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Graduate Programs


Carnegie Mellon University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in three distinct areas, Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD)Information Assurance/Cyber Defense 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

  • The Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) degree offers a technical focus in security and computer systems, further developed through research opportunities. Graduates may pursue doctoral degrees or obtain positions as security experts equipped to manage the emerging complexities associated with securing data, networks and systems. Learn more.
  • The Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley Master of Science in Information Technology offers two degrees through bicoastal delivery in collaboration with the Silicon Valley campus: Mobility (MSIT-MOB) and Information Security (MSIT-IS). Students divide their studies between Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses. The unique combination of rigorous technical topics, practical industry-oriented topics and real-world project experience empowers students to be the movers and shakers of the tech industry, whether launching a tech start-up, joining an enterprise R&D team or fighting cyber-crime. 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.
  • The Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN) degree provides an advanced, specialized curriculum combining computer science, electrical and computer engineering, software engineering and information systems while incorporating business and policy perspectives. Graduates are well positioned to pursue doctoral degrees or obtain leadership, technical and management positions across an array of sectors and industries. 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.
  • The Kobe Master of Science in Information Technology- Information Security is a collaboration between the University of Hyogo in Kobe, Japan, and the INI. This program offers a two-year, dual-degree program. The program prepares students to become leaders in information security by blending education in information security technology, business management and policy, in addition to providing a unique cultural perspective. The curriculum provides background, insights and both general and technical coverage of key elements of information security, while equipping students with the analytical methods and management practices to succeed as managers and technologists in the growing and rapidly changing field of information security. Upon completion of the dual-degree program, students earn graduate degrees in information technology from both Carnegie Mellon University and University of Hyogo. Students earn the Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security (Kobe MSIT-IS) from the Information Networking Institute, Carnegie Mellon University and the Master of Applied Informatics from the Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo. 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.