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About the joint CMU-UC Masters Programs


The University of Coimbra and the Carnegie Mellon University offer jointly two advanced programs in Software Engineering: the Professional Program in Software Engineering (MSE) and the Master of Science and Information Technology – Software Engineering (MSIT-SE). These are advanced programs explicitly designed to educate the future leaders of industrial software engineering practice, training graduates for effectively managing teams, projects and processes, as well as large scale software development. The goal of the programs is to develop future leaders of industrial software engineering practice - the future chief engineers, head designers, principal technical officers of their companies.

The MSE (Master of Software Engineering) is aimed at experienced professionals being offered as a dual program. Graduates receive a Professional Masters from Carnegie Mellon and a Master of Science from the University of Coimbra. This program is run as a distributed version of the original Professional Master of Software Engineering. Students spend one semester at CMU and three semesters at the University of Coimbra, contacting with a rich environment which allows them to master the area of software engineering. On the CMU side the units involved are the School of Computer Science (SCS), Institute for Software Research International (ISRI) and the Software Engineering Institute 

 The MSIT-SE (Master of Science in Information Technology – Software Engineering) is a shorter program (one year) being aimed at younger software professionals. MSIT-SE candidates are not expected to have the same level of professional experience as the candidates of the MSE but have already shown a strong leadership potential. The MSIT-SE follows a structure similar to the MSE Program, differing mainly in the scope and organization of the project activity.

Graduates of these joint CMU-UC MSE programs will not only understand and be able to apply the best of current practice, but will also be able to act as agents of change to improve that practice as the field evolves.


Fully-funded scholarships available for the MSE Program.

Click here for a short presentation of the MSE Program.



"The opening of this Master Degree is one of the most significant steps in the modern activity of Portuguese Universities"



Prof. Mariano Gago

Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Official Launch of the MSE Program, September 2007