Carnegie Mellon University

MSIT Kobe Curriculum for MS30

The curriculum requirements on this page refer to the MSIT-IS degree. For details about the University of Hyogo Master of Applied Informatics degree requirements for dual-degree students, please refer to the University of Hyogo.

The MSIT-IS curriculum has been designed to provide students with a core set of knowledge in security technology and management and a variety of technology and management electives to further enhance their knowledge of information security. The program consists of 60 units of core courses, 48 units of restricted electives and 36 units of a master's project/course option, for a total of 144 units. (A full-time Carnegie Mellon student must take 36-48 units per semester.)

Course Lists

Core Course Requirements
60 units
Restricted Electives
48 units
Master's Project or Course Option
36 units
TOTAL
144 units
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 ini-enrollment@andrew.cmu.edu for assistance.

Carnegie Mellon Curriculum-Pittsburgh Track 

60 Units Core Courses

12 units

14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks (FALL, first year (Y1)) 

12 units

14-741: Introduction to Information Security (FALL, Y1) 

12 units

14-761: Applied Information Assurance (SPRING, Y1)

6 units

14-782: Information Security Risk Management I (SPRING, Y1) 

6 units: Choose one course from below

14-784: Information Security Risk Management II (SPRING, Y1) 
14-788: Information Security Policy and Management (SPRING, Y1) 

6 units

95-760: Decision Making under Uncertainty (SUMMER, Y1 or FALL, Y2*)

6 units

95-796: Statistics for IT Managers (SUMMER, Y1 or FALL, Y2*) 

*Enrolling semester is determined by INI admistration annually. Students must enroll and complete during the semester they are directed to enroll by the INI AAO. 

48 Units Restricted Electives

Electives can be fulfilled by any approved courses in the Heinz College or Tepper School of Business, or any courses* in ECE, EPP, School of Computer Science, INI, or III that are numbered 300 or above. Restricted electives may not be taken as pass/no pass/audit. In addition, students should select restricted electives that complement the core curriculum. Note: only up to 36 units of undergraduate courses (300-599) can be considered towards degree requirements (between core and restricted elective courses). 

Students may transfer up to 30 units from courses taken at University of Hyogo toward the MSIT-IS. The courses must be approved by Carnegie Mellon. 

*Some exceptions apply and are noted in the INI Student Handbook. Please refer to the Enrollment & Registration section of the student handbook under "Courses Outside Degree Requirements." If you have any concern as to whether a course can count towards your degree requirements, please consult with the INI Academic Affairs Office (AAO)

36 Units Master's Project or Course Option

Students completing a Master's Project work on their project during the summer between Y1 and Y2, and can continue into Fall Y2.

Choose one of the following:

Master's Project: Either, 1) a thesis research paper that will allow students to delve deeply into a problem and create a solution for a research-based project, providing the opportunity to gain significant knowledge and skills in a particular area; or, 2) a development-based project that will allow students to build up knowledge and skills in delivering successful solutions for industry. 

Curriculum Option: A set of courses that will equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in industry. 

The MSIT is 144 units in total. 

A Note for Dual-Degree Students: 

April - August (Kobe)
Prior to Fall Y2, dual-degree students commence their program at University of Hyogo. All of the courses from April to August are taken from University of Hyogo and the credit is applied to the Master of Applied Informatics. 

January- March (Kobe) 
After Fall Y1, dual-degree students return to University of Hyogo to complete the dual degree. All of the courses from January to March are taken from University of Hyogo and the credit is applied to the Master of Applied Informatics. 

Fall Y1 (Kobe)

Core requirements:

14-740: Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks (12 CMU units via VTC) 
14-741: Introduction to Information Security (12 CMU units VTC)

Students may transfer any of the following courses*: 

[Hyogo Course] Telecommunications Management (12 units may be transferred to CMU as an elective)
[Hyogo Course] Basics of Modern Cryptography (12 units may be transferred to CMU as an elective)
[Hyogo Course] Economic Analysis (6 units may be transferred to CMU as an elective) 

*Courses will be evaluated for transfer during Spring Y1. Approved transfer credit will be noted on student record in Student Information Online (SIO) in Summer Y1.

Spring Y1 (Pittsburgh)

Students must register for 36-48 units. 

12 units

14-761: Applied Information Assurance

6 units

14-782: Information Security Risk Management I 

6 units: choose one course that follows

14-784: Information Security Risk Management II
14-788: Information Security Policy and Management 

additional units of restricted elective or course option course(s)

Summer Y1 (Pittsburgh)

6 units

95-760: Decision Making under Uncertainty*

or

6 units

95-769: Statistics for IT Managers* 

Variable units

14-709: Master's Project (work on research for master's project). Units for the Master's Project can be split over two semesters.

*Enrolling semester is determined by INI admistration annually. Students must enroll and complete during the semester they are directed to enroll by the INI AAO. 

ADDITIONAL UNITS OF RESTRICTED ELECTIVE OR COURSE OPTION COURSE(S)

Fall Y2 (Pittsburgh) 

Students must register for 36-48 units. 

6 units

95-760: Decision Making Uncertainty*

6 units

95-796: Statistics for IT Managers* 

*Enrolling semester is determined by INI admistration annually. Students must enroll and complete during the semester they are directed to enroll by the INI AAO. 

ADDITIONAL UNITS OF RESTRICTED ELECTIVE OR COURSE OPTION COURSE(S)

Students may choose to study at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus in California during their summer and fall in the U.S. 

The Silicon Valley Track is based on the bicoastal program. Students interested in this option should refer to the bicoastal information security or mobility curriculum for further clarification. 

course delivery Technologies

Some courses are delivered in real-time from Pittsburgh through video teleconferencing (VTC) technologies. A smartboard is used and an electronic whiteboard, which allows annotations to be streamed in real-time and saved. The Canvas course management system acts as a central interactive repository for all course materials (i.e., online grade book, asynchronous discussion forums and a virtual chat for the synchronous exchange of information).

faculty

Faculty from Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. conduct both remote-teaching lectures from the U.S. and face-to-face lectures in Japan. Faculty from the University of Hyogo conduct lectures in Kobe on a full-time basis.

course delivery at university of hyogo

Some courses are taught from Carnegie Mellon to the University of Hyogo via distance learning technologies. Co-instructors and teaching assistants support the students in Kobe. Faculty teach the remaining courses onsite at the University of Hyogo.

Up to 36 units taken at the University of Hyogo may be transferred to Carnegie Mellon toward the MSIT-IS degree. For the transferable courses at the University of Hyogo, all lectures and coursework are in English.

course delivery at carnegie mellon university

Classes are conducted directly by the faculty of Carnegie Mellon. Projects (topic-based research) are carried out individually or in small groups under the instruction of the faculty of Carnegie Mellon.