MISM BIDA Admission Requirements


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.

Admission Requirements Specific to the MISM Program's BIDA Track

All students admitted to the MISM program are required to have completed at least one college-level course in object-oriented computer programming (with a grade of B or better) prior to their first semester at Heinz. The BIDA track also requires students to have completed a college-level course in both statistics and database prior to matriculation. In addition, it is strongly recommended that BIDA students complete a linear algebra course prior to beginning their MISM-BIDA coursework.  

Students accepted into this concentration are required to complete the BIDA Core courses in addition to the MISM Core courses. Review a MISM-BIDA sample schedule for additional details.

Students who have success in the MISM 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. Over 70% of our admitted students in the BIDA concentration have relevant work experience and all have a passion for the application of technology in business.

In addition to the BIDA concentration, the MISM program offers a more general version of the MISM curriculum in several formats.

  • MISM 16-month track (mid-August through the following December) is for applicants who will have less than three years of professional work experience at the start of the program and are looking for a broader curriculum in Information Systems and Management than is provided by the BIDA concentration. MISM 16-month track students complete a professional, semester-long internship between semesters 2 and 3.

  • MISM 12-month track (May to May) is for students with three or more years professional work experience prior to the start of the program.  The one-year track is designed to position you for a fast-track career as a business technologist.

  • Global MISM (21-months) offers a 4-semester program for students who want a global perspective infused in their MISM experience. Global MISM offers students the chance to spend their first two semesters of study at Heinz’s Australia campus, complete a professional, semester-long internship (in Australia or the student’s home country), and study for their final two semesters at our Pittsburgh campus.

For more information on our student body, including demographics and test scores, view the class profile.

Before applying, please read our Application Requirements. Application requirements are the same for all tracks of MISM.