Dean's Welcome

The unique pairing of our two schools, the School of Public Policy and Management and the School of Information Systems and Management, offers an academic experience unlike any other.

It prepares students with a unique ability to conduct careful and objective analysis of relevant data, to understand and leverage the power of information technology, and to lead and implement change in managerial and policy contexts. In key areas of the global economy, thought leaders with a unique set of skills at the intersection of policy, technology and management are in great demand. Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College is perfectly positioned to develop these leaders.

When Heinz College was first founded more than four decades ago, Dean William Cooper had a vision of educating "men and women for intelligent action,” and this is still our primary objective. Building on this vision, Heinz College adheres to four basic principles:

Real-World Problem Solving. All of Heinz College’s full-time master’s programs require students to complete a capstone project, solving real issues for real clients. In addition to testing academic skills, these projects also provide practical leadership and communication experience.

Innovation. Heinz College students and faculty innovate in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors using a number of mechanisms -- scholarship and fundamental research, technology development and analytics, and social entrepreneurship, to name a few.

Diversity. The Heinz College community is diverse in its demographic and geographic composition, as well as in the broad range of disciplines and interests we bring together. We are unique in having programs and students with interests in the private, the public and the non-profit sectors. Exposing our graduates to this variety enhances their performance in diverse organizations and marketplaces.

Compassionate Leaders. Heinz College has a strong commitment to serving the public good. Irrespective of the sector or job our students choose, they engender positive change in their communities. Their innovations often are manifested in projects that provide early warning of disease outbreaks; help make public transportation more efficient and easier on the environment; and redevelop urban neighborhoods with green jobs.

We are excited that you are considering Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


Ramayya Krishnan
Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems
Carnegie Mellon University