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A Joint Degree Program with Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts


Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM)

Year One in Pittsburgh. Year Two in Los Angeles.

The next generation of entertainment producers, creators, and leaders will use cutting-edge technologies and data analytics—rather than gut feeling—to make smarter decisions. Heinz College prepares you for this playing field through hands-on experiences, highly desirable skills, and priceless relationships with the dual-city Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program.

Combining the renowned creative power of CMU’s College of Fine Arts with the management and quantitative expertise of Heinz College, MEIM readies you to have an impact on development, marketing, production, distribution, and strategy at all levels across a global entertainment marketplace.

As a MEIM student, you will spend your first year taking core technology, analytical, and leadership classes at CMU’s main campus in Pittsburgh and gaining exposure to the industry, including a networking weekend in New York City. You’ll then spend your entire second year in Los Angeles, completing your studies while gaining access and experience working a full-time internship in the film, TV, gaming, or music industries.

Across the two-year program, students have many invaluable opportunities for experiential learning, such as exclusive on-site class seminars with leading industry executives, Capstone Projects working with major entertainment clients, and cohort trips to film festivals, including SXSW and Cannes.

Our faculty and students work on some of the industry’s most exciting problems:

  • Examining the future of regional sport networks
  • Influencing what gets made in the age of digital, streaming and big data
  • Pioneering the next wave of VR and AR entertainment
  • Protecting the privacy of consumers and the intellectual property of creators
  • Innovating digital expansion of the film festival model
  • Engaging the next-generation audience for the legacy music artist
  • Mapping how the Internet of Things influences media usage
  • Building dynamic pricing options to increase revenue
  • Revolutionizing how international co-productions come together
  • Measuring social media’s impact on the box office
  • Predicting the future of global content licensing
  • Providing for authentic representation in gaming
  • Nikita Kannekanti MEIM alumna
  • image of Heinz alumna Lakshmi Iyengar at Sony
  • Ari Lightman Measuring Social class
  • image ofHeinz alumna Larissa Bell working at Showtime
  • image of poster of Body at Brighton Rock feature film

Stories of Impact

Read our articles and stories about Heinz College's impact in creative industries

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#1 Analytics Program

Learn How Data is Disrupting the Entertainment Industry at the Top Analytics Program in the World


Learn from Experts in Los Angeles

After an Impactful First Year Core in Pittsburgh, Spend Your Second Year in L.A. Learning From Industry Professionals


Film Festivals

Attend SXSW and Cannes, Among Many Other Exciting and Exclusive Industry Experiences

Experiential Learning

More Than Just a Foot in the Door

80 Percent of MEIM Graduates Find Full-Time Employment in the Entertainment Industry Within 3 Months of Graduation


My Story: Sammie

For Sammie Paul, the "fantastic teachers who work in the industry, who honestly teach you things that no one else gets taught" set the MEIM program apart.

MEIM: Laying the Groundwork in Year One

Elise Riveron and Jonny Paterson talk about their experiences in Pittsburgh in year one, gaining the skills they'd need to excel in the industry.

MEIM: Packing Up for Year Two

Students share the hope, excitement, promise—and logistics—of the move from Pittsburgh to L.A. for the MEIM program's second year.

  • Paula Wagner
  • Michele Smith
  • Jonathan Baker
  • Lakshmi Iyengar

Trail-Blazing Faculty

Our faculty are innovators in technology and data and how they are changing the entertainment business.

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Accelerated Master's Programs

Earn your bachelor's and MEIM in five years instead of six

Students in undergraduate programs at Carnegie Mellon University and Allegheny College can earn their bachelor’s and MEIM degrees together in five years instead of six.

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California Regulations

California Private Postsecondary Education Act: the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) came into existence on January 1, 2010, following passage of Assembly Bill 48, known as the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8).

This information is specific to Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program.