Carnegie Mellon University

M.S. in SE (Master of Science, Standard Program)

*All students who will matriculate into the ECE M.S. program in Fall 2020 or later, please see the program options & requirements here.

The M.S. in SE is a three-semester program that is comprised of 97 units of graduate course work (600 level and above).  Within the Standard Program you can choose between the following options:

Course option requirements

  • 60 units of SE Core Courses
  • 24 units of CIT Elective Courses
  • 12 units of General Technical Elective Courses
  • 1 unit of Introduction to Graduate Studies 

*Preparatory Exception: 12 units of undergraduate course work (300 level and above) may be substituted as part of the 96 core and elective units.

Project option requirements

  • 48 units of SE Core Courses
  • 12 units of General Technical Elective Courses
  • 36 units of M.S. Graduate Project coursework
  • 1 unit of Introduction to Graduate Studies 

*Preparatory Exception: 12 units of undergraduate course work (300 level and above) may be substituted as part of the 96 core and elective units.

The SE standard program requires 60 units (for the course option) and 48 units (for the project option) of core coursework that may not be waived or substituted.

Students are required to take 18-652 Foundations of Software Engineering in their first semester. To complete the remaining required units of core coursework, please choose from the core offerings below:

  • Required: 18-652 Foundations of Software Engineering (12 units)
  • 18-653 Software Architecture & Design (12 units)
  • 18-654 Software Verification & Testing (12 units)
  • 18-655 Service Oriented Computing (12 units)
  • 18-656 Data-Intensive Workflow Development for Software Engineers (12 units)
  • 18-657 Decision Analysis and Engineering Economics for Software Engineers (12 units)
  • 18-658 Software Requirements & Interaction Design (12 units)
  • 18-659 Software Engineering Methods (12 units)
  • 18-668 Data Science for Software Engineering (12 units)

24 units (for the course option only) must be graduate coursework (600 level or above) within CIT from the following departments:

  • ECE (18)
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) (39)
  • Biomedical Engineering (42)
  • Chemical Engineering (06)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (12)
  • Engineering & Public Policy (19)
  • Information Network Institute (14)
  • Integrated Innovation Institute (49)
  • Materials Science & Engineering (27)
  • Mechanical Engineering (24)
  • CMU Africa (04)

EXCEPTIONS – The following CIT courses may not be counted toward CIT Elective Coursework. They may be counted toward General Technical Elective Coursework.

  • Engineering & Public Policy (19) - 19-602, 19-655
  • Integrated Innovation Institute (49) – 49-750, 49-751, 49-761, 49-762, 49-763, 49-764, 49-765, 49-766, 49-767, 49-770, 49-771, 49-772, 49-773, 49-774, 49-775, 49-780, 49-781, 49-782, 49-788, 49-790, 49-791, 49-792, 49-793
  • Mechanical Engineering (24) – 24-792

CMU Africa (04) – 04-601, 04-602, 04-605, 04-900, 04-980

 

12 units of coursework (600 level or above) can be from the following programs (shown under their parent college) or individually approved courses:

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Statistics (36)
  • Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (86)
  • Heinz School of Information Systems (95)
  • Heinz College-Wide Courses (94)

Mellon College of Science (MCS)

  • Biological Sciences (03)
  • Chemistry (09)
  • Mathematical Sciences (21)
  • Physics (33)

School of Computer Science (SCS)

  • Computational Biology (02)
  • Computer Science (15)
  • Entertainment Technology Center (53)
  • Institute for Software Research (08)
  • Robotics Institute (16)
  • Human-Computer Interaction Institute (05)
  • Language Technologies Institute (11)
  • Machine Learning (10)
  • Software Engineering (17)

Tepper School of Business (TEP)

  • Tepper School of Business (45)

Additional courses outside of these programs that are approved to be counted toward General Technical Elective Coursework:

  • 46-926, 46-929
  • 47-830, 47-834
  • 51-882
  • 57-947
  • 80-713
  • 84-688
  • 90-756, 90-808
  • 93-711

36 units (for the project option only) of 18-980 (M.S. Graduate Project) must be completed.

*The M.S. Graduate Project is not required for students in the course option, however, these students may take up to 27 project units. 12 project units can count towards their core requirements and up to 15 project units can count toward their CIT elective requirements.

ECE Master’s students in the standard program will take 97 units for their degree, 85 units of which must be from within the College of Engineering (61 from within ECE, 24 from within CIT; see above). This rule applies to all students matriculating fall 2020 or later and to all IMB students who sign their intent form after the start of the Fall 2020 semester. IMB students will be beholden to the program requirements in place when they sign their intent form and officially agree to enter the program.

*Please note: Additional units can be taken beyond the required 97 units described above in order to diversify your course schedule, however, they will not be counted towards the program requirements. Students who wish to take more than the recommended 36 units per semester (after their first semester) should make an appointment with their academic advisor to review your planned schedule.

Students who are pursuing the M.S. Standard degree cannot register for their final semester if they have already completed 120 units of coursework. These units include courses taken for audit, pass/no pass, and withdrawal. Please refer to CIT policy on MS degree units for additional information.