Carnegie Mellon University, Information Networking Institute

Carnegie Mellon ( is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 14,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.


Information Networking Institute

The Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) educates and develops engineers through technical, interdisciplinary master’s degree programs in information networking, security and mobile and IoT engineering that incorporate business and policy perspectives.

 With extraordinary agility, the INI has navigated the changing landscape of technology from wired communications in the 1980s to wireless, mobile and Internet of Things in today’s world. We were established in 1989 in response to a demand from industry for professionals skilled in both computing and communications. Looking at first principles in each of those domains, we designed a program that would prepare students for the world we saw coming in which distributed computing and communications would be indistinguishable.

What began as a small fledgling program has evolved over the past three decades to become an integral part of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and home to over 300 students each year from across the world. Our students are provided with a distinctly interdisciplinary learning experience: an advanced, specialized curriculum in information networking and computer systems, complemented by coursework in business, management, and policy.

An unparalleled student experience is what sets the INI apart from other graduate programs. We cultivate an inclusive culture that is welcoming, supportive, and inspiring for our students, faculty, staff and alumni across all program locations: Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and Kobe, Japan. Our alumni go on to serve high-powered companies, tech start-ups and government agencies, always returning to their home away from home at the INI to recruit, mentor and inspire current students to follow their path to success.