Carnegie Mellon University

Minor in Global Systems and Management

Graduates across all disciplines are increasingly likely to find themselves working as part of a global development team on a wide variety of business, consumer, and intellectual products and services.

The Global Systems and Management minor (GSM) is intended for students wishing to develop skills essential for participating in emerging opportunities in global business systems, systems development, product development and global project management. GSM exposes students to contemporary issues and practices facing organizations, managers and individuals working on a global scale across political, cultural and temporal boundaries.  GSM presents an opportunity for students to learn about being part of an organization that works globally with its employees, business partners, customers and supply chains. 

Students will learn about global project management, outsourcing and cross-cultural communications from theoretical and practical viewpoints. An organized elective structure enables students to tailor the minor reflect their specific interests.


GSM is offered jointly across the departments and programs of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences with participation from the Tepper School of Business. The minor is administered by the Dietrich College Information Systems program. The minor requires students to complete:

  • one Information Systems course: 
    67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems (offered annually)
  • two courses in Communications
  • a combination of 36 units with at least 9 units in each of the categories of:
    • Humanities, Heritage and Culture
    • International Management

for a total of 63 units to complete the GSM minor.

Information regarding the minor can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Study Abroad Options

Students are encouraged to complete a semester of study abroad.  With prior approval from the GSM Advisor, study abroad courses may be applied to GSM minor requirements except for 67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems.  The GSM Advisor should be consulted before embarking on the semester of study abroad.

Double Counting of Courses

Students may double count up to three courses with other major and minor programs.

Declaring the GSM Minor

To declare the Global Systems and Management minor, please complete a declaration form. Students must then schedule a meeting with the GSM advisor, Ms. Brandy Wilson, to submit the form and review the GSM audit.

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