have deadlines but can be completed at your own pace. Live online work will include live zoom class to be held once every other week in the evening 8-9:30 pm Eastern time.
Certificates of completion are electronic and provided by a third party vendor.

Students enrolled in professional programs at CMU are primarily self-funded. The MIIPS Online Degree and iii Online Certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid loans.

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Tuition for 2023-2024 Academic Year
  • iii Online Certificate - $11,059
  • Online MIIPS Degree - $56,400


Students in the MIIPS Online or residential degree program will earn the same degree. Your diploma will state: Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services.