Area Studies & Global Studies Program Certificates

The University of Pittsburgh is home to two world-class academic centers focusing on international issues – The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). Although GSPIA and UCIS are distinct and separately governed units of the University, there is an enormous amount of cooperation between the two. UCIS offers graduate certificates that GSPIA students can pursue concurrently with their degrees, allowing them to focus their studies on a particular region or theme. Both GSPIA and UCIS are conveniently located in the same building – Wesley W. Posvar Hall.

UCIS is an umbrella organization comprised of several internationally themed research centers and programs. Many of these have been designated National Resource Centers by the US Department of Education (a distinction given only to the top 10 – 15 programs of their kind nationwide). Only a small handful of America’s top research universities can claim so many National Resource Centers, which receive funding directly from the federal government and often award prestigious federal fellowships.

UCIS’s constituent units offer nine certificate programs. It is normally possible to complete the requirements for a GSPIA master’s degree and a UCIS certificate in two years. The following options are available:

African Studies Program

  • Graduate Certificate in African Studies

Asian Studies Center

  • Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (with or without language proficiency)

European Studies Center / European Union Center of Excellence

  • Graduate Certificate in European Union Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in West European Studies

Center for Latin American Studies

  • Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social & Public Policy
  • Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies

Center for Russian & East European Studies

  • Graduate Certificate in East European Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Russian Studies

Global Studies Program

  • Graduate Certificate in Global Studies
  • Concentrations in:
    • Changing Identities in a Global World
    • Communication, Technology, & Society
    • Conflict & Conflict Resolution
    • Global Economy & Global Governance
    • Global Health
    • Sustainable Development

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