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Public Administration, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Students acquire an incredibly diverse and flexible set of professional skills appropriate for careers in nonprofit agencies, government offices, and private businesses worldwide.

The 48-credit MPA degree is designed to advance the core value of social equity fundamental to today’s public management. GSPIA’s programs in urban affairs and nonprofit management are consistently ranked among the very best in the country. Additionally, GSPIA’s Center for Metropolitan Studies and the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership bridge the gap between theory and practice, allowing students to work directly with local government and nonprofit leaders. In 2012 US News ranked GSPIA #19 among all MPA programs for “City Management and Urban Policy.” A major reason for this strength is GSPIA’s relationship with Pitt’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), where students and faculty engage in scholarly analysis of urban and regional issues. UCSUR promotes a multidisciplinary research agenda centered on economic, demographic, and social change in cities and regions.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Energy and Environment
  • Public & Nonprofit Management
  • Urban Affairs & Planning
  • Governance & International Public Management 
  • Policy Research & Analysis
  • Civil Security & Disaster Management
  • Human Security
  • International Political Economy
  • Non-governmental Organizations & Civil Society
  • Security & Intelligence Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Online Application
  •  Application Fee
  • Early Application Discount
  •  Résumé. 
  •  Personal Essay
  • Second Essay (PhD applicants only – not required for master’s or non-degree candidates)
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (not required for MPPM and non-degree applicants)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (international students only)
  •  Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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