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Distance Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How do I register for distance education classes?
  2. How many credits does it take to complete the MSIT-SE degree?
  3. How many credits does it take to complete the MSE degree?
  4. How much time will I need to devote to my courses?
  5. Is there an opportunity to tailor a program's plan of study in an area of specialization?
  6. Are courses taken in a Certificate progam able to be applied for credit later should I apply and be accepted to a degree program?
  7. What is the difference between the MSE and MSIT-SE degree programs?
  8. What is the hallmark Studio project?
  9. Will I have an advisor and when can I contact him/her?


  1. What is the program's transfer credit policy?
  2. Will completion of the MSE or MSIT program help me gain admission into a Carnegie Mellon doctoral program?


  1. Are there any location restrictions for distance programs?
  2. As an international student, are there special circumstances that I need to be aware of?
  3. How would taking distance education courses help my career?
  4. What if I need to withdraw during the semester?
  5. What is the difference between the MSE and the MSIT-SE distance programs?
  6. What is the program’s reputation?
  7. What is the program’s return on investment?
  8. Will I get a computer account and when can I start using it?
  9. Will I get any practical experience from distance education courses?

Tuition / Financial Aid

  1. How much is tuition?
  2. Is financial aid available?
  3. When is tuition due?