Master of Science in Product Management

Applications are now open for the next class of MSPM students. Applications are due July 1 for international applicants, and Aug. 15 for domestic applicants.

What happens when the nation's best computer science program joins forces with a business school on the cutting-edge of innovation and management education to offer a master's degree in product management? We offer a degree you won't find anywhere else. And you change your career trajectory.

A joint program of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business, the Master of Science in Product Management (MSPM) turns computer scientists and engineers into product managers — the specialists in technical organizations who ensure that the company delivers the right product to the right people at the right time in the right format. The 12-month master's program provides a deep dive into both the technical skills and business acumen you need to be successful in this high-demand area. Add an internship and capstone project for practical experience, and you have all the right tools to head back to industry, reinvented. Plus, with Carnegie Mellon behind you, you know you'll have the skills and support you need to succeed.

What is Product Management?

Product managers are often called the "CEO of their product." While that's not too hard to wrap your brain around, another way to think of them is the people at a tech company who guide the product all the way from inception to completion — including everything from understanding and reconciling engineering tradeoffs to maintaining a firm grasp on how customers will use the product and make decisions about its purchase. The product manager defines a plan for a product that contains key choices and constraints, and sells that plan throughout their organization.

Because their roles involve both technical knowhow and marketing savvy, good product managers must exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, business acumen AND technical knowledge. While the field is growing, good product managers are hard to find — and they're in incredible demand.

Carnegie Mellon's MSPM degree builds on the university's global leadership in computer science and business to train these hard-to-find gems of the tech world.

Who We're Looking For

If you're interested in joining the MSPM program, we expect our applicants to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or software engineering.
  • Sufficient programming and computer science skills to pass graduate-level CS classes in CMU's School of Computer Science.
  • At least one year of work experience in industry.
  • Strong social, written and spoken communications skills.
  • A desire to work hard in an intense environment for one calendar year.
  • The ability to relocate to Pittsburgh for one calendar year and focus exclusively on the MSPM program.

If you see yourself in these characteristics and you're interested in changing the trajectory of your career, we'd love to have you in our program. Our second cohort of students arrives on campus in January 2019. Apply here now.

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