The degree in Information Systems (IS) program at Carnegie Mellon is interdisciplinary by nature. This program is a joint degree between our Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Heinz College and draws on the university’s strengths in technology and business, in addition to the humanities and social sciences.

IS students study organizational, technological, economic and societal aspects of information systems. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum, they learn how to devise creative and innovative solutions to real-world problems. The curriculum covers five broad areas, including:

  •  System Design and Development Technologies & Methods
  • Organization Theory
  • Decision Making 
  • Professional Communication
  • Liberal Arts Core 

The hallmark of the IS program is the semester-long, team-based project that all students complete in their junior year, 'Information Systems Consulting Project'. For this project, IS students work with a real-word client to implement an information systems solution that meets the organization's needs. In this course, IS students gain valuable experience in teamwork, decision making, leadership, software process methods and technology implementation.

About the 2020 First Year Class

Average Unweighted GPA:3.89

SAT Middle 50%

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 740-760Math: 780-800

ACT Middle 50%

English: 35-36Math: 35-36Composite: 35

Undergraduate Research

Where's the Class of 2019?

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, we prepare students to participate in emerging opportunities in software systems and services, wherever they may be. Graduates of the program are recruited by a wide range of employers in global consulting, manufacturing, consumer products, finance, and software firms. Accenture, Apple, Boeing, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Google, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft and Procter and Gamble are just some of the companies that recruit IS graduates.

See What the Class of 2019 Is Doing After Graduation

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