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: 24 units of software development supervised by their advisor (equivalent to 2 courses); a one-semester internship (which can be waived for students that have sufficient prior professional experience); and a 42 unit capstone project done with classmates. This combination of working closely with CMU faculty, professional experience, and group-oriented work with peers helps IIS students to broaden their skills quickly.

A typical MIIS student completes the program in four semesters (fall, spring, summer internship, fall). The program can be completed in three semesters (fall, spring, summer) if an internship is not required.

For more information, see the MIIS Handbook. You can also see our list of frequently asked questions.