Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

Integrated Innovation Institute

MIIPS Advanced Study

Building upon the MIIPS curriculum, the Advanced Study degree takes your Integrated Innovation training a step further, allowing you to gain practical experience and delve further into cutting-edge technology and applied research.

Program Features

  • 16 months (August-December), with summer internship & additional fall semester
  • Great for candidates seeking more experience or to pivot careers
  • Features master’s essay & additional coursework
Experience Design Intern at McKinsey

“I help clients create professional and engaging digital experiences, including apps, websites, and data visualizations. Digital McKinsey is a fantastic place to work as a designer since it's a mix of traditional consulting and digital practices. We embrace the idea of human-centered design and agile approach to help clients create the best products possible. Working as a hero behind the scenes is a very exciting new experience.”

Hua Fan, MIIPS Advanced '18
Experience Design Intern at McKinsey

Product Management Intern at UPMC

“I'm working with a small team to design and start up a nutritional intervention service that physicians can prescribe to patients who could greatly improve their health with a change in their diet. As a PM intern, I've worked on a little of everything: managing a software project, design research, experience design, software configuration, and marketing communication. I would not be so confident in tackling such a wide variety of problems and tasks without the skills I've learned through the MIIPS program. “  

Jamie Curran, MIIPS Advanced '17
Product Management Intern at UPMC

Course Plan

Learn about the sequence of MIIPS Advanced Study program. In the semester tables below, each course has a code to note its requirement stipulations: R = a required course; R* = based on academic background, complete two of three courses; and E = elective.
Please note: All degree course plans are reviewed and updated annually during the spring semester. If you have any questions regarding updates, please email: iii@cmu.edu.

Course #

Course Title

Semester

Units

Code

49-700

Engineering Design Fundamentals

Mini 1

6

R*

49-701

Industrial Design Fundamentals

Mini 1

6

R*

49-702

Business Fundamentals

Mini 1

6

R*

49-703

Career Planning for Integrated Innovators

Semester

6

R

49-704

Integrated Innovation Seminar & Workshop Series

Semester

0

R

49-710

Visual Processes

Mini 1

6

R

49-712

User Research Methods

Mini 2

6

R

49-730

Design for Manufacturing & Sustainable Design

Mini 1

6

R

49-733

Designing for Smart Systems

Mini 2

6

R

49-740

IPD Methods

Mini 2

6

R

 

Entrepreneurship Course

(One of the Following)

 

 

 

49-802

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Semester

12

ENT

49-854

Business Models & Strategy

Mini 2

6

ENT

 

Electives

 

 

 

Various

If space is available, after ENT course selection

Varies

6

E

Course #

Course Title

Semester

Units

Code

49-704

Integrated Innovation Seminar & Workshop Series

Semester

0

R

49-713

Designing for the Internet of Things

Mini 3

6

R

49-720

Product & Brand Management

Mini 3

6

R

49-741

IPD Capstone

Semester

12

R

49-809

Leadership Development: Scholarship and Practice

Mini 4

6

R

Various

Electives

 

Up to 18

E

 

Course #

Course Title

Semester

Units

Code

49-746

III – Internship

Summer

3

R

Course #

Course Title

Semester

Units

Code

49-747

Integrated Innovation Institute – Master Essay

Semester

12

R

Various

Electives

 

Up to 36

E

About the Master's Essay

This Master's Essay is required in the final fall semester of the MIIPS Advanced Study degree. The goals of the master's essay are to 1) assimilate the teachings of the program and the summer internship, 2) allow the student to put the context of the program in perspective with respect to the literature, and 3) expose applications or extensions of the program teachings in the context of an application or field of study. In addition to submitting a written essay, students present their findings at the end of the semester to a panel of faculty and fellow students.

Examples of Past Essay Topics

Gendering of Products in the Toy Industry

Innovation vs. Imitation for Successful Businesses

The Future of Responsive Architecture

Mid-Term Effects of AI on G7 Labor Markets: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to the 21st Century

Re-evaluating strategies for curbing self-inflicted gun suicides: How can designers save lives?

Future of Input Technologies for Mixed Reality Applications

Curriculum Requirements

  • The MIIPS Advanced Study curriculum requires students to complete a minimum of 141 units of course work over three semesters and a summer internship.
  • Students must maintain full-time student status (36 units) during three semesters: fall #1, spring #1, and fall #2 terms.
  • Students must complete at least 42 units of electives relevant to the product development process and be approved by an advisor. This includes 12 units of electives completed within the Integrated Innovation Institute (49-xxx).
  • In order to work with industry sponsors during in the degree-required Integrated Product Development capstone course, signing contractual terms regarding intellectual property and non-disclosure agreements may be required to complete the course project.
  • All coursework must be completed with graduate level courses.
  • Students must have a minimum QPA of 3.0 to graduate.

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