University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.



Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh, originally named the Pittsburgh Academy, begins life in a log cabin on the American frontier. In petitioning Pennsylvania’s state assembly to charter an academy of learning in Pittsburgh, founding principal Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes, “We all know that the strength of a state greatly consists in the superior mental powers of the inhabitants.”


  • The University of Pittsburgh offers numerous undergraduate majors. Those majors are listed below, along with the degree conferred and the school or college offering the major. Majors in which a minor is also available are marked with an asterisk. See the individual school’s or college’s section of this bulletin for specific major and degree requirements.
  • Applications for admission to graduate study are processed by the University's 14 graduate and professional schools, not by a central admissions office. Questions about application forms and deadlines, admission criteria, and programs of study should be addressed to the specific school or program.


With 16 schools, thriving multidisciplinary centers, and close ties to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pitt research reaches across disciplines. Pitt researchers also collaborate with colleagues from 80-plus other universities—including nearby Carnegie Mellon University—and corporate partners near Pitt's urban campus. The following are multidisciplinary research areas where Pitt is a current or emerging leader.

  • Aging
  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Modeling
  • Drug Discovery
  • Energy
  • Global Health
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Nanoscience
  • National Preparedness
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Translational Medicine


The Office of Career Services offers personalized services to assist students in securing rewarding internships, jobs, and other professional opportunities. A broad range of services and resources are available to current students and alumni.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (34)
Humanities (17)
Education & Training (16)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (13)
Social Sciences (11)
Business & Management (8)
Computer Science & IT (7)
Arts, Design & Architecture (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Law (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
100 -20
80 -1
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
142 3
145 -12
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The Office of Student Services provides a full range of services and resources to support students and prospective students from application through graduation. The main objective of our office is to provide quality supportive services to ensure students have a positive academic experience while earning their graduate degree from GSPIA. Based on a student-focused approach, we provide students with a graduate enrollment counselor who serves as the first point of contact for class registration, financial aid application and preparation for graduation. 

Housing services

Pitt offers a wide range of housing options. Our residence halls featuring online network access, study and recreation lounges, fitness centers, coffee carts, and special academic communities.

The University's Off-Campus Living Department provides students with the information and tools to successfully reside in off-campus accommodations. Explore the department's Renters’ Guide, apartment listings, roommate matching, and landlord services.

Dozens of hotels near the Pittsburgh campus offer lodging for visitors and for students before they settle into long-term housing.

Library services

Pitt’s University Library System (ULS) is the 22nd-largest academic library system in North America. It includes 15 libraries and collections and holds more than 6.4 million volumes and specialized collections including the Archive of Scientific Philosophy and the Archives of Industrial Society, as well as major foreign-language materials from around the world totaling 1.4 million volumes.

ICT services

More than 160 software packages are available to students at little or no cost. Most software can be downloaded at no cost from the Software Download Service at My Pitt including Microsoft Office. Some software is available for purchase at discounted prices at the Technology Services Desk at the University Store on Fifth.

Medical services

  • Routine physical examinations, including age-appropriate screening and counseling
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Evaluation of male sexual problems, such as impotence
  • Testicular and skin cancer screeningVaccinations including HPV
  • Evaluation and management of dermatologic complaints, including hair loss and acne
  • Specialized care for men who have sex with men

Student Life

Campus life

Our ongoing goal is to make Pitt’s campus feel like your home away from home. In addition to helping you feel safe and comfortable in your new surroundings, we’ll help you forge connections and create a sense of community. Our programming will support a balanced college experience, and make Pitt feel like home.

Sports facilities

Our Club Sports Program is dedicated to providing students safe opportunities for participation in a wide variety of competitive, recreational, and instructional sport activities. Club sports offer leadership opportunities and team-building experiences, as each club is organized, managed, and led by students. To support club sport activity and growth, we provide access to campus recreation facilities and services.

Student clubs

Pitt students participate in 9th Annual PMADD This past Saturday, students from the University of Pittsburgh volunteered at the ninth annual Pitt Make a Difference Day (PMADD). Students from the Oakland campus as well as regional campuses took part in a variety of service projects ranging from community cleanups and beautification projects to projects with nonprofit agencies, schools, and neighborhood associations. More than 3,850 students and staff from the Oakland campus were able to serve the Pittsburgh community.


The University of Pittsburgh, including its School of Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States