Carnegie Mellon University

MSIT in Privacy Engineering

The world's first and foremost masters degree program dedicated entirely to Privacy Engineering.

Privacy is not dead. But, our current state of privacy is far from ideal. Data breaches are revealing a shocking amount of data is being collected on all of us. Privacy policies are flimsy, obscure, or unreadable. IoT devices are gathering information about us without anyone noticing.  These trends are impacting the bottom line: users are losing trust in the services they use daily and regulators are doling out billions of dollars in fines.

At Carnegie Mellon we’ve spent decades at the forefront of privacy research and our Privacy Engineering masters program is the first and only program dedicated to training software engineers to develop products and services which respect user privacy.  Classroom instruction, student research projects, internships, and capstone projects done in partnership with industry give our students the skill set needed to identify and resolve privacy challenges in modern software systems.  The skills are in high demand and our graduates earn handsome salaries at the biggest technology companies in the world.

"The Privacy Engineering program will equip you, as it has me, to grapple with the ever-changing legal landscape in privacy while at the same time arming you with a tool-kit of deep privacy engineering fundamentals. You are ready to start making a difference from day-one.

If you are at all interested in a technical career in information privacy, this is the program for you."

- Adam Durity (MSIT-PE '14), Google Security & Privacy

The first. The best.

Offered jointly with Carnegie Mellon’s world-renowned School of Computer Science and College of Engineering, our first-of-its kind Master of Science in Information Technology – Privacy Engineering (MSIT-PE) degree is designed specifically for computer scientists and engineers who want to make an meaningful impact as privacy engineers or technical privacy managers.  Students who elect to take a summer internship typically finish the program in 16 months, and those who do not take an internship may finish in 12.  All students finish their degree with a Capstone project in which they solve real-world privacy challenges for an outside sponsor.  Past sponsors include Facebook, Netflix, Microsoft, and other major names in the technology sector.

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