Carnegie Mellon University

Career Outlook

When you choose to advance your career through Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Software Engineering Professional  Programs, 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

$128,032

Median Yearly Salary

100%*

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Full-Time Employment Statistics
Median Salary $128,032
Salary Range $82,000-180,000
Employment Offers
(three months post-grad)
100%*
Full-Time Employment by Domain
Computer Software 35%
Information Technology & Services 23%
Cloud/Internet Services 20%
Education/Education Management 6%
Consumer Services 3%
Hardware and Electronics 3%
Marketing & Advertising 3%
Research 3%
Wireless 3%
Top Employers (by Alpha)
Amazon
Amobee
ANSYS, Inc.
Apple
AtWork Systems
Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence
Contextlogic
Coursera
Credit Karma
EAB
Evisort
Facebook
Genesys
Google
Houzz
InterSystems Corporation
Nutanix 
Qualcomm
SAP/SAP SuccessFactors
Uber ATG
Walmart, Inc. (Global eCommerce)
Wish

MSE –
Embedded Systems

$101,650

Median Yearly Salary

100%*

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Full-Time Employment Statistics
Median Salary $101,650
Salary Range $100,000-112,000
Employment Offers
(three months post-grad)
100%*
Full-Time Employment by Domain
Wireless 50%
Computer Hardware 25%
Information Technology & Services 25%
Top Employers (by Alpha)
Amazon
Qualcomm Technology
ScaleFlux

MSE
for Professionals

$146,188

Median Yearly Salary

100%*

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Full-Time Employment Statistics
Median Salary $146,188
Salary Range $100,000-160,000
Employment Offers
(three months post-grad)
100%*
Full-Time Employment by Domain
Cloud/Internet Services 55%
Computer Software 18%
Information Technology & Services 18%
Entertainment 9%
Top Employers (by Alpha)
Amazon
AtWork Systems
Genesys
Google
iVoyant LLC
Microsoft
Pinterest
The Walt Disney Company
*Based on graduates who responded to our survey in 2019.