SRM and Carnegie Mellon Partnership

The overarching goal of the partnership between SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is to create leaders with the essential skills and competencies to guide the field of embedded software engineering.  With a curriculum that is identical to that of the CMU campus program,the MSIT-ESE is a 16-month degree program. Study begins in year #1 in Chennai at SRM’s School of Computing and School of Electrical Engineering where courses are taught by highly-qualified SRM faculty with additional training at Carnegie Mellon. During this first year, admitted students complete pre-requisite, core, and elective courses as well as project work.

At the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters at SRM, students then proceed to Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh USA where they continue to study in residence for the summer and second fall terms.   Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, graduates may elect to remain in the US to pursue professional opportunities.

For further information on the program, or to discuss its alignment with personal and/or professional goals, you are invited to send mail to the Director of International Relations at admission.mist@srmuniv.ac.in

The Program - MSIT-ESE
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 that draws from the combined resources and strengths of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (SCS), the Institute for Software Research (ISR), and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The professionally-oriented degree provides a background and foundational skills in computer science, hardware and electrical engineering, and systems 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.

MSIT-ESE Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s Programs in Professional Software Engineering is highly-competitive.   Factors that are considered when evaluating candidates for admission are one’s ability to perform graduate-level work, an undergraduate background in computer science, electronics or related disciplines, software development maturity, and relevant industry experience.

To enter the Carnegie Mellon program you must have:

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

We encourage prospective students to review the consumer information pertaining to study at Carnegie Mellon at The Hub website.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Please see Prerequisite Knowledge for additional details about the required background.

Program Completion 

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, and with sign-off/approval from SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Carnegie Mellon’s Office of International Education will prepare the Optional Practical Training (OPT) documentation pertaining to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The OPT period is for 12 months, and allows for the possibility of an H-1B gap extension.  Alternatively, there is a 17-month STEM extension for qualified graduates. For more information on the STEM extension, see: http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/oie/forstu/pdf/opt.pdf

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