Incoming Students

Welcome and congratulations on your admittance to the MSIT eBusiness program!

This page is for the class entering in August 2017. We will post important dates and information here, so please check back regularly. If there is something that you need to know that is not listed here, please contact Amber Vivis.

Things Every Incoming Student Needs To Know

Important Dates

August 14-16, 2017 - Graduate Student Orientation (important for international students to attend).

August 21-24, 2017 - MSIT eBusiness program Orientation (Attendance required for all incoming students) *schedule will be posted at a later date.

August 25, 2017 - MSIT eBusiness Practicum Competition (Attendance required for all incoming students).

August 28, 2017 - Fall Semester Begins.

August 30, 2017 - MSIT eBusiness Welcome Dinner - you will receive an online invitation in late July.



The best resources for finding housing as a new Pittsburgher - community resources, apartment listings and roommate search can be found on the housing section of Carnegie Mellon's website.


Andrew ID/Email Account

Your Andrew ID (or User ID) gives you access to the online class registration system, and the university's computing services such as computing clusters, email and web publishing. Your Andrew ID is the basis for your email address, which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that your Andrew ID is assigned by the Carnegie Mellon computing services and CAN NOT be changed, unless there is a spelling error. You should have received an email from the university with directions on how to set up your new Andrew ID. If you haven't, please contact Amber Vivis.


Information for International Students

If you are not a U.S. Citizen you will receive the I-20 Form, which will allow you to obtain the F-1 student visa. However, the I-20 can not be issued until The Office of International Education receives a completed International Student Information Form from you, which you have already received via email.


For advice on how to best improve academic English before beginning the MSIT eBusiness Technology program, the Intercultural Communication Center has developed a webpage to share some useful materials and techniques.


Registering for Courses

You will be automatically registered for the Fall Semester before you arrive to campus for all of the required MSIT eBusiness program courses and the required Java courses.


Required Laptop

Students are required to have a laptop computer when they begin the program. All of the tasks will require use of a laptop during meetings within the individual teams, meetings with faculty and during final presentations. Mobility is also an important part of the program as each team will most likely meet in different locations. You can find information about the preferred laptop configuration on the Admissions FAQ page on our website.


Health Insurance

Complete information about health insurance plans and coverage is available here, you can find the various plans, the costs, and enroll on-line from this site. All full-time students are required to carry health insurance, either what is offered through Carnegie Mellon or a plan purchased from a state or federal insurance marketplace as long as the plan meets certain minimum requirements. The student is required to take one of the following three actions: 1) Enroll in the basic plan as charged 2) Upgrade the benefit plan by enrolling in the enhanced student health insurance options during the open enrollment period 3) Apply for a waiver from the mandatory policy (you can only get a waiver if you're enrolled in another plan that meets our requirements).


Immunization Requirements

Carnegie Mellon requires all incoming full-time students to demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. International students must also have a tuberculin skin test (PPD) within one year of enrollment. Students will not be considered fully matriculated until they have met the applicable requirements. If you are unable to obtain these vaccinations prior to arrival on campus, you can receive them from the Student Health Service prior to the first day of classes. Failure to comply will result in an administrative suspension. You can complete the form via Health Connect using your Andrew id.


In order to qualify for use of the student medical services provided by the University, please fill out the Report on Medical History form via the Health Services Health Connect prior to your arrival on campus. Your registration will not be considered complete until this form has been received, so please try to fill it out before classes begin.


Academic Calendar

The MSIT eBiz program follows the official Carnegie Mellon calendar for breaks for holidays, and winter and spring breaks. You can find the MSIT eBusiness Technology program's official calendar here. Please be sure though, to always check the eBiz class schedule to have a definite answer as to when your tasks will meet. During Orientation, we will give you information on how to be added to our official Google Calendar, where course information is posted and updated as necessary.


ID Cards

You will be able to pick your Carnegie Mellon ID card up from the MSIT eBusiness Technology offices (located at 417 South Craig Street) beginning the first week of August. You can submit a picture online prior to arriving on campus, so that your ID will be ready at that time. For more information about your CMU ID card, please visit the CMU Card Office website.