Carnegie Mellon University

The Master of Information Technology Strategy is a cooperative endeavor of the College of Engineering, School of Computer Science, and the Institute for Politics and Strategy. This program creates leaders in the IT strategy space by allowing you to tailor your degree to an area of interest and teaching you how the puzzle pieces fit together -- both of which make you valuable to employers. The average starting salary for MITS graduates is nearly $120,000.

The program's two tracks provide flexibility, but their brevity -- the longer of the two takes sixteen months to complete -- is well-suited for those who want to quickly advance their professional career. Both tracks involve a required Capstone Project, in which teams of four to six students partner with a company, research center, or organization to help them solve a strategic problem.   

The program offers four areas of specialization: Data Analytics, Information Security, Politics and Strategy, and Software and Networked Systems. No matter what you choose, you'll receive a blend of the other three, meaning you will leave Carnegie Mellon with a well-rounded skillset that makes you an attractive target on the job market. MITS is a STEM-designated degree according to the US Department of Homeland Security, meaning international students may apply for a longer period of Optional Practical Training. 

Graduates go on to careers as data scientists, software engineers, military cyber operations officers, artificial intelligence and machine learning engineers, and business technology analysts for companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, Barclays, Deloitte, Apple, Google, DoorDash, and Visa. Ready to turbocharge your career? Schedule a meeting with Graduate Program Advisor Kelly Voss to learn more.