University of Pittsburgh

www.gspia.pitt.edu

Overview

Founded in 1957, the University of Pittsburgh�s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) is one of the largest and most comprehensive schools of its type in the United States. It offers an exceptional breadth of academic programs, covering topics as diverse as international security and nonprofit management. Uniquely, it allows students to pursue both a major and a minor at the graduate level, making it possible to study a wide variety of fields and subfields in international affairs, international development, and public administration.

GSPIA is home to some of the leading research centers in its field, including the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, the Center for Disaster Management, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, and the Center for Metropolitan Studies. Along with their degrees, students may also pursue certificates in the study of a major world region, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the European Union.

GSPIA sponsors study abroad/exchange programs with universities around the globe, and has an extensive network of more than 7,000 alumni pursuing careers in government, nonprofit management, business, research, and education, among other fields. In addition to its facilities in Pittsburgh, it sponsors permanent offices in Washington, DC and Beijing, China.

APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School

Addresses

General

Graduate School of Public And International Affairs
University of Pittsburgh
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • (412) 648-7640
  • (412) 648-7641
  • email

Admissions

Graduate School of Public And International Affairs
GSPIA Admissions
University of Pittsburgh
3601 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • (412) 648-7640
  • (412) 648-7641
  • email

Career Services

Graduate School of Public And International Affairs
Career Services
University of Pittsburgh
3601 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • (412) 648-7640
  • (412) 648-7641
  • email

Degree Requirements

Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) - 2 years

  • 16 courses (48 credits)
  • Majors in International Political Economy, Security & Intelligence Studies, and Human Security

Master of International Development (MID) - 2 years

  • 16 courses (48 credits)
  • Majors in Non-Governmental Organizations & Civil Society, Development Planning & Environmental Sustainability, and Human Security

Master of Public Administration (MPA) - 2 years

  • 16 courses (48 credits)
  • Majors in Urban & Regional Affairs, Public & Non-profit Management, Energy & the Environment, and Policy Research & Analysis

Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) - 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

  • An accelerated master's degree for professionals with a minimum of five years of substantive managerial experience
  • 10 courses (30 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy in Public and International Affairs (Ph.D.) -

  • 72 credits + dissertation
  • Specializations available in International Affairs, International Development, and Public Policy & Management

Fields of Specialization

  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    Majors:
    • Policy Research and Analysis
    • Public and Nonprofit Management
    • Energy and the Environment
    • Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Master of International Development (MID)
    Majors:
    • Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society
    • Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability
    • Human Security
  • Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA)
    Majors:
    • International Political Economy
    • Security and Intelligence Studies
    • Human Security
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Fields of Specialization:
    • International Affairs
    • International Development
    • Public Policy & Management

    Joint Degrees

    MPIA, MID, and MPA students are eligible to pursue these joint degrees:

  • Business - MBA with the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business (MPIA and MID students only)

  • Business - International Organizations MBA with the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

  • Information Science - MSIS with the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science

  • Law - JD with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Public Health - MPH with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

  • Social Work - MSW with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

    Core Courses

    MPIA, MID, and MPA programs:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics for Public Affairs
  • Policy Analysis
  • Administration of Public Affairs
  • Global Governance
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  • Capstone Seminar or Thesis
  • Professional Development
  • Internship

    MPPM program (accelerated, mid-career master's degree):

  • Economics for Public Affairs
  • Program Evaluation
  • Global Governance, Administration of Public Affairs, or Development Policy
  • Policy Seminar

    PhD program:

  • Highly individualized curriculum

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