Joint Degrees

Earn two graduate degrees.

You can pursue two graduate degrees through our partnerships with other professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh and with one foreign university. This approach reduces the number of credits you need for both degrees and helps shorten your time to graduation.

To apply to a joint degree program, you must apply separately to GSPIA and to the partner school. Admissions decisions are made independently. If you are admitted to both programs, you may pursue the joint degree.

You may apply to both degrees simultaneously. Students who are already enrolled in a partner program may apply to GSPIA before completing their first 24 credits in the partner school. Students who are already enrolled at GSPIA may apply to a partner school before completing their first 24 credits.

Only full-time students are eligible to enroll in a joint degree program. Joint-degree students must complete a total of 36 GSPIA credits and must be actively enrolled at GSPIA for at least three terms. In general, students in a joint master's program (MBA, MPH, MSIS, or MSW) enroll for three terms in GSPIA and three terms in the partner school for a total of three years of study. Students enrolled in the joint JD program spend three terms in GSPIA and five terms in Pitt Law School for a total of four years of study. 

Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, and Master of International Development students may apply to our joint degree programs unless otherwise noted. PhD students are not eligible to pursue joint degrees, and MPPM students are not eligible for joint degrees with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

  • Combine the study of law and policy to prepare to work in the judicial or executive branches of government, international law firms, or in public and nonprofit agencies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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  • Prepare for a career in international finance, government financial regulation, or multinational corporations with this joint degree with University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. This program is for MPIA and MID students only.

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  • Prepare to be a leader in public health policy and to learn how health is linked to social, political, and economic problems at home and abroad with this joint degree with University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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  • Prepare for service in urban nonprofit and government organizations, to shape community development policy, and to advocate for human rights worldwide with this joint degree with University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

    Study health policy and the science behind it to prepare for a career at medical relief agencies, nonprofits, and government authorities battling health issues worldwide.

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  • Prepare for a career in the public or nonprofit sector by combining the study of public and information technology management with this joint degree with University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science.

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  • Combining GSPIA's MPPM program with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Pitt's School of Nursing will enable you to acquire professional training as a health care executive leader while also gaining the public and nonprofit management skills to help you to succeed. This program is for MPPM students only. It may be pursued on-campus or online, full-time or part-time. 

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  • Combine your GSPIA degree with a Master of International Affairs, Master of Laws, Master of Economics, or Master of Political Science to prepare for a career in service internationally. Classes are taught in English.

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