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Details on the MISM and MISM-BIDA Slow Start Option


We introduced the Slow Start option to everyone on a July 1 st Webinar. Now we are providing more clarity on that option.

  1. Who is the Slow Start option for?
    The Slow Start option is available only for admitted 2020 MISM and MISM-BIDA 12-month and 16-month students that are not in the USA and unable to arrive in the USA for fall classes. If you are in the USA, this option is not available to you and does not comply with F1 requirements.
     
  2. Why is the Slow Start option not available for other programs?
    The MISM and MISM-BIDA degrees programs are 3 semesters in duration. It is this 3 semester structure that allows us the flexibility to offer the slow start option.

    The four-semester requirement of our other programs do not allow for the flexibility to offer a slow-start. The course sequencing and a heavier overall unit requirement preclude them from this option.
     
  3. What is the Slow Start Option?
    Heinz College is allowing admitted students to begin their studies remotely by taking a few courses that count fully towards your degree requirements. You then need to arrive at the Pittsburgh, PA, USA, campus by the start of the spring term (January 11th, 2021) for your first full semester of classes. The tuition you pay for the slow start classes for Fall 2020 will be credited to your account as a scholarship during the remaining three semesters of study. Basically, the fall classes are a ‘perk’ that you are receiving only because of current circumstances.
     
  4. How many classes can I take under this option?
    We are allowing students to take up to two full semester classes (24 units in total), and, no less then one full semester class (12 units in total). Two half-semester classes, which we call a ‘mini’, are the equivalent of one full semester class.
     
  5. Which classes must I take for the Slow Start?
    You must either take or exempt from our 95-703 Database Management (12 units) as a full semester class. This class is a hallmark of the MISM program and is taught by an award-winning instructor in a convenient time zone for Asia. We are having you take this course to best position you for the spring semester and internship search.

    For BIDA 12 & 16 students only:
    In addition to taking Database Management (12 units), you must take or exempt from 95-888 Data Focused Python (6 units), which is a mini class offered in the 2nd half of the fall semester. This class is a prerequisite for many of your downstream analytics classes and will position you well in that regard.
     
  6. What other CMU classes can I take?
    We recommend you take classes in the MISM core for your 2nd course. We suggest taking these core classes while remote to free up your schedule to take more electives for when you are on campus. Classes like Java, Econ, Accounting, Finance, and Organizational Design & Implementation fall into that core category. You are, however, able to take any relevant masters level course at CMU – including courses at Heinz College, Tepper School of Business, and CMU’s School of Computer Science. There must be virtual seats available and you must have the necessary background as stated on the syllabus. There will be a ton of options that fall into this category and we can give you guidance as necessary.

    Please check back this section for updates to this list:
    94700 – Organizational Design & Implementation (6 units)
    95715 – Financial Accounting (6 units)
    95716 – Principles of Finance (6 units)
    95710 – Economic Analysis (6 units)
    95888 – Data Focused Python (6 units)
    Analytic Electives – TBD.

     
  7. What is the cost of these classes?
    We are charging $6,000 USD for each full semester class and $3,000 for each mini. Again, this dollar amount will be reduced from your future three semesters on campus.
     
  8. Will these classes be graded and show up on my transcript?
    YES. They will be included in all of your GPA calculations.
     
  9. When will I graduate? When is my internship? What if I am a 12-month student?
    Assuming you can arrive in January 2021 to campus, the graduation date for MISM 16 and MISM BIDA 16 is as follows:
    Fall 2020- Slow Start of up to two and no less than one full semester classes
    Spring 2021- Full time student on Pittsburgh campus
    Summer 2021- Required Internship
    Fall 2021- 2nd full time semester
    Spring 2022- 3rd and Final full time semester
    Graduation- May 2022

    For 12 month students only:
    We are allowing anyone admitted into the MISM or MISM BIDA 12 programs to either switch to the 16 month program with a required internship or remain in the 12 month program. If you select the 16 month option, see the table above for your program delivery. If you choose to stay in the 12 month program, you have two options for graduation:
    Fall 2020- Slow Start of up to two and no less than one full semester classes
    Spring 2021- Full time student on Pittsburgh campus
    Summer 2021- 2nd full time semester
    Fall 2021- 3rd and Final full time semester
    Graduation- December 2021

    Or,

    Fall 2020- Slow Start of up to two and no less than one full semester classes
    Spring 2021- Full time student on Pittsburgh campus
    Summer 2021- Self-Improvement/Research/Relaxation. No internship
    Fall 2021- 2nd full time semester
    Spring 2022- 3rd and Final full time semester
    Graduation- May 2022