Carnegie Mellon University

MSIT-IS Curriculum

Academic Year 2020-21

For Students Starting the Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 (MS32)

The 122-unit MSIT-IS curriculum consists of five main components:

Core Courses Establish the necessary background and a common competency level 74 units
Program Electives Build upon the core, providing flexibility and breadth in coursework 24 units
Practicum Capstone experience, in which student teams apply their knowledge and skills to solve a real-world problem for industry, government and research sponsors 24 units
Internship All INI students are required to complete a summer internship  0 units
Total  122 units


MS32 MSIT-IS Curriculum Framework

Total: 122 Units

74 Units Core Courses

Networking Core (12 Units): 

  • Choose One:
    14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunications and Computer Networks 
    14-760: Advanced Real-World Data Networks
    18-756: Packet Switching and Computer Networks 

Security Core (12 Units): 

  • 14-741: Introduction to Information Security

Business & Management COre (12 Units):

  • 14-776: Fundamentals of Business and Management

MSIT-IS Degree-Specific Core (36 units):

Please refer to the MSIT-IS Core Courses list on the Course List page.


  • 14-601: INI Academic and Professional Development 1 
  • 14-602: INI Academic and Professional Development 2

24 Units Program Electives

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

24 units

Fulfilled by courses in INI, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), School of Computer Science (SCS), Engineering & Public Policy (EPP), Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) or Integrated Innovation Institute (III), and/or approved courses in the Heinz College or Tepper School.
Some exceptions apply

24 Units Master's Practicum Course 


14-798: INI Practicum Project 

0 Units Internship

All students must complete an INI-approved internship. 

0 Units Residency Requirement 

All students must fulfill a residency requirement for the fall semester in which they are enrolled at CMU Silicon Valley.


The INI cannot guarantee that courses will be offered each semester or in a specific semester as advertised on this page. 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 INI Academic Affairs Office (AAO) at for assistance.