FAQs                             
facebook twitter linked
                    

FAQs

                    

When was the MSIT eBusiness Technology program established?
The MSIT eBusiness program was established at Carnegie Mellon’s West Coast Campus in 2002. A full time class was established at the Pittsburgh campus in 2004.

How does the MSIT eBusiness program work?
There are few traditional classes in this program. There are tasks or projects that equate to classes. Instead of separate courses, the entire program consists of an integrated series of projects designed to help students acquire and practice the essential skills and knowledge that they will use in real world situations. There is very little lecturing for each task and students are divided in to teams to accomplish each task. Each project is set up to simulate working on a project for a fictional company.

One should think of the degree program as work or a job that you have been hired to do. Like any job, it’s best to establish regular hours in order for the team to be productive.

Is a laptop required?
Students are required to have a laptop computer when they begin the program. All of the tasks will require use of a laptop during meetings within the individual teams, meetings with faculty and during final presentations. Mobility is also an important part of the program as each team will most likely meet in different parts of the campus.

If an applicant has no experience in programming and has a business background would you recommend the MSIT eBusiness program?
The MSIT eBusiness program is moderately technical. However, there is a fair amount of writing, project management, and team-building skills which are not normally presented in a traditional technical degree. Students who have a business background are a good compliment to those who have a pure technical background and do not have as much business writing or project management experience.

What is the preferred laptop configuration for Fall 2016?

NOTEBOOK CONFIGURATION

PC (Windows 7 or later)
https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.264954100

Mac (OS X Yosemite or later)
http://www.apple.com/mac/compare/

Additionally
250Gb Hard Drive or greater
802.11b/g/n wireless card
DVD-ROM drive

It is generally a good idea to double the ram and processor requirements of the OS as this will give you a more enjoyable experience. It is also always a good idea to try out a few different configurations in a store to see what best meets your needs.

SOFTWARE
Microsoft Office 2011 or later (may be purchased at Carnegie Mellon computer store with valid student ID*)
Java 8 (download from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html)
Symantec Endpoint (download from MyAndrew, accessible once you have your Carnegie Mellon Andrew account)

*All software to be purchased through Carnegie Mellon is at the Academic Pricing
* Please note that if you have a Mac laptop, there are some projects that have software that require windows. There are ways to get around it, but it is up to the student to take care of the problem

What is the class size per year?

Academic YearNumber of Students
2002-20036 Fulltime Students, West Coast
4 Part Time Students, West Coast
2003-20044 Part Time Students, West Coast
2004-200530 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
6 Fulltime Students, West Coast
4 Part Time Students, West Coast
2005-200627 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2 Part Time Students, Pittsburgh
5 Part Time Students, West Coast
2006-200731 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2 Part Time Students, Pittsburgh
2007-200828 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
1 Part Time Student, Pittsburgh
2008-200938 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2009-201024 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2010-201147 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2011-201250 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2012-201367 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2013-201465 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2014-201578 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2015-201677 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh
2016-201756 Fulltime Students, Pittsburgh


How programming intensive is this program?

There will be a fair amount of programming involved with the MSIT eBusiness program. However, people who have no programming experience should not be discouraged from applying. The goal of the program is not to train you to become a software engineer; it is more to provide you with a deeper understanding of technology and how it can be applied to a business. Primarily coding of Java is the working mechanism of each subject. How much of coding is in the coursework? The degree is based almost completely on team projects. These are designed to be completely realistic, similar to real work assignments on a job for an employer. Many, but not all, of the projects require coding. However, the work is done in teams, and the teams usually have one or two expert coders and one or two novices.

What are the backgrounds of the people in the MSIT program?

Enrollment in the MSIT program consists of individuals with both technical and business backgrounds, including engineering, computer science, business and law. Some individuals have just graduated from their undergraduate program and others have years of experience.

What are the employment statistics, salary information and profile of your past graduates?

A sampling of the positions accepted by alumni include, but are not limited to, IT Consultant, Systems Engineer, DB Engineer, Business Analyst, Application Engineer, and Software Engineer. The salary for the positions accepted by the alumni range from $75,000- $120,000 per year. This figure does not include benefit packages offered by a company. Employment Statistics.

Is it possible to take courses offered by other schools on campus while attending the MSIT eBusiness Technology program?

There is an opportunity for students to take an elective outside of the program during the spring and summer semesters. Also, students may take additional courses during other semesters (an overload) as long as the time spent on them does not interfere with team responsibilities and the director approves the courses in advance.

Where will the classes/tasks be located during the program?

The location of the classes/tasks will be held on campus or in a Carnegie Mellon facility near campus.

The students will be working with program faculty. What qualifications do they have?

The program faculty that you will be interacting with are subject matter experts in their area. All of them have advanced degrees and/or work in the industry related to the project that you will be working on. Both their academic achievements as well as their years of industry experience have made them well-qualified to answer questions.