Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

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MSSM Program Details:
16 Month Degree Format

Take your studies a step further and gain hands-on experience at an internship in the software industry.

The 16-month program allows more experienced professionals to advance their careers while providing a gateway to the software industry for new technologists or those ready to pivot careers.

Program Features:

  • 16 months (August-December), with summer internship & additional fall semester
  • Ideal for candidates seeking more professional experience or to pivot careers

Curriculum & Course Preview

The 16 month program curriculum requires students to complete a minimum of 144 units of course work over three semesters and a summer: Fall, Spring & Fall, plus a summer internship.

  • Only two-12 unit mini courses may be completed at one time due to the high time commitment required for each.  
  • Students must have a minimum QPA of 3.0 to graduate.
  • For additional details regarding degree requirements, review our full Graduate Student Handbook.

You will complete courses in the following areas:

User-Centered Methods for Product Innovation

Software Product Definition

Requirements Analysis

Product Definition & Validation

Enterprise Innovation

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Integrated Innovation for Large Scale Problems

Foundations of Software Management

Product Management & Software Product Strategy

The Business of Software

Agile Marketing for High Tech Innovation

Organizational Behavior for High Tech Knowledge Industry

Finance for Entrepreneurial Ventures

Metrics for Software Managers

Process & Project Management

Commercializing IP

Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience Design for Managers

Data Analytics

Open Source Software

Intro to Cloud Computing

Architecture & Programming Principles

Mobile Apps for the Internet of Things

Architecture Principles for Product Managers

Practical Experience: Summer Internships

All 16 month MSSM students complete a summer internship to put their skills learned to use in a practical, hands-on setting.  Students often land internships at companies like Salesforce, Google, Amazon, and more. 

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Pranathi Alla
MSSM '22

Product Management Intern, Salesforce

During my internship, I worked on a project on bringing visibility and remediation to external vulnerabilities. It was a communication-heavy project where a large chunk of the work was related to talking to stakeholders and gleaning information to take it forward. I was humbled by the value of being a good communicator as a product manager and the details it takes to be one.

Read more about Pranathi's internship experience

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Sukarma Parimoo
MSSM '22

Product Manager Intern, TuSimple

During my internship, I worked on two map projects, and my day involved meeting with my users, designers, and developers. I would also work on a lot of documentation, creating reports, PRDs, and user stories. There was a weekly team meeting where I would present my accomplishments from the current week and my plans for the next week. My favorite part of the internship was riding in autonomous trucks in Tucson. It was exciting to learn and work on futuristic technology! My favorite project I worked on during my internship was to create a data visualization dashboard for the Maps Operation team. It was my first project where I interacted with different teams to conceptualize the product.

Read more about Sukarma's internship experience

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Yiyuan Zhu
MSSM '22

Software Engineering Intern, Youtube

During the 3-month internship, I finished a project which focused on improving the YouTube user experience. I broke down the project into different milestones and mapped the tasks to my daily work.

My favorite part of the internship was the project I worked on. I was able to roll it out to production, meaning that billions of YouTube users would benefit from the feature I developed.

Read more about Yiyuan's internship experience

Application Deadline for Fall 2025

Applications Open: October 1, 2024   Application Deadline: January 20, 2025

Featured Course

Software Management Practicum

Apply the lessons of software management to real-world projects at leading companies.

You'll act as a consultant to companies on complex software problems, working as a team to develop a project plan and detailed statement of work.  At the end of the semester, you’ll present your solution to your clients.  


The MSSM Experience: In Their Own Words

Sneha Kedlaya & Chithroobeni Shankar (MSSM '15) joined the 16 month MSSM program looking to launch a career in product management— mission accomplished. The internship experience, rigorous curriculum and diverse backgrounds of their peers prepared them for their current roles as product managers.