Carnegie Mellon University

MSE Accelerated Masters Program

The MSE Accelerated Masters Program (MSE-AMP) is a 5th year masters program for undergraduates in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. It is a full-time on-campus program, consisting of three academic semesters and a required internship during the summer.

MSE-AMP students can choose to focus in one of two areas:

MSE – Scalable Systems

For entry-level developers with less than two years experience, or equivalent internship/project experience. Students study scalable systems, including large-scale, intelligent systems.

Duration: 16-months, on-campus, full-time, requires an internship
Median Starting Salary: $111,000
Employed by: Amazon, Bloomberg, Cisco, Fitbit, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft

Apply to the MSE - Scalable Systems program

MSE – Embedded Systems

For entry-level developers with less than two years experience, or equivalent internship/project experience. Students study embedded systems, including Internet-of-Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems.

Duration: 16-months, on-campus, full-time, requires an internship
Median Starting Salary: $115,000
Employed by: Aptiv, Clover Network, Fortinet, Goldman Sachs, Qualcomm, Xilinx

Apply to the MSE - Embedded Systems program

How to Apply

Application materials for the graduate software engineering degree programs are as follows:

  1. completed application form.
  2. well-developed statement of purpose (SOP), including specifics about your professional goals and about your software development experience on teams and in projects. 
  3. current resume.
  4. two (2) letters of recommendation, which provide specific examples of your maturity, leadership, and software development experience on teams and in projects.
  5. interview with the MSE program manager, to be scheduled in early January.
  6. unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts. Official hard copies of transcripts are required upon your acceptance of an admission offer.
  7. unofficial Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Official scores should be sent to the School of Computer Science (code 0402), Carnegie Mellon University (code 2074). Previously taken GRE test scores may be submitted provided the results are less than five (5) years old. Please arrange to take the GRE in a timely manner; tests taken after November will not arrive in time for the December deadline. CMU undergraduates with a QPA over 3.0 are not required to take the GRE.
  8. online programming assessment — invitations are sent out December 13, and the assessment must be completed by December 22.