video retrieval
spoken dialog systems
text analytics
speech recognition
natural language understanding
intelligent information systems
information retrieval
machine learning
search engines
sentiment analysis
speech synthesis
machine translation
text mining
multimedia information retrieval
speech to speech translation
social media analysis
text driven forecasting


The Master of Science in Intelligent Information Systems (MIIS) degree provides advanced study and practical experience in areas of Computer Science focused on the processing and analysis of unstructured and semi-structured information, for example, text, image, video, speech, and audio information. It is a practice-oriented professional degree designed for students who want to rapidly master advanced content-analysis, mining, and intelligent information technologies prior to beginning or resuming leadership careers in industry and government.

Just over half of the curriculum consists of graduate courses. The remainder provides direct, hands-on, project-oriented experience working closely with CMU faculty to build systems and solve problems using state-of-the-art algorithms, techniques, tools, and datasets.

The Intelligent Information Systems degree offers students the flexibility to create their own course of study in consultation with their advisor. Students must take at least 84 units (typically 7 courses) of qualifying and elective courses that satisfy human language, machine learning, and language technology applications breadth requirements.

MIIS students gain three types of practical experience: software development supervised by their advisor (24 units equivalent to two courses); a summer internship (which can be waived for students that have sufficient prior professional experience); and a capstone project executed in a group of peers (42 units equivalent to three 12-unit courses and one 6-unit course). This combination is proven to help IIS students to broaden their skills quickly.

Starting 2019 the MIIS degree is offered in two options:

           Option 1. Standard MIIS degree (MIIS-16) - A 16-month track that is completed in three academic semesters (fall, spring, fall) and a summer internship.

NEW!  Option 2. MIIS: Advanced Study degree (MIIS-21) - A 21-month track that is completed in four academic semesters (fall, spring, fall, spring) and a summer internship.

MIIS: Advanced Study track offers indepth degree in one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Human Language for Language Technologies
  • Language Technology Application
  • Machine Learning for Language Technologies

Unlike standard track (MIIS-16) that requires at least 150 units to complete the degree, MIIS-21 has the following requirements:

  • At least 174 units must be taken over the period of four semesters.
  • A minimum of three LTI courses must be taken from one of the area of concentration.
  • Qualifying course requirements: 96 units.
  • Practice requirements, such as Capstone Project, Directed Study and Summer Internship, remain the same as MIIS-16.
  • Bredth requirements remain the same as MIIS-16.

MIIS Program Requirements Comparison_MIIS-16 vs. MIIS-21

Requirements MIIS-16 MIIS-21
Number of Total Units Required 150 174
Curricular requirements    
Qualifying courses (for 12 units) 6 courses 8 courses
# of units 72 96
Free Elective (1 course) 12 12
Practice Requirements    
Directed Study (2 courses) 24 24
Capstone Project 36 36
Capstone Preparation 6 6

Students admitted for Fall 2019 should indicate the track of their choice by April 12, 2019.

That choice cannot be changed before the beginning of the first semester of the program. However, with advisor's approval, the track can be switched once the classes begin.

It is highly recommended that the students stick to their initial decision. Changing tracks more than once may have a negative impact on international student's visa status.

US citizens, virtually, have no restrictions on track changes as long as it is done for a ligitimate reason.

To confirm legitimacy of the reason to switch tracks all students must seek their advisor's approval.

For more information on the new track see our list of frequently asked questions.