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Admissions: Master of Science in Software Management

Advance your career in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The Master of Science in Software Management (MSSM) degree equips both aspiring and seasoned software professionals with the technical and management skills to advance their careers or launch their own software products.

Students develop a mix of engineering, management, and leadership skills to succeed wherever software innovation is needed, from startups to international corporations. 


Part-Time Applications for Fall 2024 Open Until June 2024

Full-Time Applications for Fall 2025 Will Open in October 2024


Start Term

Applications Open


Fall 2024
October 1, 2023
June 1, 2024
Fall 2025
October 1, 2024
January 20, 2025

Am I a Good Fit for the Software Management program?

Applicants must demonstrate professional or academic experience in software development.

They are passionate about software innovation and/or entrepreneurship, want to collaborate regularly in teams, and learn best in a hands-on environment.

Additionally, highly-qualified candidates will have the following academic and professional experience:

Undergraduate degree in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, information science, information systems, information technology, or a related field.

The ideal candidate will hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from an accredited institution (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., Higher Learning Commission or U.S. Dept. of Education).

We recommend certain program formats based on an applicant's level of industry experience:

  • Part-time applicants should have five or more years of work experience.
  • Full-time applicants with four or more years of work experience should consider applying to our 12-month MSSM program. Applicants with less experience or who are seeking to pivot careers should consider applying to our 16-month program, which features a summer internship.

Connect with Current MSSM Students

Learn firsthand what makes MSSM career-changing, challenging, and unique by speaking with a student.

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Katherine Wang
(MSSM '24)

Chat with Katherine

Katherine has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about developing technology for good, promoting sustainable B2B ecosystems, and creating an equal and engaging UX experience. She has recently held internship positions as a Product Manager and a Software Engineer.

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Jiali Xu
(MSSM '24)

Chat with Jiali

Jiali has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from New York University. She is passionate about developing AI for healthcare, business analytics, and making changes. She recently had an internship at Acadia and worked on AI R&D.

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Celine Wang
(MSSM '24)

Chat with Celine

Celine has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College. She is passionate about managing software projects, using AI to improve human life responsibly, and product development. She recently held a contract position as a Project Manager & Engineer as well as an internship position as a Software Engineer.

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Chris Peng
(MSSM Part Time '24)

Chat with Chris

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from San Jose State University. He has over 4 years of work experience as a Software Engineer at several companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Yaras Shaikh
(MSSM Part Time '25)

Chat with Yaras

Yaras has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The University of Mumbai. He is passionate about creating a fantastic product, exploring applications/benefits of AI, and environmental sustainability. He has most recently worked at Apple as a Product Manager.

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Aarathi Nair
(MSSM '24)

Chat with Aarathi

Aarathi has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Computer Science Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. She is passionate about innovation, technology, and social and large scale impact.  She recently worked at Scripbox as an Associate Product Manager.

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Jonathan Yap
(MSSM '24)

Chat with Jonathan

Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the National University of Singapore. He is passionate about making an impact in someone's life, achieving new heights, and learning from mistakes. He has most recently worked at Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore as a Senior Infocomm Specialist.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition Rates: 2024-2025



MSSM Full-Time (12 months) $86,154
MSSM Full-Time (16 months)


3 Academic Terms: $82,050

Summer 2025 Term: $2,393

MSSM Part-Time $598 per unit

*Estimated tuition for the Fall 2025 semester. The official rate for the 2025-2026 academic year will be released in Spring 2025.

For more information, visit CMU's Student Financial Services' website.

Financial Aid Information

As self-funded master's programs, all enrolled students or their employers are responsible for paying full tuition and expenses. For more on tuition and other fees assessed by the university, please visit CMU's HUB website.

We encourage prospective students to independently seek outside scholarships and grants, including through the following resources here at Carnegie Mellon University:

Please note that because of the professional and practical nature of our programs, CMUiii does not offer teaching or research assistantships. 

Your Admissions Toolkit

Ready to apply?

Please carefully review the admissions deadlines and requirements.

To get started, create an account in our online application system via Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. Once you've created your account, the system will email you a PIN. This PIN, along with your password, allows you to save your application over several sessions. You can also log into to monitor the status of your application and view your admissions decision.

In the system, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable fee of $75 by either credit card or debit card.

MSSM degree applications are required to upload their most recent professional resume or curriculum vitae. 

Your three references can be professional and/or academic. Each reference will automatically be emailed a link to submit a letter of recommendation directly to our online system. 

Rather than a Statement of Purpose, we require written responses to our short essay prompts within the application itself.

The video platform gives our admissions committee the opportunity to learn more about you beyond the written materials you have provided. You must answer one question; the questions are randomized and not something you should prepare for.

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient to render an admission decision. The average GPA of our accepted applicants is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts will be requested upon enrollment, which may be submitted in the following ways: 

  • Mailing directly to the Integrated Innovation Institute's Pittsburgh address.

  • Sending electronically via an official parchment service (e.g. When using these services, please send them to

  • Via a credential evaluation service - Required for certain transcripts.

Applicants whose native language (mother tongue) is not English must provide a valid English proficiency score, including TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. We require a minimum score of 95 for IBT on the TOEFL (with no sub-score below 23), a minimum score of 6.5 for IELTS, and a minimum score of 105 on DuoLingo.

  • TOEFL Institution Code: 2074
    Department Code: 99 (Other)

  • IELTS: We accept electronic IELTS scores only, using the physical address to confirm the right college/department. Please contact your IELTS testing center and request that your scores be sent to:

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering
431 Hamerschlag Drive
ANSYS Hall Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

  • Duolingo English Test: Select "CMU – College of Engineering" 
Waiver: You may petition for a TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo waiver if you have completed an undergraduate degree in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia; or if you are applying to the part-time program and have previous English-language work experience. For more information, please email us .

GRE or GMAT: The GRE/GMAT is optional for CMUiii 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. 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.

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 iii: GMAT scores by mail. Send directly to Integrated Innovation Institute's Pittsburgh address. When sending, use the following code: 69H-J7-56.

To check the status of your online application, please log in to your account on our online application system. You may also email us at for more information.

Admissions decisions will be posted, and you will be notified by email as soon as the committee concludes its review; typically 4-6 weeks after the close of the application deadline.

Stories from MSSM

Garima Sinha (MSSM '13) shares how the program curriculum taught her to assess and solve wicked problems and manage people, skills she frequently uses in her career as a Product Manager. 

Lloyd D'Silva (MSSM '15) shares why being in Silicon Valley was key to his graduate experience and how the curriculum's blend of technical and product skills strengthened his already strong technical background. 

Amy Krishnamohan (MSSM '14) shares how the MSSM degree gave her a deep understanding of technology, an integral part of succeeding in the competitive environment of marketing in Silicon Valley.