The degree in Information Systems (IS) program at Carnegie Mellon is interdisciplinary by nature. While at home in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the program 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 are two semester-long, team-based projects. In the junior year 'Software Development Project', IS students students work with a real-word client to implement an information systems solution that meets the organization's needs. In the senior year 'Innovation in Information Systems' project, student teams are challenged to develop leading edge prototypes of a useful mobile app, an improved technology-enabled business solution or a systems idea with potential market value. In these courses, 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.

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