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University of Pittsburgh

Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Founded in 1957, the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) is one of the largest and most comprehensive schools of its type in the United States. It offers an exceptional breadth of academic programs, covering topics as diverse as international security and nonprofit management. Uniquely, it allows students to pursue both a major and a minor at the graduate level, making it possible to study a wide variety of fields and subfields in international affairs, international development, and public administration.

GSPIA is home to some of the leading research centers in its field, including the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, the Center for Disaster Management, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and the Center for Metropolitan Studies. Along with their degrees, students may also pursue certificates in the study of a major world region, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the European Union.

GSPIA sponsors study abroad/exchange programs with universities around the globe, and has an extensive network of more than 7,000 alumni pursuing careers in government, nonprofit management, business, research, and education, among other fields. In addition to its facilities in Pittsburgh, it sponsors permanent offices in Washington, DC and Shanghai, China.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Public and International Affairs - Major in Security & Intelligence Studies
  • Master of Public and International Affairs - Major in Human Security
  • Master of Public and International Affairs - Major in International Political Economy
  • Master of International Development - Major in Human Security
  • Master of International Development - Major in NGOs & Civil Society
  • Master of International Development - Major in Urban Affairs and Planning
  • Master of International Development - Major in Energy & Environment
  • Master of International Development - Major in Governance & International Public Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Major in Policy Research and Analysis
  • Master of Public Administration - Major in Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Major in Energy & Environment
  • Master of Public Administration - Major in Governance & International Public Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Major in Urban Affairs and Planning
  • Master of Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Public Policy and Management - Online
  • PhD in Public and International Affairs
  • MPA/MPIA/MID with Joint Law Degree (JD)
  • MPIA/MID with Joint MBA
  • MPA/MPIA/MID with Joint Master of Public Health
  • MPA/MPIA/MID with Joint Master of Social Work
  • MPA/MPIA/MID with Joint Master of Science in Information Science
  • MPA/MPIA/MID with Joint International Organizations MBA

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At the intersection of disaster management and leadership studies, the Leadership During Crisis Podcast explores stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis.

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The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and the Pitt Sustainability Task Force has awarded a grant to GSPIA Associate Professor Jeremy Weber to study the costs associated with abandoned oil and gas wells.

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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Manager William D. McKain CPA recently presented the Frank J. Lucchino Distinguished Service Award to GSPIA Alumnus Mr. Randolph (Randy) W. Brockington (MPA, ’86), Executive Deputy Director of the Office of Administrative and Information Management Services in the Department of Human Services (DHS).

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In a signing ceremony on the 40th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, GSPIA Dean John Keeler and Sarah Poole, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, UNDP, signed a memorandum of understanding between the University of Pittsburgh and the United Nations Development Programme. The agreement establishes the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at Pitt, a new interdisciplinary research forum for scholars and practitioners to collaborate on policy-relevant research on gender inequality.  

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Prof. Phil Williams is a leading authority on international organized crime.

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We are pleased to present another alumni guest blog post by Benjamin Howe (MPIA ’98)!
Mr. Howe has worked as a Senior Management Analyst in the Bedford (MA) Audit Operations Division of the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) since January 2009. Since joining the VA OIG, he has worked on several audits and reviews of VA programs and operations. Prior to joining the VA OIG, he spent five years working at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the agency’s Boston Field Office. While at GAO, he focused on issues related to natural resources and the environment, including reviews of EPA’s lead in drinking water regulations and Federal efforts to address the health effects of exposure to indoor mold. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Manchester, NH.
Seek Out Mentors

by Benjamin Howe (MPIA ’98)

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. 

J Loren Norris, speaker, author, mentor, and seminar leader

Mentors have been instrumental in helping me succeed in my Federal career by helping me do my job better. They have provided me with useful insights into what I needed to do to be successful. 

For example, when I moved from Washington, DC to live outside of Boston, MA, I changed agencies and professions. It was mentors that helped me learn how to do my new job. They took the time to walk me through my work to ensure I knew how it should be done to meet agency needs and professional requirements. Without their assistance, I would not have been successful at my new agency. I very much appreciate that they took the time to help me get on the right track. Since then, I have sought out the advice and assistance of other mentors. My mentors have continued to help me be successful in my career. I highly recommend you take advantage of mentoring opportunities that may come your way in your career. 

Best of luck in your career pursuits!

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