Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

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Applications for Fall 2023 Open on October 1st

MSSM Program Details:
16 Month 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


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.

As part of the MSSM curriculum, students complete courses in the following areas:

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

User-Centered Methods for Product Innovation

Software Product Definition

Requirements Analysis

Product Definition & Validation

Enterprise Innovation

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Integrated Innovation for Large Scale Problems

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. 

madhu borah holding a drone from service now

Madhusmita Borah

MSSM '21

Product/Program Management Intern, ServiceNow

As a Product/Program Operations intern, I started participating in a new product’s discovery phase by shadowing the senior PM. This also helped me understand the current product lifecycle process, planning strategies, and overall understanding of the dynamics of the organization. This was also an opportunity for me to create a huge impact by creating recommendations for the Go-To-Market strategy to increase adoption and customer engagement for the apps in the ServiceNow Innovation Lab.
manuja gokulan in front of the google x logo

Manuja Gokulan

MSSM '21

Product Manager Intern, Google X

I got an incredible opportunity to work on an innovative product enabling internet connectivity to underserved communities through light beams. I focused on product growth features and strategies for acquisition and adoption. Outside of Product Management, I was able to test my idea for a technical problem with a team in Sub-Saharan Africa! Being able to own and drive ideas end-to-end helped me develop two key skills: one, being scrappy, hands-on and the other, developing big-picture thinking and influencing stakeholders to see value in an idea that aligns with the product vision.

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Haitong Yu 

MSSM '20

Software Engineer Intern, Salesforce

"I was an intern in the quality engineering team, and I mostly focused on test Execution and Coverage Dashboard. The full-stack quality engineering team does the work across frontend, backend, and mobile. The dashboard gives the team clear information about the summary and the details across the areas. I applied computer science as well as software management knowledge to real industrial environments, which consolidated my domain knowledge gained from MSSM. The intern journey gave me the opportunity to explore the work in big tech companies and it paved the way for entering the industry."

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.