Global MISM 21-Month Track

The Global MISM Track is a 21-month experience that allows students to access multiple job markets, including the United States, and gain an international perspective in their education. The Global MISM Track is structured as follows:

  • Year 1 (August - May): study in our campus in Adelaide, South Australia, completing most of the core courses required of all MISM students.
  • Summer (May - August): complete summer internship in Australia or elsewhere globally. Please note, Global MISM students will not be able to complete their summer internship in the United States (unless they are a U.S. citizen). Our staff in Adelaide will assist you in identifying and securing an internship that fits your career goals.
  • Year 2 (August - May): students will complete the final two semesters of their degree at and graduate from our Pittsburgh campus in the United States with Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Information Systems Management degree.
  • Graduation (May) and beyond: at the completion of their fourth and final semester, international graduates will be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the United States. If you are interested in accessing the American job market, our Office of Career Services in Pittsburgh will provide support and guidance during your second year in the program as you conduct your job search.

In 2006, Heinz College established a campus in Adelaide, South Australia with the intent of expanding its global footprint while offering its students the opportunity to gain an international perspective while they are in graduate school.

The Global MISM 21-Month Track continues to be a professionally focused program with the goal to provide its graduates with a competitive advantage leading to superior job placement in an increasingly competitive global job market. Students will be able to enroll in more courses overall while gaining an international perspective as a full-time graduate student. In addition, students will be eligible to complete their required summer internship in Australia or in their home country. Students choosing to remain in Adelaide for their internship following their second semester can work with companies like Google, TELSTRA, Santos and many other prominent IT companies in Australia.

In Australia, 39% of employers plan to increase full-time staff in information technology, according to a recent edition of The Hudson Report.

The MISM degree requires you to demonstrate proficiency in technology management, IT Strategy, and fundamental business skills.

MISM Degree Requirements

  • 180 units of coursework which is the equivalent of 15 semester-length courses are to be completed in three semesters.
  • A team-based project course in your area of interest with an external client.
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0.
  • A summer internship is required for students in the 16-month and 21-month tracks.

MISM Course Requirements

The required courses are designed to build core competencies in integrating technology management with business expertise with courses ranging from Economic for IT to Object Oriented Programming in Java. As a student in the MISM program, you also have the flexibility to choose from a range of challenging elective courses designed to help you excel in an increasingly digital world.

Students in the one-year,16-month and 21-month track complete the same course requirements as described below.

Course requirements include:

5 course equivalent in Technology and Technology Management:

  • Distributed Systems
  • Database Management
  • Telecommunications Management
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Digital Transformation

4 course equivalent in Organizational Management and Strategy:

  • Organizational Design and Implementation
  • Economic Analysis
  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Statistics for IT Managers
  • Strategic Writing Skills
  • Professional Speaking

2 course equivalent in a Project Course:

  • Information Systems Project

4 course equivalent:

Course Exemptions

If you have a strong background in any of the required courses, you can receive an exemption by passing the exemption exam. If a course does not offer an exemption exam, you will need permission of the instructor. Exempting a course doesn't reduce the required number of courses you must complete. However, you can add more elective courses to expand your knowledge base.

Technology Requirements

You'll also need a laptop during your enrollment period. Have your own or need to purchase one? Please read our technology requirements first.