Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

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Applications for Fall 2023 Open on October 1st

MSSM Program Details: Part Time Format

Gain the skills you need to level up your career in the software industry in a flexible format. 

Designed with the working professional in mind, this format offers the option to attend classes on-campus or remotely. You'll acquire the skills needed to become product managers, directors of software development, or entrepreneurs.

Graduates with extensive industry experience pursue strategic and executive leadership positions in software businesses.

Program Features:

  • Classes take place in the evenings, one night a week
  • Students can attend on-campus or remotely to accommodate their professional and personal schedule
  • Students can complete the degree in as a little as two years 

Curriculum & Course Preview

  • Standard part-time track: Two years, over six contiguous semesters
  • 144 units are needed to complete all degree requirements
  • If work or other demands require that you take a break from the program, you may request a leave of up to one year.  Students have a total of 6 years to complete the program.  
  • 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:

Elements of Software Management

Metrics for Software Managers

The Business of Software

Software Product Strategy

Agile Marketing for High Tech Innovation

Organizational Behavior for High Tech Knowledge Industry

Requirements Analysis

Software Product Definition

Process & Project Management

Enterprise Innovation

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Data Analytics

Open Source Software

Architecture & Programming Principles

Mobile Apps for the Internet of Things

Architecture Principles for Product Managers

The MSSM Experience: In Their Own Words

As a seasoned software engineer, Lloyd D'Silva (MSSM '15) came to our program in Silicon Valley to learn how the best minds work and how the best products are built. Applying lessons from his master's experience, he now works as a Partner Product Manager at Google, serving as a technical consultant to support the business goals of the company's various product teams.