Carnegie Mellon University

Area of Concentration

The area of concentration provides an opportunity to build upon core course knowledge, and to develop expertise in a specific area.  Students choose a focus area (2 courses, or 24 units) from amongst the following concentration areas:

  • Data Analytics
  • Politics and Strategy
  • Information Security
  • Software and Networked Systems

Students can further explore their area of concentration, or pursue topics outside of it, through free electives. At least one course (12 units) must be taken from outside the student's focus area.

Students may choose courses for their area of concentration and free electives from amongst the following:

Data Analytics

To be successful, tomorrow’s leaders in Information Dominance must be proficient in extracting knowledge from large data systems. Such extraction requires mastery in techniques such as machine learning, social network analysis, and large-scale data reduction and filtering.

  • 08-741 Data Science
  • 10-605 Machine Learning with Large Datasets
  • 11-441 Search Engines and Web Mining
  • 11-741 Information Retrieval
  • 15-826 Multimedia Databases and Data Mining

Politics and Strategy

The ability to demonstrate sound reasoning about policy and strategy is an invaluable skill for individuals who will shape the future of IT strategy.

  • 84-605 The Future of Warfare: Cyber, Violent Non-State Actors, and Conflict in the "Grey Zone" (fall)
  • 84-619 U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs (spring)
  • 84-622 Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution (spring)
  • 84-662 Diplomacy and Statecraft (fall)
  • 84-669 Decision Science for International Relations (fall)
  • 84-680 Grand Strategy in the United States (fall)
  • 84-686 The Privatization of Force (fall)
  • 84-689 Terrorism and Insurgency (spring)
  • 84-720 International Security Graduate Seminar (spring)
  • 84-736 Analytical Social Science and National Security (fall)
  • 88-602 Behvioral Decision Making (spring)
  • 88-605 Risk Perception and Communication (spring)
  • 88-635 Decision Science & Policy (spring)
  • 19-701 Intro to the Theory & Practice of Policy (fall)
  • 19-711 Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations, and Technological Change (fall)
  • 19-713 Policies of Wireless Systems & the Internet (fall)
  • 19-722 Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management (spring)

Information Security

An understanding of cyber threats and the mitigation of their impact ensures that program graduates are equipped to address the dangers of cyber attacks.

  • 18-730 (ECE) Introduction to Computer Security (fall prerequisite 15-214)
  • 18-731 Network Security
  • 18-732 Secure Software Systems
  • 18-733 Applied Cryptography
  • 14-735 Secure Software Engineering
  • 14-741 Intro to Information Security
  • 14-761 Applied Information Assurance
  • 14-807 Information Security Risk Management
  • 17-632 Runtime Malware Detection (summer)

Software and Networked Systems

An understanding of system and software architecture is essential for the management of safe, secure, and reliable information infrastructures.

  • 14-740 Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks (spring)
  • 16-720 Computer Vision 
  • 16-722 Sensing and Sensors
  • 16-861 Mobile Robot Design
  • 17-627 Software Security Engineering
  • 17-638 Systems Architecture for Managers
  • 17-664 Enterprise Application Integration
  • 18-342 Intro to Embedded Systems
  • 18-349 Intro to Embedded Real Time Systems
  • 18-756 Packet Switching & Computer Networks
  • 18-843 Mobile and Pervasive Computing 

Please Note: The courses listed on this page are not an exhaustive list. Additional courses may be appropriate. MITS students are encouraged to discuss their course selections with their faculty advisor.