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IMPACT POWERED BY SECURITY


Think Cyber Is Only For Techies? Think Again.

A SAFER WORLD STARTS WITH YOU


Master of Science in Information security Policy & Management (MSISPM)

Preventing electronic intrusion of the nation’s most critical IT networks. De-incentivizing piracy of online music and movies. Empowering private citizens to safeguard their information and protect their online identitites. These are the problems of our age. And these are the problems that students in Heinz College’s Master of Science in Information Security Policy & Management (MSISPM) program study and solve.

Carnegie Mellon University has long been a national asset in cybersecurity. The field is growing at an unprecedented rate and needs talented leaders—our graduates' starting salaries are a proof of that. Many organizations now have a Chief Information Security Officer, a role which will continue to gain in influence for years to come. With our blend of technology and management skills, Heinz College graduates are perfectly positioned to take advantage of this dramatic shift.

Taught by Heinz College faculty as well as leading practitioners from the CERT Division of CMU's internationally renowned Software Engineering Institute, our MSISPM brings students into contact with world-class thought leaders and hands-on experiences that simply cannot be replicated by any other degree program.

Heinz College is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Some of the world’s greatest challenges, that our faculty and students are working to solve:

  • Securing critical financial data with blockchain
  • Defending children from online predators
  • Disrupting money laundering that supports terrorism
  • Preventing piracy of movies and music
  • Safeguarding critical infrastructure, from power grids and water supplies to voter rolls
  • Protecting the privacy of citizens, and incentivizing them to think before they click

Leading Practitioners

MSISPM Students Work With Faculty and Practitioners from the CERT Division of CMU's Software Engineering Institute

WORK WITH SEI AND CERT

#1 Ranked

Heinz College Is #1 in Cybersecurity and Analytics, And Has Been #1 In Information And Technology Management Since 2001

Rankings

Top Program For Military Students

MSISPM Is Proud To Offer Scholarship For Service And Other Benefits For Active Service Members And Veterans

Scholarships

Leader in Innovation

Carnegie Mellon University Is The Birthplace Of Autonomous Cars, AI, And Technologies That Are Transforming Society

Innovation at CMU

Our Story: Niall and Kaylee


Niall (MSISPM '17) and Kaylee White are originally from Utah, and they both came to Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school. Learn why the MSISPM program was the right fit for Niall.

 
ABOUT SEI

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to improve software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership.

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ABOUT CERT

The CERT Division of SEI is a national asset in the field of cybersecurity, the world’s leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks.

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MSISPM Dual Degrees

Explore dual degree partnerships

Explore our dual degree partnership with University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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Accelerated Master's Programs

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

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

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