Our Ph.D. program focuses on developing the next generation of scientific and entrepreneurial leaders. The first two years of the Ph.D. degree are similar to our MLT program. After the second year, you will spend most of your time working closely with your faculty advisor on research that advances the state-of-the-art in computer science. Ph.D. students are expected to publish papers about original research in the most competitive scientific journals and international conference proceedings, and to present their research at conferences and workshops. Most of our Ph.D. graduates become professors and research scientists, while a few have started their own companies.
The Language Technologies Institute has partnered with the Instituto Superior Técnico at the Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa to offer a dual PhD degree in Language and Information Technologies, focusing primarily on machine translation, speech processing, and information retrieval.
The MLT degree focuses on preparing students for a research career in academia or industry. In this program, you’ll be immersed in research for two full years. During the academic year, your time will be evenly split between taking courses and doing research with your faculty advisor. Your summer will be devoted entirely to research. Many MLT grads continue on to Ph.D. programs at CMU and other top institutions, while others pursue careers at companies emphasizing research and rapid innovation.
The MSBIC degree focuses on innovation in biotech, pharmaceuticals or healthcare. MSBIC students plan, design, build and deliver innovative solutions for these industries. You’ll work with professors and industry advisors to evaluate emerging trends, technologies and opportunities while developing the technical and scientific skills you’ll need to be successful in your career. You won’t just learn — you’ll make industry connections and develop practical experience with an emphasis on creating innovative solutions to real problems.
The MIIS degree focuses on recognizing and extracting meaning from text, spoken language and video. As an MIIS student, you’ll receive the department’s deepest exposure to content analysis and machine learning. In addition to completing the program’s coursework, you’ll work on directed study projects with your faculty advisor for two semesters; participate in a summer internship; and collaborate with your peers on a semester-long, group-oriented capstone project. This combination of classroom instruction, professional experience, and using new skills in significant projects with world-class colleagues will help prepare you for a successful career in industry or government.
The MCDS degree focuses on engineering and deploying large-scale information systems. Our comprehensive curriculum equips you with the skills and knowledge to develop the layers of technology involved in the next generation of massive information system deployments and analyze the data these systems generate. When you graduate, you’ll have a unified vision of these systems from your core courses; internship experience; and semester-long, group-oriented capstone project. MCDS graduates are sought-after software engineers, data scientists and project managers at leading information technology, software services and social media companies.
The Language Technologies Minor allows CMU undergraduate students to learn about language technologies through a directed project.
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