Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

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Register to attend an MS Software Management Program Overview
on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 3:00PM EST

Are you ready to develop what's next?

Since 2003, the Master of Science in Software Management (MSSM) program has been preparing product managers, entrepreneurs, and innovation-minded professionals to meet the rapidly-changing demands of the software industry.

Students enrolled in the MSSM program should expect to:

  • Get practical and dynamic opportunities to lead teams.
  • Create innovative product and service solutions.
  • Develop a mix of engineering, interpersonal, design, and management skills to accelerate your career and succeed wherever software innovation is needed, from startups to international corporations.
  • Master the dimensions of people, processes, products, and projects to go further in your field. 

Choose the Program Format That's Right for You

Explore Part Time Format
  • August start, complete the degree in as little as two years
  • Location: Attend classes remotely or in the evening on CMU's Silicon Valley campus
  • Ideal for candidates who want to continue to work full time
Explore 12 Month Format
  • August - August
  • Location: CMU's Silicon Valley Campus
  • Ideal for candidates with some professional experience looking to gain necessary skills and return to the workplace quickly
Explore 16 Month Format
  • August - December (with a summer internship)
  • Location: CMU's Silicon Valley Campus
  • Ideal for candidates seeking more professional experience or a career pivot

Application Deadlines for Fall 2023

Full Time Applicants: January 20th, 2023 | Part Time Applicants: June 1st, 2023

Start Your Application

Advance Your Career in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Your campus is more than hallways and classrooms; your campus is Silicon Valley. You'll network, make connections and immerse yourself in the culture as you simultaneously level up your skills in the classroom.

Amy Krishnamohan (MSSM '14) leveraged the fast-paced, competitive environment of Silicon Valley and the rigorous coursework of the MSSM program to launch a career in technology marketing.


Get Entrepreneurial 

Students interested in launching their own venture or working in corporate innovation can take advantage of the MSSM program's Technology Ventures concentration.  The concentration features courses in innovation, strategy & marketing for software-enabled products, and leadership. 

Students can also leverage Carnegie Mellon's many resources for entrepreneurs including:

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The VentureBridge program is an initiative of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship exclusively focused on helping Carnegie Mellon alumni founders succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. Learn More.

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Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University is a system of programs and activities that offer education, engagement, collaboration, and opportunity — for a truly transformative learning experience. Learn More.

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Entrepreneurship Clubs & Organizations

Connect with other entrepreneurial-minded students through various clubs and organizations designed to teach individuals about entrepreneurship and launching ventures. Get Involved.

Salary Outcomes

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of business, engineering, and design, MSSM graduates emerge as innovative, technically sound leaders ready to tackle challenging projects that leverage software to create meaningful solutions.

2021 Starting Salary Outcomes:

Average Starting Salary

Starting Salary Range

Median Starting Salary

Common Career Outcomes Include:

Product Manager
Software Development Engineer
Project/Program Manager
Senior Management

Alumni Paths

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Sanghmitra Shrivastava (MSSM '18)

Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Sanghmitra leveraged the skills she learned in the MSSM program and her internship experience to kickstart a career in Product Management in Silicon Valley.

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Shabbir Suterwala (MSSM '11)

Senior Manager - Drug Discovery Systems, Atomwise

Shabbir pairs his software engineering skills with the user research skills he learned in the MSSM program to build products that make users' lives better.

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Negin Zolfaghari (MSSM '17)

Product Manager, First Republic Bank

Negin wanted to level up her career as a software engineer by obtaining a broader network and building relationships in Silicon Valley's ever-changing software industry.