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The Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) degree, offered through the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, provides mid-career professionals with 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 advanced, 30-credit program is designed to enhance and advance careers of professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors. 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.

As an online MPPM student, you will enroll in two web-based courses (for a total of 6 credits) per term. You will be able to complete the 30-credit degree in just five terms. By taking courses during the spring, summer, and fall terms, you can earn your degree in just 19 months. You may, if you prefer, complete the program at a slower pace by taking just one course at a time.

You will follow a set curriculum of online courses, all of which are taught by regular GSPIA faculty who are dedicated to your success, wherever you are. In addition to the professors teaching your courses, you will be assigned to a faculty advisor and a full-time enrollment counselor who will be able to assist you by phone, Skype, or email with any questions you may have. Your advisor and enrollment counselor will help you navigate the registration process and work with you throughout your time at GSPIA to ensure your success.


The online MPPM program seeks applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five or more years of professional experience in positions beyond entry-level. 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.

You can apply to the program through the GSPIA Online Application page.

The application requires you to submit:

  • A resume
  • A personal statement of about two double-spaced typed pages, outlining your background and your goals for the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from past or present supervisors (from paid or volunteer positions you have held).
  • Copies of your undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable). You may submit unofficial photocopies at the time of your application; official copies are required if you are admitted and choose to enroll.
  • A non-refundable $50 application fee.

Note that the GRE is not required for online MPPM applicants.

International students who are not US citizens/permanent residents must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score, unless they have completed a degree at a regionally accredited US university, or are citizens of an approved English-speaking country.

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We welcome your application to the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs! If you have questions during the application process, please contact us.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, use our GSPIA Contact Form for assistance.

Phone: 412-648-7643

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

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