Carnegie Mellon University

MSIN: Choosing a Study Option

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the study options outlined on this webpage have been approved by the INI and the College of Engineering College Council; however, they are pending official approval by the University. All information shared is conditional until final university approval. We are sharing this now so you can begin considering your options. Last Updated: 12:00 p.m. on January 11, 2021 

All students beginning their INI program in Spring 2021 and beyond may select one of the following study options within the MSIN degree program.

Fall 2020 starts may opt into one of these study options or remain in their current, 122-unit degree program (see curriculum).


Program length

Internship Requirement

Distribution of units 

[123 Units]
3 Semesters No Internship
  • Core [72 Units]
  • Electives [48 Units]
  • APD 1 [3 Units]
[129 Units]
3 Semesters Required Internship 
  • Core [72 Units]
  • Electives [48 Units]
  • Internship [3 Units]
  • APD 1 [3 Units]
  • APD 2 [3 Units]
Advanced Studies
[159 Units]
4 Semesters

No Internship


  • Core [72 Units]
  • Electives [48 Units]
  • Advanced Studies [36 Units]
  • APD 1 [3 Units]
Applied Advanced Studies
[165 Units]
4 Semesters Required Internship 
  • Core [72 Units]
  • Electives [48 Units]
  • Advanced Studies [36 Units]
  • Internship [3 Units]
  • APD 1 [3 Units]
  • APD 2 [3 Units]

MSIN Curriculum

For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 students who select a new study option, and for students starting in Fall 2021 and beyond. 

Core Courses [72 units]


  • 12 Units: Choose From One Course Below:
    14-642: Introduction to Embedded Systems 
    15-605: Operating System Design and Implementation
    15-746/18-746: Storage Systems
  • 12 Units:
    14-736: Distributed Systems: Techniques, Infrastructure, and Services


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


  • 14-776: Fundamentals of Business and Management 


Courses from ECE/SCS in the areas of Software Systems & Computer Networking and Signal Processing & Communications. Please refer to the MSIN Core Courses list on the Course List page.

Program Electives [48 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.

Academic & Professional Development 1 [3 Units]


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.