Carnegie Mellon University

Career Outlook

When you choose to advance your career through Carnegie Mellon’s professional master’s programs in Software Engineering, you can expect preparation and guidance that will position you well to meet your career objectives.

Whether you aspire to ascend to a position of technical leadership, refine and drive your organization's development process to the next level, or define and design broad-reaching system architectures, we can help you get there.

Our graduates rise to positions of leadership. On average, 50% of our graduates enter senior software engineering positions within five years of graduation. 25% of our graduates directly enter senior software engineering positions. While these statistics are controlled by market demand, our graduates who obtain senior positions do so within 18 months on average, which is up to 12 months faster than graduates from non-CMU masters programs headed to software engineering positions. The MSE program routinely tracks the career velocity of our graduates to prepare our students to reach their greatest potential.

MSE –
Scalable Systems

$110,000

Median Yearly Salary

100%*

Received offers by three months post-graduation

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Full-Time Employment Statistics
Median Salary $110,000
Salary Range $50,000-135,000
Employment Offers
(three months post-grad)
100%*
Full-Time Employment by Domain
Cloud/Internet Services 36%
Finance 19%
Hardware and Electronics 11%
Petrochemical 8%
Healthcare 6%
Transportation 6%
Retail 6%
Social Media 3%
Other 5%
Top Employers (by Alpha)
Amazon
Bloomberg
Cisco
Fitbit
Goldman Sachs
Google
Microsoft

MSE –
Embedded Systems

$115,000

Median Yearly Salary

100%*

Received offers by three months post-graduation

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Full-Time Employment Statistics
Median Salary $115,000
Salary Range $84,000-125,000
Employment Offers
(three months post-grad)
100%*
Full-Time Employment by Domain
Cloud/Internet Services 29%
Hardware and Electronics 29%
Finance 14%
Automotive 14%
Other 14%
Top Employers (by Alpha)
Aptiv
Clover Network
Fortinet
Goldman Sachs
Qualcomm
Xilinx

MSE
for Professionals

$135,000

Median Yearly Salary

100%*

Received offers by three months post-graduation

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Full-Time Employment Statistics
Median Salary $135,000
Salary Range $115,000-140,000
Employment Offers
(three months post-grad)
100%*
Full-Time Employment by Domain
Cloud/Internet Services 56%
Social Media 11%
Finance 11%
Hardware and Electronics 11%
Transportation 11%
Top Employers (by Alpha)
Amazon
Audible
Bloomberg
Dropbox
Microsoft
Navis
Twitter 
*Based on graduates who responded to our survey in 2018.