INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley School Catalog
Carnegie Mellon University
Information Networking Institute
4616 Henry Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone:(412) 268-7195; Fax: (412) 268-7196
Branch Campus: Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
NASA AMES RESEARCH PARK, MS 23-11
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 335-2886; Fax (650) 603-7032
Carnegie Mellon University is a private, non-profit institution, approved to operate in California by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Carnegie Mellon University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or Middle States). MSCHE is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, each accrediting institutions of higher education within a specific geographic region. Middle States is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition enables MSCHE’s member institutions to establish eligibility to participate in federal financial aid programs (e.g., federal loans, grants, and work-study) administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Carnegie Mellon University has been accredited by Middle States since 1921. More information regarding accreditation standards and processes and to view the University’s re-accreditation reports on the Middle States Accreditation website at: http://www.cmu.edu/middlestates/.
Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.
As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet website, at www.bppe.ca.gov
Classes offered for the INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley MSIT - IS/MOB programs in California are held at:
Branch Campus: Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
NASA AMES RESEARCH PARK, MS 23-11
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 335-2886; Fax (650) 603-7032
The INI offers two degrees through bicoastal delivery in collaboration with the Silicon Valley campus: Mobility (MSIT-MOB) and Information Security (MSIT-IS). These technical, interdisciplinary graduate degree programs provide students with an advanced, specialized curriculum combining computer science, electrical and computer engineering, software engineering, and information systems. It also exposes students to topics in business, management, and policy. The unique combination of rigorous technical topics, practical industry-oriented topics, and real-world project experience empowers students to be the movers and shakers of the tech industry, whether launching a tech start-up, joining an enterprise R&D team, or fighting cyber-crime.
MSIT-Mobility (MOB) - Prepares students to be at the forefront of the mobility field with a multidisciplinary curriculum spanning both technical and business topics in mobile applications, services and devices.
MSIT-Information Security (IS) - Prepares students to become industry leaders in information security by blending education in information security technology with other topics essential for the effective development and management of secure information systems.
For detailed outline of the requirements for completion of the INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley MSIT - IS/MOB programs, including required courses, any required internships, and the total number of units required for completion please refer to the INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley MSIT programs' curriculum webpages:
MS28 Curriculum (students entering program during the Fall 2017 semester)
MS29 Curriculum (students entering program during the Fall 2018 semester)
Course descriptions for the INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley MSIT - IS/MOB
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our programs, INI students can take classes from various departments across CMU’s campus while in SV including:
Heinz College: https://api.heinz.cmu.edu/courses_api/course_list/
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our programs, INI students can take classes and work with faculty members from various departments across CMU’s campus while in SV. Faculty directories for each of these departments are available at:
The INI does not allow admission deferrals. Each year applicants are reviewed and ranked with the current applicant pool. Students are accepted for admission into the program for a particular academic year and may not defer admission.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all required information on the program application and to submit all requested supporting documents in the manner stated on the INI website or requested by the Admissions Staff.
An application may remain "Incomplete" if required documents are not received in the INI office or are not submitted in the proper manner. Applications not completed by the posted deadlines will remain incomplete.
The admissions staff makes every effort to assist applicants in completing their submission; however, the INI does not accept responsibility for documents that are missing or are improperly submitted resulting in an application remaining incomplete and un-reviewed.
The application submission package must include the material listed below.
To be considered for admission, you must submit the following documents:
A completed Online Application Form
Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. Applicants should not upload WES reports; they are not accepted unless requested. Admitted applicants who accept enrollment must be prepared to show Proof of Graduation from their undergraduate program. Proof includes final official transcripts and degree certificate and/or diploma submitted no later than the end of July in the manner requested by the INI. Proof of graduation is a condition of enrollment. Submission of an application serves as an agreement to meet this requirement. Failure to submit proof of graduation can result in termination of enrollment.
Three letters of recommendation (online only)
Official GRE General Test scores
Official TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language/mother tongue is not English
Confidentiality of Communications
All information provided to students as a result of their application including subsequent correspondence is considered confidential and should not be communicated to other applicants. Please note that applicants are expected to comply with the confidentiality requirement as a condition of admission.
