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.
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:
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.
Sherrie has bachelor degrees in Mathematics, Financial Economics, and Political Science from The University of Rochester. She most recently served as a Research Assistant in the School of Computer Science at Fudan University. She is passionate about immersive augmented reality UX and the open-source movement.
(MSSM Part Time '24)
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.
Ann has a bachelor's degree in Nano Engineering from Chulalongkorn University. She most recently served as a Product Manager Intern at Burpple. She is passionate about product management, fashion technology, and AI for a better future.
Ankit has a bachelor’s degree inin Civil Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from IIT Madras. He is passionate aboutideating, innovating, and impacting. He has most recently worked as a Research Programmer and a Software Engineeer.
(MSSM Part Time '25)
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.
Navtej has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, with a speciality in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. He is passionate about developing software that helps to reduce social inequalities. He has most recently worked at Enrst and Young as a Technology Consultant.
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.
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
|MSSM Full-Time (12 months)||$82,050|
|MSSM Full-Time (16 months)||
3 Academic Terms: $82,050
Summer 2024 Term: $2,279
|MSSM Part-Time||$570 per unit|
*Estimated tuition for the Fall 2024 semester. The official rate for the 2024-2025 academic year will be released in Spring 2024.
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:
- The Student Financial Services' page on the Graduate Financial Aid Process
- The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs page on Financial Assistance
- The College of Engineering's section on Financial Support, which includes details on how to find external funding
- The Fellowships and Scholarships Office's page for International & Non-US Citizens Student Resources, for funding opportunities both at CMU and by other organizations
- The iii DEI Scholarships & Funding document
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.
Step 1: Create an Online Account
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.
Step 2: Upload Your Resume/CV
MSSM degree applications are required to upload their most recent professional resume or curriculum vitae.
Step 3: Upload Letters of Recommendation
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.
Step 4: Complete Short Essay Responses
Step 5: Complete Video Essay
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.
Step 6: Upload Unofficial Transcripts
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. Parchment.com). When using these services, please send them to email@example.com.
Via a credential evaluation service - Required for certain transcripts.
Step 7: Add Your TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo Score
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
- Duolingo English Test: Select "CMU – College of Engineering"
Step 8: Upload GRE/GMAT Scores (Optional)
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.
How To Check Your Status
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.