ESE Program Overview

This prestigious collaboration between SRM University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) aims to create leaders with the skills and competencies needed to set the direction and invent the future in the field of embedded software engineering. Under this collaboration, Carnegie Mellon will award the Master of Science (MS) degree - MSIT-ESE, a 16 months specialised programme on embedded software engineering,  with a curriculum that is identical to the campus program. The first 2 semesters will be offered at SRM University, Chennai by the School of Computing and the School of Electrical Engineering, by adjunct, highly qualified and Carnegie Mellon trained faculty . The students will also complete pre-requisites, core and elective courses along with project work during this period.

On completion of the two semester syllabi at SRM Universty, students will proceed to Carnegie Mellon , USA, to complete the course. The degree by  Carnegie Mellon  will  allow the graduates to seek a lucrative  career  in the USA like any other regular graduates. 

For further details and discussion, email the Director,International Relations at admission.mist@srmuniv.ac.in

Master of Science in Information Technology – Embedded Software Engineering
The Master of Science in Information Technology – Embedded Software Engineering (MSIT-ESE) is a 16-month professional master’s degree program drawing on the combined resources and strengths of the School of Computer Science's Institute for Software Research (ISR) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The professionally-oriented degree provides the foundations and skills in computer science, hardware and electrical engineering, and systems engineering necessary for effective embedded software engineering.

The use of an application-based capstone MSIT Project is a central component in the curriculum, and is particularly appropriate for students who intend to return to industry after receiving their degree.

Overview of Collaboration

In the SRM-CMU collaboration, students will start the program at the SRM campus in Chennai and after one year of study at SRM the students move to CMU campus in Pittsburgh, USA and complete the program requirements. During the one year study of MSIT-ESE at SRM, the courses and syllabi taught are the same as that offered at first year of MSIT-ESE at CMU, Pittsburgh, USA. Degree will be awarded by CMU.

It is assumed that the students will possess an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or similar specialization. Students must also have some project experience prior to beginning the joint "CMU-SRM MSIT-ESE Program". The applicants to the program will be mutually reviewed and accepted by CMU and SRM faculty.

MSIT-ESE Admission Overview

Admission to the Masters Program in Embedded Software Engineering is highly-competitive.  The ability to perform graduate-level work, solid undergraduate background in computer science, electronics or related disciplines, software development maturity, and industry experience are several factors considered for admission.

To enter the Carnegie Mellon program you must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree  in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) /  Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) /  Information Technology (IT) /  Software Engineering (SW) /  Electrical Engineering /  Electronics Engineering, or similar specialization.
  • Some undergraduate/graduate project experience, internships, or professional experience.
  • Scores from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required.  Your scores should be sent to the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. The subject test in Computer Science is not required but highly recommended.
  • Non-native speakers of English (international applicants who do not have a degree from a US school) should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Scores are to be reported informally on the application, and official scores sent thereafter directly to the MSE (code 4256).

We encourage  prospective students to review all released consumer information regarding study at Carnegie Mellon; this information is available via The Hub.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Please see Prerequisite Knowledge for more details about the required background in these areas.

On Completion of this Program
On successful completion of the degree requirements  Carnegie Mellon’s Office of International Education would recommend Optional Practical Training (OPT) to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The maximum amount of time granted to work on F-1 OPT status is 12 months, plus a possible H-1B cap gap extension OR a 17-month STEM extension for those who qualify. For more information on the STEM extension, please see: http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/oie/forstu/pdf/opt.pdf