Transfer of Credit Policy
Up to 24 units of courses taken at another university, whether taken before or after entering the INI graduate program, may be transferred and count as electives, providing:
They fulfill an INI graduate program requirement;
The are graduate-level courses at the university where they were taken; and
they have not been used to fulfill requirements for any previously earned degree.
A grade of ‘B’ or better must be earned for the courses transferred. All transfer credits must be approved by the INI and the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, and the INI will determine how the transferred credits will be reflected in the student’s degree requirements. The transfer credits will appear on the student’s transcript as an INI elective and are not factored into the core or cumulative GPAs.
Transfer credit is not granted prior to admission to the graduate program and must be approved by the INI and the College of Engineering Dean’s Office after the student has satisfactorily completed at least 36 units of graduate courses at Carnegie Mellon. After matriculating to Carnegie Mellon, INI students should consult with their academic advisor before taking a course at another university.
Students should submit an INI petition, along with an official transcript and the course syllabus from the semester in which the course was completed to the INI AAO. Information regarding petitions can be found our website. Students may be required to show proof that the course(s) they want to transfer were not used to fulfill requirements for any previously earned degree. In addition, the student must complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Request Form, located with the College of Engineering graduate student policies at the following link: https://engineering.cmu.edu/education/academic-policies/undergraduate-policies/transfer-credit.html. The INI, not the student, will forward the appropriate information to the Dean’s Office for approval.
The university’s policy on Transfer Credit Evaluation and Assignment is available at the following link: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/
Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policies
STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL (WITHDRAWAL/LEAVES OF ABSENCE)
1. A student has the right to cancel the student’s Enrollment Agreement by either taking a leave of absence from the Program (leaving Carnegie Mellon University temporarily with the firm and stated intention of returning) or by withdrawing from the Program (leaving Carnegie Mellon University with no intention of returning). If the student withdraws or takes a leave of absence from Carnegie Mellon University, the student may be eligible for a tuition adjustment or a refund of certain fees (excluding any Application Fee, Registration Fee and Enrollment Deposit, and any applicable Student Tuition Recovery Fund assessment).
2. To cancel the student’s Enrollment Agreement and take a leave of absence or withdraw, the student must complete Carnegie Mellon University’s Leave of Absence or Withdrawal form, as applicable, and return it to Carnegie Mellon University’s Registrar’s Office, at 5000 Forbes Ave., Warner Hall A12, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The Leave of Absence and Withdrawal forms, and additional information of leaves of absence and withdrawal, can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at https://www.cmu.edu/hub/registrar/leaves-and-withdrawals/index.html
3. If the student notifies Carnegie Mellon University of the student’s intent to withdraw or take a leave of absence, the student’s official date of withdrawal or leave of absence is the earliest of:
The date the student began the student’s withdrawal or leave of absence process at Carnegie Mellon University;
The date the student notified the student’s home department at Carnegie Mellon University;
The date the student notified the associate dean of the student’s College at Carnegie Mellon University; or
The date the student notified the Carnegie Mellon University Dean of Student Affairs.
If the student does not notify Carnegie Mellon University of the student’s intent to withdraw or take a leave of absence, the student’s official date of withdrawal or leave of absence is:
The midpoint of the relevant semester in which the student withdraws or takes a leave of absence;
The last date the student attended an academically-related activity such as an exam, tutorial or study group, or the last day the student turned in a class assignment.
1. Refunds in General. Students who withdraw from the Program or take a leave of absence after having paid the current semester’s tuition and fees or receiving financial aid are subject to the following refund and repayment policies. No other charges are refundable. Student Tuition Recovery Fund assessment, if any, is non-refundable.
2. Exit Counseling. All borrowers of Federal student loans must complete a Federally-mandated exit counseling session when graduating or dropping to less than half-time enrollment status, including by withdrawing or taking a leave of absence. Exit counseling prepares students for repayment. Students must complete an exit counseling session in its entirety, with complete and correct information; otherwise, the student’s degree, diploma and official transcripts may be withheld. Information about exit counseling sessions can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at https://www.cmu.edu/sfs/.
3. Withdrawals/Leaves On or Before 10th Class Day. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence on or before the 10th class day of the relevant semester may receive a refund of 100% of tuition and fees (excluding any Application Fee or Registration Fee and Enrollment Deposit). STRF assessment, in any, is non-refundable.
