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Graduate Programs

booksCarnegie Mellon University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in three distinct areas, Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE), Research (CAE-R) and Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops). These designations are reflective of the work of CyLab faculty and researchers and the educational initiatives led by Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI) and director of Education, Training and Outreach for CyLab. Across the colleges and schools at Carnegie Mellon a number of professional graduate degree programs are offered in information networking, information security and information technology, to create a pool of IA professionals who can address the wide range of technology, policy, and management issues in government, industry, and academia.

Additionally, several colleges and departments at Carnegie Mellon offer Ph.D. programs which provide many of the faculty and graduate students actively engaged in CyLab research. These include the School of Computer Science and the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, both from the College of Engineering.

Master's Programs

  • Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) provides an in-depth education in topics such as network and distributed system security, secure software engineering, operating system security, and applied cryptography. This focus is complemented with courses in management, information security policy, and other topics essential to the effective management of secure information systems. Learn more.
  • INI Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Programs have three offerings: Mobility (MSIT-MOB), Information Security (MSIT-IS) and Software Management (MSIT-SM). These professional graduate degree programs integrate technology, management, and industry experience to prepare students to become intelligent decision-makers in the field of information technology. MSIT students gain the strategic thinking skills and insight that are essential for technology leaders in today's competitive business environment. Learn more.
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Privacy Engineering (MSIT-PE) degree is a one year graduate program for computer scientists and engineers who wish to pursue careers as privacy engineers or technical privacy managers. Designed in close collaboration with industry and government, this program is intended for students who aspire to play a crticial role in building privacy into products, services, and processes. Learn more.
  • Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN) degree core courses provide a solid grounding in technology and introduce students to management, strategy, and policy. Through a flexible curriculum, a student can choose to pursue information networking technology, management or other areas of interest in greater depth. Learn more.
  • Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) provides students with background and insights into general and technical coverage of information security, while equipping them with the analytical methods and management practices necessary to succeed as managers in the field of information security. Learn more.
  • Kobe Master of Science in Information Technology, Information Security (MSIT-IS) - provides students with a core set of knowledge in security technology and management and a variety of technology and management electives to further enhance their knowledge of the security area. Offered in collaboration with the University of Hyogo, students have the option to pursue a dual degree, leading to a Master of Applied Informatics from the University of Hyogo in addition to the MSIT-IS from Carnegie Mellon. Learn more.

Ph.D. Programs

  • Ph.D. Programs at the School of Computer Science
    The School of Computer Science offers numerous programs for doctoral students, including Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning and Software Engineering. The doctoral programs differ from each other by their set of course requirements, though there is some overlap of courses between programs. Common to all its Ph.D. programs is a priority on research, and attention to improve teaching, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
    Students in the ECE Ph.D. Program are provided a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical or computer engineering. Students will create and disseminate knowledge of electrical and computer systems during the course of obtaining the Ph.D. degree. Upon enrollment in the department, students, with the help of a faculty advisor, define an education and research program that is consistent with their backgrounds and is best suited to their own academic goals.
    Ph.D. students associated with the CyLab Mobility Research Center at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus, typically split their time between Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley.
  • Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP)
    The Ph.D. program at EPP requires a rigorous program of courses and research accomplishment.  The courses include a series of core classes on fundamental approaches and methods for engineering and public policy; required classes in statistics and economics; electives in engineering, sciences and mathematics; and electives in the social sciences.  Research experience and efforts begin very early in the academic program, leading to a first research paper of journal quality after the third semester and continuing through the development of subsequent papers and the Ph.D. thesis.