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One and Done

Experienced Professionals Can Get Our World-Renowned Degree in Just One Year

MISM: 12-Month

By leveraging your experience and a challenging, fast-paced curriculum, you can minimize your time away from the workforce, returning as technology leader with in-demand skills.

If you have three years of relevant professional experience or more, the MISM: 12-Month pathway provides the same degree in information systems and evidence-based management as our flagship MISM: 16-Month, but in an accelerated format. Students complete the 12-Month pathway full-time from August to August.

Heinz College's MISM will spark your career and give you a distinct competitive advantage in the technology job market. MISM challenges you with a comprehensive curriculum in technology design and implementation, business strategy, professional communication, and management that will prepare you to have an immediate impact on an organization.

Classroom learning is augmented with opportunities to work with industry clients on real-world problems via required Capstone Projects and other elective project-based courses. Due to the experience level of 12-Month candidates, an internship is not required.

As a MISM graduate, you will find yourself equipped to solve technology and business problems for firms of all sizes and across all sectors—MISM: 12-Month graduates are employed by some of the most innovative and influential companies in the world.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Duration: 1 year / 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer)

My Story: Ahmad

Ahmad Salah Ud Din is from Lahore, Pakistan. He talks about his experiences in the MISM program and the boost it gave his career. And he treats us to a song.


For detailed curriculum information, please visit the MISM Student Handbook.


Below is one possible schedule for MISM: 12-Month. Actual schedules will vary depending on pathway, concentrations, and electives.

Class titles in bold are core courses. Heinz College offers a mix of full-semester (14 weeks) and half-semester courses (7 weeks) for core and elective courses.

  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty*
  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java
  • Database Management
  • Organizational Design and Implementation*
  • Statistics for IT Managers*
  • Economic Analysis*
  • Writing for Information Systems Management*

  • Cloud Security*
  • Consulting Lab*
  • Distributed Systems for Information Systems Management
  • Digital Transformation*
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies*
  • Accounting and Finance Analytics*
  • Professional Speaking*
  • Information Systems Capstone Project
  • Agile Methods*
  • Measuring Social
  • Advanced Business Analytics*
  • Linux & Open Source*
  • IT Project Management*

*Half-semester courses

MISM Pathways

Compare all four MISM options at a glance

The MISM program is offered in four distinct modalities—16-Month, Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA), BIDA 12-Month, and MISM 12-Month. Compare all four and choose the path to power your goals.