The following entrepreneurship-related programs are offered by the College of Engineering. These programs leverage the strengths of several colleges at the university, as well as our Silicon Valley campus.
MII-PS is a one-year professional degree in innovation and design thinking that takes advantage of Carnegie Mellon University's rich history in design, engineering and pioneering work in the field of integrated product development.
The focus of the MII-PS degree is on the creation of products, services and interactive experiences that define new product opportunities that exceed user value expectations. The program excels at providing engineers, designers and those in related fields with the skills and knowledge to become more accomplished practitioners and leaders of the product development process.
Jointly offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Design, and the Tepper School of Business, all of which are leaders in their field, the MII-PS program immerses students in a truly interdisciplinary environment, at both the program and university level. Access to the university's seven world-class schools and colleges help students tailor their MII-PS experience to meet their unique personal and professional goals.
Create an idea, create a business, create a new world. Combining Carnegie Mellon’s world-class technology academics and research with the world’s most exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem, this master's degree will equip you with the tools and skills to bring your high-tech ideas to market. In the current climate of innovation, there is a demand for cross-trained engineers who not only understand emerging technologies but also possess the business skills to deliver them in a way that truly impacts society.
This bicoastal 16-month program begins at Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, where you will develop a deep knowledge of cutting-edge technologies. You will also learn state of the art methods for innovation and how to use technology to solve society’s biggest problems. You will then experience first-hand the day-to-day excitement—and ups and downs—of new ventures during a summer internship in Silicon Valley through our network of established startups. The final phase of the program takes place at our Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, CA. For two academic semesters, you will immerse yourself in the business aspects of technology ventures (both startup and in existing companies)—from proof of principle, to proof of concept, to proof of commerce—through validation, alignment, maximizing potential and launching practices. The degree’s dynamic curriculum based in entrepreneurship also allows you to develop your own venture as part of your coursework, if desired.
There is also a dual degree option with the College’s traditional engineering departments which allows students to obtain both the MSTV and the MS in engineering degrees in just one additional semester.
E&TIM is a one-year interdisciplinary master's program offered by Carnegie Mellon’s distinguished College of Engineering, one of the top 10 engineering schools in the country. It is coordinated by the Department of Engineering and Public Policy with collaboration from other schools, including the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, the Department of Social & Decision Sciences (in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences), and the Tepper School of Business.
The Engineering and Technology Innovation Management M.S. program builds upon the technical strengths of engineers and scientists by providing frameworks to lead, foster and manage technical innovation. This unique, cross-cutting approach allows students to develop capabilities for leading innovation while growing and leveraging their own areas of technical expertise.
The Master of Science in Software Management is offered at CMU's Silicon Valley campus. The program is designed for the software professional interested in becoming a product manager, director of software development, VP of Engineering, CTO or successful entrepreneur.
Software management places unique demands on its leaders. Students learn methods and processes for software innovation, entrepreneurship (internal and through start-ups) and management of the process. Full-time and part-time programs are available.