The Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) degree with a Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) concentration is developing an elite set of graduates cross-trained in business process analysis and skilled in predictive modeling, GIS mapping, analytical reporting, segmentation analysis, and data visualization.

Organizations across the world are struggling to develop the know-how to aggregate, analyze, and most importantly monetize the growing surge of available data. Current discussions with banking, healthcare, retail, and government entities point to a severe shortage of individuals that have the combined business, analytics, IT, and communications skills required to be leaders in this field. The School of Information Systems and Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College is perfectly positioned to educate these leaders and provide them with a unique ability to analyze data and effectively communicate the gathered business intelligence.

We have assembled Business Intelligence and Data Analytics faculty who combine deep expertise in IT, business processes, advanced analytic techniques and real-world applications. Students gain hands on experience through coursework and through applied research experiences at Heinz College's iLab working with unique, real-world data sets describing behaviors of people using mobile devices, social and digital media environments, smart transportation and health care services. Labs such as the Living Analytics Research Centerand the Center for the Future of Work have been established with support from industrial partners to provide thought leadership in this important domain.

Students in the MISM-BIDA program acquire the skills to integrate cutting edge information and analytic technology practices with applied business methods. The program features world-renowned faculty teaching a cohesive blend of data analytics, management, strategy, and IT courses. It is this unique mix that makes our graduates highly valued by corporate recruiters. Our MISM graduates have a ten-year track record of receiving highly competitive employment offers from financial service firms, consulting companies, technology agencies and start-up organizations.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides assistance to students in securing the financial means to pursue higher education. Our goal is to educate students about their financial rights and responsibilities to enable them to make informed decisions about their educational funding and to encourage responsible borrowing and repayment practices.

Our office supports the school's goal of enrolling and educating a talented, dynamic and diverse student body and will serve as a resource to current and future students as well as our alumni. Students are encouraged to learn more about:

  • Scholarships & Fellowships: merit-based scholarships, partner-based scholarships and other funding awarded at the time of admission by Heinz College specific to their program of interest, AND
  • External Scholarships: funding available from sources other than CMU and Heinz College

Admission Requirements

Overview

With a Carnegie Mellon MISM degree, you'll see an immediate return on your investment. Better positions, better quality firms, better salaries, and better potential for advancement are the most often cited benefits from previous graduates. Top consulting, financial services, and technology firms most frequently hire our MISM graduates. The goal of the program is to position you for a career as a leader in IT management. We have a robust network of corporate recruiters to provide ample opportunity for achieving your career goals.

Students who have success in this program have demonstrated an ability to synthesize complex quantitative and qualitative concepts. Students tend to have a non-liberal arts undergraduate background that can vary from engineering, to IS, to physics. For more information on our student body.

Before you begin your online application, please carefully review the information below.

Application Deadline: January 10

Yes, we will continue to accept applications after the deadline. The application system will remain open as long as space remains in the incoming class.

Supporting materials can arrive after the deadline; applications are reviewed once all required materials have been received.

Certain scholarship awards may be limited for applications received after the deadline.

Please contact the office of admissions if you are interested in submitting an application after the published deadline.

Which version of MISM is best for you?

One-Year Track

The fast-paced 12-month track (May to May) is for students with over three yearsprofessional work experience prior to the start of the program. 100% of our admitted students to the one-year track have relevant work experience and all have a passion for the application of technology in business. The one-year, May to May track is designed to position you for a fast-track career as a business technologist. MISM Application requirements.

16-Month Track

The 16-month track is for applicants who will have less than three years of professional work experience at the start of the program. Students with less than three years of work experience at the start of the program perform a summer internship and complete the program in 16 months (mid- August through the following December).Over 60% of our admitted students in the 16-month track have relevant work experience. MISM Application requirements.

Global MISM 21-Month Track

The MISM program offers a 4-semester program for students who want a global perspective infused in their MISM experience. The 21-month track offers students the chance to spend their first two semesters of study at Heinz’s Adelaide campus, complete a summer internship (in Australia or the student’s home country), and study for their final two semesters at our Pittsburgh campus. Over 70% of our admitted students in the 21-month track have relevant work experience. MISM Application requirements.

MISM Degree with Concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA)
The MISM program offers a 3-semester (16-month) option for students who want to focus their studies on predictive modeling, GIS mapping, analytical reporting, segmentation analysis, and data visualization.  Over 70% of our admitted students in the BIDA concentration have relevant work experience. MISM Application requirements.

 

Careers in Information Systems Management

The Carnegie Mellon reputation and track record drives employers to our campus in huge numbers. In recent years, we have exceeded our space capacities to handle the demand from prospective employers. Most MISM graduates receive multiple job offers and are able to make choices on job location and industry type. A robust alumni base returns to campus each year to repeat the recruiting cycle.

Consulting firms, financial services firms, and technology firms are the most likely destination for our MISM graduates. In addition, several graduates have pursued careers with startups or embarked on their own entrepreneurial ventures.

  • See who has recently hired our graduates.

At Heinz College we treat Career Services as seriously as we do our academics. Our Career Services staff will help prepare you secure employment through several career counseling activities and create opportunities to meet prospective employers at various networking events and job fairs.

Career Counseling

Our Career Services office provides a comprehensive range of services, programs, and materials focusing on career exploration and decision making, skill development, experiential learning, and career resolution. Staff members provide ongoing guidance to achieve your goals.

There are two full-time, experienced placement staff that work exclusively with the ISM programs of the Heinz College.

Typical counseling activities include:

  • Assessment of skills and career interests.
  • Resume and letter reviews.
  • Discussion of internship and job search strategies.
  • Job offer review and salary negotiation discussions.
  • Handling interviews, meals, phone calls, case exercises, etc.
  • Learn how they can help.

Networking Events

Gain invaluable exposure by networking with some of the nation's top employers. Heinz College hosts several networking events annually to provide a convenient forum for employers to meet qualified students, faculty, staff and alumni. These informal and interactive receptions are held at various company sites.

 

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