Why I Chose MPPM

Nancy Whelan, MPPM '11
UPMC Project Manager
University of Bridgeport Alumna
Business Administration

Accelerated Mid-Career Masters

Accelerated Mid-Career Master

The accelerated, 30-credit Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) degree provides mid-career professionals an opportunity to expand their knowledge, develop new analytic tools and professional skills, explore new ideas and theories, and interact with experienced faculty and practitioners. The program is designed to help enhance and advance the careers of professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors (click here for a list of current positions held by alumni of the program).  It is also ideal for professionals in other fields looking to change careers, and begin a new, rewarding life in public service.  Degree requirements can be completed within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Special Admissions Requirements

The MPPM program seeks applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five or more years of full-time experience beyond an entry-level position. Candidates’ experience should demonstrate increasing levels of responsibility, leadership, and professional competence, particularly in areas such as budgeting and finance, human resource management, or policy formulation or implementation. Candidates with fewer than five years of such experience should not apply to the MPPM program, but should apply instead to one of GSPIA’s other, 48-credit master’s degree programs. The flexible curriculum of the MPPM program is ideal for full-time and part-time students, as it allows them to take any of the courses offered at GSPIA. Students are free to study international affairs, international development, or public administration, and may focus their course selection on any of the fields of study offered under GSPIA’s traditional, 48-credit master’s degree programs.

Download the Plan of Study (PDF document) for the Master of Public Policy & Management 

Area Studies Certificate Options

MPPM students are eligible to combine their master’s degree with a graduate certificate from the University Center for International Studies, specializing in Africa, Asia, western Europe, eastern Europe, the European Union, Latin America, or Russia. This is a useful option for students participating in the U.S. military’s Foreign Area Officers Program. Read more here.

Related GSPIA & University Research Centers

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership
Center for Metropolitan Studies
Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Ford Institute for Human Security
Center for Disaster Management
University Center for Social & Urban Research
University Center for International Studies

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