Carnegie Mellon University

MBA/MSE Plan of Study

The Master of Software Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA/MSE) is a seven semester program that starts each year in late August. The dual-degree program was designed for candidates who are for exceptionally strong technically and across disciplines such as business and economics.  

Semesters one, two and three are taken at the Tepper School of Business, with students beginning the on-campus software engineering aspect of the dual degree program in the second fall term. The MSE portion of the Plan of Study is below.

Units Required Courses
Core 60 17-651, 17-652, 17-653, 17-654, 17-655
Project 84 17-676 (0 units), 17-671 (12 units), 17-672 (36 units), 17-673 (36 units)
Electives/Independent Study 45 Generally, electives are chosen from Computer Science, Robotics, Heinz College, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering, but they can come from any school or department within Carnegie Mellon as long as: (1) the student has not already taken the course and (2) the course is in an area that is consistent with the student’s career goals. 
Communication 6 17-656 (3 units), 17-657 (3 units)
Prerequisites - 15-513 [This 6 unit prerequisite course must be taken in the summer prior to starting the program on campus.  The course is offered via distance delivery.  Be advised that supplemental tuition is charged for the summer prerequisite course]

*All courses above, unless otherwise noted, are 12 units each

Sample Course of Study

Summer Pre-Requisite

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

***Please note the program's Overload Policy at the top of this page when planning your course of study***