4. Withdrawals/Leaves after 10th Class Day. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence after the 10th class day of the relevant semester but before completing 60% of the semester will be assessed tuition based on the number of days completed within the semester. This includes calendar days, class and non-class days, from the first day of classes to the last day of final exams. Breaks which last five days or longer, including the preceding and subsequent weekends, are not counted. Thanksgiving and Spring Break are not counted. There is no tuition adjustment after 60% of the semester is completed. There is no refund of fees after the 10th class day of the relevant semester.
5. Tuition Adjustment Appeals. Students may appeal to have tuition adjustments for their leave of absence or withdrawal if they feel that they have extenuating circumstances. These appeals will be reviewed in the context of Carnegie Mellon University's tuition adjustment policy, as stated above. These appeals must be made in writing to Carnegie Mellon University’s Registrar using Carnegie Mellon University’s Tuition Appeal Adjustment form. Information about Carnegie Mellon University’s tuition adjustment policy, and tuition adjustment appeals, can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at https://www.cmu.edu/sfs/tuition/adjustment/index.html
6. Repayment to Lenders/Third Parties. If any portion of refundable tuition and/or fees was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund may be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the Federal or state agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan, as required by law and/or Carnegie Mellon University policy. Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student.
7. Responsibility for Loan. If the student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student has received Federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from Federal student financial aid program funds. If the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the Federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur: 1) The Federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan. 2) The student may not be eligible for any other Federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.
Probation and Dismissal Policies
Academic Probation for Poor Performance
At the end of each semester, after final grades have been posted, the academic performance of each student is reviewed. The GPA for academic review is computed based on the guidelines for graduation requirements.
Any student with a core and/or cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 is immediately placed on academic probation and may be subject to the following penalties:
The student may have any scholarships and/or financial awards from the INI rescinded for the upcoming semester;
The student may not be selected to receive awards, fellowships or scholarships; and
The student may not formally represent the INI as an officer or other position in a student club or campus organization.
A student on academic probation will automatically be removed from probation during the next academic review if the student’s core and cumulative GPAs, at that time, are 3.0 or better. If removed from probation, the student’s scholarship or financial award will be reinstated for the future semesters; however, the amount that was rescinded will not be reapplied to the student’s account.
If an INI student has a core or cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 at the end of two consecutive full semesters, the student may be permanently dropped from the INI. If this occurs, the student will have an opportunity to appeal to the provost. Unless the decision is overturned, the student is not entitled to a refund of tuition or student fees.
Courses that negatively affect the core GPA cannot be moved from the core requirement unless another completed course can replace the course with the lower grade.
Students at Carnegie Mellon are engaged in intellectual activity consistent with the highest standards of the academy. The relationship between students and instructors and their shared commitment to overarching standards of respect, honor and transparency determine the integrity of our community of scholars. The actions of our students, faculty, and staff are a representation of our university community and of the professional and personal communities that we lead. Therefore, a deep and abiding commitment to academic integrity is fundamental to a Carnegie Mellon education. Honesty and good faith, clarity in the communication of core values, professional conduct of work, mutual trust and respect, and fairness and exemplary behavior represent the expectations for ethical behavior for all members of the Carnegie Mellon community.
The INI adheres to Carnegie Mellon’s policy on academic integrity. The complete policy can be found at the following link: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/student-and-student-life/academic-integrity.html.
The INI adheres to the College of Engineering’s policy on graduate student academic integrity violations. The complete policy can be found at the following link: https://engineering.cmu.edu/education/academic-policies/graduate-policies/index.html
INI Student Penalties for Violating Academic Integrity
In addition to the course-level action imposed by the instructor, a student at the INI will be placed on academic probation for the remainder of the INI program and will be subject to the following penalties:
The student will have any scholarships and/or financial awards awarded by the INI rescinded immediately including those received in previous semesters;
The student cannot be selected to receive awards, fellowships or scholarships for the duration of the INI program (including Scholarship for Service and other federal awards); and
The student may not formally represent INI as an officer or other position in a student club or campus organization for the duration of the INI program.
In accordance with the university’s policy, a student who violates the academic integrity policy will not be permitted to drop the course in which the offense occurred in order to avoid penalty. If the student attempts to drop the course, he/she will be re-enrolled.
