Carnegie Mellon University


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 core coursework establishes the necessary background and common competency level.  The area of concentration builds upon the core courses, allowing the student to develop expertise in a given academic area.  Elective slots enable the students to explore their area of concentration in greater depth, or to pursue topics outside the concentration.  The Seminar provides an avenue by which enrolled students can explore topics of particular interest.  The Project is the mechanism whereby students, as members of a team, delve deeply into a problem in an effort to create a solution that is relevant to information technology strategy.

The MITS program minimum requirements include 120 units*, divided as follows:

  • Core Course Requirements - 48 units
  • Area of Concentration - 24 units
  • Free Elective - 12 units
  • Project - 30 units
  • Seminar - 6 units

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

More details about the Plan of Study can be found here

Four Semester Option

An optional one-semester extension allows students to deepen their knowledge in a particular concentration area.  Students are expected to complete their core and concentration requirements in the first three semesters.   Students pursuing the four-semester option require a minimum of 156 units in order to graduate. 

* 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.