Carnegie Mellon University

The INI Experience

An unparalleled student experience is what sets the INI apart from other graduate programs.

Flexible Course Structure

Interdisciplinary Program Structure 

Taught by world-class faculty, our rigorous technical curriculum in information networking, security, AI security and mobile and IoT engineering incorporates business and policy perspectives. Through flexible, interdisciplinary curricula, INI students can customize their program experience to help them realize their career aspirations.


Transformational Educational Experience

Beyond the rich academic experience derived from our coursework, the INI's vibrant metacurriculum offers distinct opportunities outside of the classroom.

In the practicum project, a capstone course at CMU Silicon Valley, bicoastal information security and mobile and IoT engineering students work in teams to tackle problems, pilot new ideas and develop solutions for industry, government and research sponsors.

Academic Advising

Supportive Academic Advising Model

The INI's academic advisors are here to support your journey at the INI. Advisors are available by appointment to advise students on course choices and academic direction.

Your advisor can provide advice about developing a plan that best fits your interests, needs and goals.

Student Support

Exceptional Student Services

Our specialized student services provide a holistic community of support, including in-house career and enrollment advising. 

From a prospective student’s first interaction with our admissions team to accepting the best job offer after graduation, the INI’s dedicated faculty and staff are there for each personal and academic milestone.


A Culture Welcoming to All

For the last two decades, the INI’s leadership has fostered a teaching and learning environment that embraces diversity. Our efforts are rooted in the belief that culture matters.

We believe the teaching and learning environment must be inviting and supportive for all students.

Annual traditions shape life at the INI.

Our culture of inclusivity is built upon an array of social and cultural events that have become much-loved annual traditions.

Boat cruise of Pittsburgh's three rivers

Orientation Boat Cruise

Enjoy a three-hour boat cruise of Pittsburgh's three rivers with your new classmates. Put on your dancing shoes, and get ready for an evening of delicious food and drink, phenomenal views and terrific company.

Orientation Great Race

Great Race

Discover Carnegie Mellon's campus during INI's Orientation by following the clues on this fun scavenger hunt.

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

Introducing the student organizations GOINI and Women@INI to the new students with a spoonful of ice cream and sprinkles.

Pumpkin Carving

WINI Pumpkin Carving

Carve out time in your schedule near Halloween for WINI's annual pumpkin carving event followed by a scary movie screening.

students in line to get food at the potluck

Thanksgiving Potluck

Our students are not only brilliant, but pretty great cooks too! At the Thanksgiving Potluck, INI provides traditional American dishes of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes while students bring in food from their cultures, ranging from samosas and tamarind rice to corn casserole and lemon bars.

decorating the tree

GOINI Tree Decorating Party

'Tis the season for decorating trees and cookies! GOINI's Tree Decorating Party spreads holiday cheer and honors the December graduates before students head into finals week. 

service project

Community Service

Giving back to the community is an important aspect of GOINI and WINI, and students often participate in outreach initiatives related to increasing interest in careers in technology.


Diploma Ceremony

Tossing their caps to the sky! The INI celebrates its graduating class with a diploma ceremony and reception attended by faculty, staff, friends and family.

The INI building at 4616 Henry Street in Pittsburgh is a vibrant home for students, staff and faculty. The second floor is a dedicated student space for study sessions, collaboration and social events. 


Powerful Alumni Base

Our alumni go on to serve high-powered companies, tech start-ups and government agencies. They return to INI to recruit, mentor and inspire current students to follow their path to success.

Ujwaal talking with students

Outside the Classroom

Whether exploring Pittsburgh, competing in hackathons or networking with alumni, the INI community is pursuing its aspirations and having some fun along the way.

Motto Tshirt

Global Campus and Community

INI is a global community, with campus locations in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley.

Explore Our Global Campus

Global Campus


Pittsburgh is emerging as a city of makers and entrepreneurs dubbed "the next tech mecca." INI students enjoy low cost of living, booming food scene and a rich CMU campus experience.

Silicon Valley

Bicoastal students spend part of their program at CMU Silicon Valley. A shared campus culture keeps them connected to Pittsburgh classmates through WINI and GOINI events while also gaining industry exposure in the nation's top tech hub.

Class Motto Hall of Fame

MS35: With Great Networks Comes Great Security

MS34: Our Buffers Don't Overflow

MS33: Be the Practitioner of Your Dreams

MS32: To InfINIty, and Beyond

MS31: May the Network be with You

MS30: You and I at INI; Create, Connect, and Redefine

MS29: Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground

MS28: Connect with Us: We Bind, We Listen, We Accept

MS27: Online or Offline- We are Top of the Line

MS26: My Heart is in the Network

MS25: Configure the Future

MS24: Inspiring Network of Intellects

MS23: Basically, We Rock!


MS21: Igniting New Ideas

MS20: in' i Makes "We" - That's Networking

MS19: infINIte possibilities, infINIte paths

Today, We Work

Andrew Carnegie famously said, "My heart is in the work." Here at Carnegie Mellon University, we think about work a little differently...

Featuring Hana Habib, INI 2016 alumna, EWF-INI Fellow and current Carnegie Mellon PhD student.