Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

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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. 

Applications Open Soon for Fall 2023

Program

Start Term

Applications Open

Deadline

Fall 2023
October 1, 2022
January 20, 2023
Fall 2023
October 1, 2022
June 1, 2023

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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Devang Gaur
(MSSM '22)

Chat with Devang

Devang has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and over 5 years of work experience. He most recently worked at Dell Technologies as a Senior Software Engineer and is passionate about building his own startup.

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Kashish Pahwa
(MSSM '22)

Chat with Kashish

Kashish has a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and most recently worked as a Product Associate at Mindarray Systems. She is passionate about technology and spent the summer interning in Product Management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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Areeb Sanadi
(MSSM '22)

Chat with Areeb

Areeb has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering and most recently worked as a Cloud Ops Manager at VMware. He is passionate about product management and strategy and spent the summer interning in Product Management at Microsoft.

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Samhita Kanthavar
(MSSM '22)

Chat with Samhita

Samhita has a bachelor's degree in Information Science & Engineering and most recently worked as a Product Strategist. She is passionate about harmonizing business, human values & social concerns and spent the summer interning in Product Management at TruckX Inc.

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Kim Barnes
(MSSM Part Time '23)

Chat with Kim

Kim has a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Technology and is enrolled in the part-time MSSM program. She is currently a Business and Integration Arch Specialist at Accenture and is passionate about developing effective workflows for organizations.

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Chris Peng
(MSSM Part Time)

Chat with Chris

 

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Navtej Singh
(MSSM '23)

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Sherrie Cao
(MSSM '23)

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition Rates: 2022-2023

Program

Tuition

MSSM Full-Time (12 months) $78,150
MSSM Full-Time (16 months)

$80,321*

3 Academic Terms: $78,150

Summer 2023 Term: $2,171

MSSM Part-Time $543 per unit

 

*Estimated tuition for the Fall 2023 semester. The official rate for the 2023-2024 academic year will be released in Spring 2023.

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. Parchment.com). When using these services, please send them to admissions-iii@cmu.edu.

  • 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:

GRE

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

GMAT

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 admissions-iii@cmu.edu 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.