Preparing Leaders

GSPIA provides the educational requirements and advanced studies to help students gain entry into careers throughout the U.S. and around the world. View a list of careers of GSPIA alumni.

Degree Programs

There are three main academic master’s degree programs at GSPIA. They are completed in 20 months of full-time study or may be completed on a part-time basis. These include the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public & International Affairs (MPIA) and Master of International Development (MID). Each master’s degree provides several options for a major.

Students have the flexibility to customize their education as any major can be taken as a minor. Adding a minor will help differentiate your education, deepen your knowledge base and broaden professional marketability. Each minor consists of a 9-credit sequence of courses within your chosen subject area. This is taken in addition to general required courses and courses for your major area of study.

If you are a midcareer professional seeking to update your skills and knowledge base, you may choose the Master of Public Policy & Management (MPPM) degree. This degree can be completed on-campus in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. A 100% online version of the MPPM degree is also available and can be completed in 20 months part-time. 

Qualified students also have a doctoral degree option. The rigorous Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in public and international affairs requires three to four years of full-time study.

For more information on any program, or to schedule a campus visit, please contact the Office of Student Services.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260