- LOCAL-TO-GLOBAL DISTINCTION: GSPIA is one of only 3 comprehensive schools of public and international affairs—the other two are the Maxwell School at Syracuse and the Humphrey School at Minnesota—that offer both an International Affairs program distinguished enough for full membership in APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) and a top-20 program in City Management and Urban Policy (US News, 2012).
- GSPIA/Pitt is ranked #19 world-wide in the 2015 Foreign Policy magazine rankings of the top 25 master’s programs for those seeking a policy career in international relations. GSPIA/Pitt ranked #16 among U.S. programs and #3 among programs at U.S. public universities, behind only UC-San Diego and UC-Berkeley. The full rankings are included in the January/February 2015 issue of Foreign Policy.
- The 2015 Foreign Policy rankings are derived from the latest (2014) TRIP survey of international relations scholars administered by a research team at the College of William and Mary. The 2014 TRIP survey, which included scholars in 33 countries, was sent to all international relations scholars employed at a college or university who have an affiliation with a political science department or a school of public policy.
- #19 city management and urban policy, U.S. News & World Report, 2012
- #33 best schools for public affairs, U.S. News & World Report, 2012
GSPIA Rankings in the Latest (2010-11) Academic Analytics Benchmark Data
- International Affairs and Development: (35 schools): GSPIA ranks #7 in total number of grants, #10 in total awards won by faculty members, #11 in citations per publication, #13 in books published per faculty member, #15 in total citations and citations per faculty member.
- Public Administration (51 schools): GSPIA ranks #6 in total number of books published and books published per faculty member, #9 in number of faculty members with a grant, #11 in total number of grants, #13 in number of faculty members who have won an award, #14 in total awards won by faculty members, #19 in citations per publication.
Biodemographics (Incoming students, Fall 2017)
- 69% full time, 31% part time
- 61% female, 39% male
- 41% out-of-state, 59% in-state
- 15% U.S. minority
- 20% international. Countries represented in the GSPIA student body include Argentina, Australia, China, Colombia, Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Vietnam, and others.
- 85% on-campus, 15% online (mid-career)
- Average age: 28
- 400 total students (158 new students)
- GSPIA ranks tied for second—behind only the Maxwell School at Syracuse University—in the number of NASPAA dissertation awards won by its doctoral students.
- GSPIA is one of only four schools to have produced two presidents of APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) since the founding of the association in 1988.
- GSPIA is one of only nine schools to have produced at least two NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) presidents. One GSPIA alumnus has also served as NASPAA president.
- Three GSPIA alumni have served as President of the ICMA (International City/County Management Association).
- Six GSPIA alumni have served as president of the Korean Association for Public Affairs.
Of the students who entered GSPIA’s MPA, MPIA, and MID programs in fall 2011 (including part-time and joint-degree students), 80% earned a degree within two years. 91% earned a degree within three years. 93% earned a degree within four years.