Multidisciplinary programs

Our interdisciplinary approach to education and research in the College of Engineering and throughout Carnegie Mellon enables a variety of graduate degrees that span traditional departments. Our multidisciplinary programs include the following offerings.

Architecture - Engineering - Construction Management (AEC)

A joint master’s degree between Civil & Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture, the Architecture - Engineering - Construction Management (AEC) program is designed to prepare building delivery professionals for leadership roles with an impact on economic, environmental, and ethical concerns.

 

Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces (CPS)

When manufacturing chemical products, the application of colloid, polymer, or surface science is often vital, yet these subjects receive minimal coverage in most engineering and science curricula. The Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces (CPS) program focuses on these topics, which are relevant to many industries including coatings and paints, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, synthetic and biopolymer manufacture, cosmetics and personal care, environmental remediation, catalysis, and surfactants. This M.S. degree is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Mellon College of Science.

 

Energy Science, Technology, and Policy (EST&P)

The Energy Science, Technology, and Policy (EST&P) program offers two interdisciplinary professional M.S. degree options for students who seek a distinctive engineering degree that will position graduates to develop creative and sustainable solutions to solve world-wide energy science and technology problems from harvesting and conversion of energy to distribution, demand, and usage, with attention to policy and economics. Both degrees can be customized to align with your personal and professional goals. The curriculum includes coursework in the Energy Core, breadth electives, and energy-related courses determined by your selected disciplinary concentration in Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, Materials Science & Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. As an EST&P graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a position of responsibility and leadership in one of the many energy-related markets including: traditional utility companies and energy suppliers, alternative and renewable energy companies, power generation and distribution equipment companies, energy intensive manufacturing and operating companies, consulting companies, NGOs, non-profits, government, and academic institutions.

The EST&P degree is completed in two full-time semesters. The EST&P-AS degree is completed in three full-time semesters which requires additional units of master’s project coursework. EST&P-AS provides the opportunity for professional activity experiences including supervised project work or internships. 

 

Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM)

Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) is an interdisciplinary M.S. program that provides candidates with science and engineering backgrounds with an understanding of the fundamentals of innovation and value creation, while also strengthening technical insights. It is appropriate for those who aspire to lead technology development and engineering, create new technology-enabled ventures, develop business technology strategies, or design policies to encourage technological innovation. E&TIM applicants can choose to pursue a dual degree with several of the university's engineering departments.

The program is coordinated by Engineering & Public Policy in collaboration with the Heinz College, the Department of Social & Decision Sciences (in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences) and the Tepper School of Business. E&TIM's unique, cross-cutting approach allows students to develop capabilities for leading innovation while growing and leveraging their own areas of technical expertise.

 

Information Networking Institute (INI)

The Information Networking Institute INI offers professional graduate degree programs in Information Networking, Information Security, and Mobility that represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics, and policies of secure communication networks.

 

Integrated Innovation Institute

The Integrated Innovation Institute is a joint initiative of the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts (CFA) and Tepper School of Business. The Institute currently offers three multidisciplinary graduate degree programs across its locations in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley: Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services, Master of Science in Software Management and Master of Science in Technology Ventures.

 

Integrated master's/bachelor's program (IMB)

The Integrated Master's/Bachelor's program (otherwise known as the IMB program) allows students who excel academically to achieve both a bachelor's and master’s degree in any of the major programs without needing to apply separately. The primary purpose of the IMB program is to provide students with superior breadth and depth in technical material, which will better prepare them for careers in industry. Experience has shown that students complete the IMB program in eight to ten full academic semesters after enrolling at CMU.

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MBA and Engineering Integrated 5-year Program

This dual-degree program, offered by the College of Engineering and Tepper School of Business, allows students the chance to combine an engineering degree with an MBA. Engineering students incorporate business classes into their schedule, as part of the college's general education requirements. By adding a fifth year to the normal college schedule, qualified students will graduate with a dual degree. For more information, please visit the MBA-Engineering Integrated 5-Year Program web site.