Carnegie Mellon University

Curriculum

The MITS program is a three-semester, full-time, on-campus program. The curriculum consists of five distinct components: core coursework, an area of concentration, free electives, Project, and Seminar.

The MITS program minimum requirements include 126 units*, divided as follows:

  • Core Course Requirements - 48 units
  • Area of Concentration - 24 units
  • Free Elective - 12 units
  • Project - 36 units
  • Seminar - 6 units
  • Internship - 3 units (Applied Study Program only) 


All Core and Concentration requirements must be completed in the first two semesters of the program. Core courses may be used to fulfill concentration requirements. Due to changing class availability, alternatives to core and concentration area will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Free electives must be approved and in the MITS genre.

A copy of the MITS Graduate Student Handbook can be found here.

Typical plan of study:

Semester Core Concentration Free Elective Seminar Project
Fall 36 units 12 units 12 units maximum 3 units
Spring 12 units 24 units 6 units maximum 3 units 6 units
Summer 24 units maximum 24 units

*Carnegie Mellon assigns "units" of weight for each course. For the average student, one unit represents one work-hour of time per week. Three units are the equivalent of one traditional semester credit.

MITS Programs

Standard

MITS Standard Program (12 months, 126 units total). Students must complete:

48 units total of core courses, 12 units from each of the concentration tracks:

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

24 units (minimum) of concentration courses
6 units of IPS Policy Seminar
36 units of MITS project
12 units (minimum) of elective coursework, which must be approved and in MITS genre

Please note:

  • All core and concentration courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester.
  • Core courses can be used for concentration course requirements unless otherwise noted.

Students must complete all of the Option 1 requirements, minus the summer internship. Students will instead complete their project during the summer semester and graduate at the end of summer.

Recommended Coursework Plan by Semester 

Fall Spring Summer
Information Security Core Course (12 units) Software and Networked Systems Core Course (12 units) MITS Project (36 units)

Data Analytics Core Course (12 units)

Concentraation Course (12 units) MITS Project (36 units)
Politics and Strategy Core Course (12 units) Concentration Course (12 units) MITS project (36 units)
MITS Seminar (3 units) Approved elective (12 units) MITS project (36 units)
Intro to Computer Systems elective or Concentration Course (12 units)

Optional approved elective (12 units) 

MITS Seminar (3 units)

Optional approved elective (6-12 units)

 

Applied Study

MITS Applied Study (16 months, 129 units total). Students must complete:

48 units total of core courses, 12 units from each of the concentration tracks

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

24 units (minimum) of concentration courses
6 units of IPS Policy Seminar
36 units of MITS project
12 units (minimum) of elective coursework, which must be approved and in MITS genre
3 units of internship in the summer semester

Please note:

  • All core and concentration courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester.
  • Core courses can be used for concentration course requirements unless otherwise noted.

Recommended Coursework Plan by Semester 

Fall Spring  Summer Fall

Information Security Core Course (12 units)

Software and Networked Systems Core Course (12 units)

Required internship (3 units) MITS Project (36 units)
Data Analytics Core Course (12 units) Concentration Course (12 units) Required internship (3 units) MITS Project (36 units)
Politics and Strategy Core Course (12 units) Concentration Course (12 units) Required internship (3 units) MITS Project (36 units)
15513/11637 elective or Concentration Course (12 units) Approved Elective (12 units) Required internship (3 units) MITS Project (36 units)
MITS Seminar (3 units) MITS Seminar (3 units) Required internship (3 units) Optional Approved Elective (6-12 units)