Carnegie Mellon University

MSIT Curriculum for MS31

For Students Starting the MSIT-Information Security or MSIT-Mobility in Fall 2019 (MS31)

The curriculum consists of the following main components: the shared core courses, degree-specific core courses, restricted electives and a master's practicum.

Course Lists

The core courses establish the necessary background, a common competence level and a specialization in information security or mobility. The elective units give students flexibility and breadth in their coursework.

Finally, the capstone experience is the practicum, which requires students to apply their knowledge and skills to solve a real-world problem.

Shared Core Courses 36 units
Degree-Specific Core Courses
(Mobility or Information Security)
48 units
Restricted Electives 36 units
Master's Practicum 24 units
Internship 0 units
Total  144 units

Please note: All INI students are required to complete a summer internship as part of their degree program.

Disclaimer The INI cannot guarantee that courses will be offered each semester or in a specific semester as advertised below.  Students must refer to the 'Schedule of Classes' to determine course availability. The INI cannot guarantee that a student will be offered a seat in a specific course. These apply to courses at the INI as well as other departments at Carnegie Mellon. In addition, it is the sole responsibility of the student to read and understand the following information regarding this program and its requirements. Should an individual have any further questions, they are encouraged to contact the INI Academic Affairs Office (AAO) at for assistance.


MSIT Curriculum Framework

Important Note:14-513: Introduction to Computer Systems is a prerequisite for a number of systems courses. We strongly recommend that all students take 14-513 in the first fall semester.

36 Units Shared Core Courses

Of the 36 units of core courses, 12 units are management courses. 

12 Units: choose from one course below 

14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunications & Computer Networks (FALL)
15-641: Computer Networks (FALL)
18-756: Packet Switching and Computer Networks (FALL) 
14-760: Advanced Real-World Data Networks (SPRING)

12 units: choose from one course below

14-741: Introduction to Information Security (FALL, First Year) 

12 units

14-776: Fundamentals of Business and Management (FIRST FALL or FIRST SPRING)

48 Units Degree-Specific Core Courses

Degree-specific courses allow students to create a custom core curriculum for their degree in Information Security or Mobility. Please refer to the Course List page. While we created a list of possible courses, it is not exhaustive and students are allowed to select other degree-specific courses as long as they are relevant to their track. If a student wants to pursue a degree-specific core course that is not included on the approved list, they should file a petition requesting permission to do so. 

36 Units Restricted Electives

Students have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of electives in which they have a special interest. Restricted electives may not be taken as pass/no pass/audit. 

36 units

Students can select any approved courses in Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business and/or any courses* in ECE, EPP, ETC, the School of Computer Science, INI, or III (49-XXX) that are numbered 300 and above.
*Some exceptions apply. 

24 Units Master's Practicum Course 

24 units

14-798: INI Practicum Project (FALL)

0 Units Internship

All students must complete an INI-approved internship. 

0 Units Residency Requirement 

All students must fulfill a residency requirement for at least one semester at CMU Silicon Valley in a student's second Fall semester. 

The MSIT is 144 units in total. 

*Please review the additional course information for all prerequisites. 

Additional Course Information

15-641: Computer Networks (FALL) Prerequisite

  • Prerequisite 14-513 Introduction to Computer Systems (FALL)
  • Alternative Options: 15-513 Introduction to Computer Systems or 18-613 Foundations of Computer Systems

18-756: Packet Switching and Computer Networks (FALL)

  • Prerequisite either prior networking coursework or 18-345 Introduction to Telecommunications Networks (SPRING)