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Promote progress in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Master of Public Administration Master of Public Administration

Prepare to serve as a leader in public service.

Gain a diverse and flexible skill set that will prepare you for leadership in nonprofit agencies, government offices, and private businesses worldwide.

Professional Skills

  • Advocacy for effective local government
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Data interpretation
  • Ethical leadership skills
  • Neighborhood development
  • Responsible business practices

Majors and Degree Requirements

Our majors enable you to specialize your degree, focusing on the areas where you want to make an impact. To graduate, you must complete at least 48 credit hours in major and degree courses, as well as a 300-hour internship with an approved organization anywhere in the world. This degree is normally completed in two years full-time or approximately three years part-time. It is taught in an on-campus, in-person format. 

The GSPIA Experience

Hear how Patrick Cornell and Tara Matthews built relationships at GSPIA and forged the skills to serve in senior-level jobs in Pittsburgh. 


Joint Degrees

You can pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously through our partnerships with other professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh and with Kobe University in Japan. This approach reduces the number of credits needed for both degrees and helps shorten your time to graduation. 

Joint Degree Options

  • MPA/Law Degree (JD)
  • MPA/Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • MPA/Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)
  • MPA/Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Joint degree through Kobe University in Japan
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Area Studies Certificates

If you’re looking for an international career in a specific region of the world, you can enhance your master’s degree with a graduate certificate from the University Center for International Studies.


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • European Union
  • Global Studies
  • Latin America
  • Russia
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Funding Your Education

GSPIA offers merit-based scholarships to highly qualified, standout master’s degree applicants. We also provide resources for identifying outside scholarships and fellowships, and we encourage students to submit a FAFSA for need-based aid.

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Featured GSPIA Awards

  • Provides support to students in the MPA or PhD program who demonstrate an interest in urban affairs or the improvement of American cities. Preference is given to students who enhance the diversity of the student body at GSPIA.

  • Provides support for MPA students with an interest in public personnel and labor relations.

  • GSPIA’s most prestigious merit-based fellowship, which provides full tuition, stipend, health insurance, and other related fees for two years.


GSPIA’s Master of Public Administration degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s program in public affairs has gone through a rigorous process of voluntary peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), and has met NASPAA’s Standards for Professional Master’s Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy, and Administration.

Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives

Gain experience in research, teaching, and public service in public administration and your selected major by getting involved with a GSPIA or University research center.

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