Students who want to appeal an academic disciplinary action must state in writing to the provost their intention to do so within one week of the penalty date in question, and then must submit their written appeal to the provost no later than two weeks after said penalty date. Appeals must be in writing, with appropriate documentation.
If a student is appealing to the provost, he or she must schedule a mandatory meeting with the INI Director within one week after the provost’s decision has been released. If a student is not appealing to the provost, he or she must schedule a meeting with the INI Director as soon as possible.
In extreme cases where a first violation is particularly deplorable as determined by the INI Director, a student may be permanently dropped from the INI. Upon second academic integrity violation, the student will be permanently dropped from the INI, even if an earlier offense has not been fully processed.
Students must be physically present and attend class at the start of the semester. If extenuating circumstances exist that prevent a student from arriving to campus at the start of the semester, the student must notify their academic advisor immediately. Not attending class from the start of the semester will have a detrimental effect on a student’s progress in the program. The INI will make an effort to verify all students have arrived to begin their program and will consider a student as “withdrawn from the university” if he or she is not here by the tenth day of class.
Suspension/Required Withdrawal PolicyUniversity suspension is a forced, temporary leave from the university. A student may be suspended for academic, disciplinary and administrative reasons. The INI adheres to Carnegie Mellon’s policy on student suspension/required withdrawal policy. The complete policy is available at the following link: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/student-and-student-life/suspension-required-withdrawal-policy.html.
Fees and Charges for INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley MSIT – IS/MOB programs 2018-2019 (while on SV Campus)
|Entire Program (SV Campus)||First Semester|
|Program Tuition*||$42,500||$21,250||Prorated upon withdrawal/leave of absence. See Refund Policy provisions of this Enrollment Agreement. The amount quoted covers only the estimated tuition for the portion of the program provided in California.|
|Required University Fees||$852||$426||Non-Refundable after the 10th class day of the relevant semester. See Refund Policy provisions.|
|Student Activity Fee||$216||$108|
|Books and Supplies (estimated)||$2,212||$1,106||Estimated cost for entire program. Used, digital and rented books and other factors may reduce/increase actual cost. The amount quoted covers only the estimated cost for the portion of the program provided in California.|
|Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)||$0||$0||Non-Refundable ($.00 for every $1,000 of net tuition** rounded to the nearest $1,000). See information below about the STRF.|
|ESTIMATED TOTAL FEES/CHARGES FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM||$45,564|
|ESTIMATED TOTAL FEES/CHARGES FOR FIRST SEMESTER||$22,782|
|FEES/CHARGES DUE UPON ENROLLMENT||$0|
Meeting the cost of an graduate education is a significant investment. Carnegie Mellon University is committed to making it financially possible for graduate students to enhance educational development and reach their career goals. There are many financial aid resources available to students pursuing graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University participates in a number of Federal and state financial aid programs. Information about these financial aid programs can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at http://www.cmu.edu/finaid/index.html.
Student Loan Repayment Obligation
If you obtain a loan to pay for INI Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT - IS/MOB programs, you will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If you have received federal student financial aid funds, you are entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.
Pending Bankruptcy Disclosure
Carnegie Mellon University does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, and has not filed a petition in bankruptcy within the preceding 5 years, nor has Carnegie Mellon had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding 5 years that resulted in re-organization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
The INI Career Services and External Relations Office strives to bring together the talents of our students with professional opportunities, including:
Fellowship and scholarship support
At the INI, the students learn and develop professionally as much beyond the walls of our classrooms as they do in lecture halls and laboratories. They may contribute to real-world research, fulfill valuable internships and complete team-based projects for clients.
To this end, the INI Career Services and External Relations Office facilitates partnerships with representatives in industry, government and academia. The office also specializes in providing career counseling to students.
Student Tuition Recovery Fund
The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.
You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.
It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.
To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.
To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.
A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.
However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.
Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits And Credentials Earned at Our Institution
The transferability of credits you earn at Carnegie Mellon University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree and diploma you earn in the INI Pittsburgh - Silicon Valley MSIT - IS/MOB programs is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the units or degree, or diploma that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Carnegie Mellon University to determine if your units, or degree, or diploma will transfer.