Online Accelerated Mid-Career Masters

The online Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) degree is a part-time, 30-credit program for mid-career professionals with at least five years of full-time work experience. It is an online version of the MPPM program that GSPIA has offered to talented mid-career students for more than a decade. Students who apply to the MPPM program may now choose whether they want to pursue the degree in its traditional, on-campus format or in a 100% online format.

The program 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. It is designed to help enhance and advance the careers of working professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors, but is also ideal for professionals in other fields looking to change careers, and begin a new, rewarding life in public service.

Effective the fall 2017 term, all students enrolled in the online MPPM program will pay in-state tuition, regardless of residency. 

Program Structure

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 20 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. You will complete your coursework using the Pitt Online website, where you can login at your convenience to view course material and submit assignments.

To see a Plan of Study for the online MPPM program, click here.

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.

Admissions Requirements

The online MPPM program seeks applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five or more years of full-time professional experience. 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.

To apply to the online MPPM program, click here. 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.

    The University of Pittsburgh is now a participating institution in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), an interstate agreement that makes it easier for students to take online courses in another state.

    As a result, pursuant to regulations and policies set forth by SARA, Pitt is now eligible to enroll students from ALL 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    NOTE: California, Florida, and Massachusetts are currently not participating members of SARA; however, Pitt is still able to offer online education and field experiences in these states.




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