MSIT Distance Track

From nearly anywhere in the world, our distance learning program makes it possible for you to earn a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon, ranked #1 in Information Technology & Management by US News & World Report since 2005. The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program has been successfully delivered in distance format since 2001 and was recently recognized as the Best Online Master’s in IT degree. With our asynchronous, anytime/anywhere delivery model, you don’t need to leave your current job or relocate to our Pittsburgh campus for your graduate studies. You can pursue any of the following MSIT degrees on a part-time, online basis:

Each degree is comprised of 144 units of coursework or the equivalent of 12 semester-long courses. You'll take 60 units of core courses specific to that degree and 84 units of electives. Electives can be any course in the distance track course catalog, as well as up to 12 units of independent study and up to 24 units of transfer credit from previously earned graduate credit.

We offer a rigorous curriculum and provide video-captured lectures from our campus classes so that you're guaranteed access to the same world-class faculty and up-to-date content offered to our campus students. You'll also interact directly with our renowned faculty, adjunct instructors, teaching assistants and staff throughout the program and receive the same exact degree as our on campus students.

Characteristics of our distance program include:

  • Multimedia Video Lectures– Campus lectures are packaged on multimedia DVDs or streamed online for on-demand viewing; while you do not have to view lectures at a specific time, there may be other live components to enhance your class experience, such as web conferences for guest speakers or student presentations.
  • State-of-the-art Learning Management System– Blackboard creates a virtual classroom experience, as well as provides central access to all of your courses' Web sites.
  • Program Integrity– The intensity and rigor of the program is the same as being on campus. Admissions and academic requirements are the same for both campus and distance. Expect to do the same kinds of assessments as on campus courses, including individual and group assignments, case study analyses, projects, and exams (usually online but some exams may require a proctor near you.)
  • Faculty-Student Interaction– Communicate directly with your instructor and fellow students through threaded discussions, live chats, e-mail, phone and web conferences.
  • No Campus Residency Required – but we do encourage you to visit our Pittsburgh campus whenever you can, especially for events like Homecoming, Spring Carnival, MSIT’s own annual SUMMER CAMPus in June, and of course, Commencement.
  • Online Services– Our online admission and student systems make it convenient for you to apply online, register for courses, view/update student information, access invoices, and use library and computing resources.