Admissions

Welcome! If you have a passion for your studies, a commitment to public service, and a desire to make a difference, perhaps you have what it takes to join our 7,000 alumni already in important careers around the globe.

Admission to the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs is competitive. As one of the oldest and most respected schools of its type in the United States, GSPIA enrolls some of the most talented students from around the world. The admissions committee reviews each application carefully and holistically, and considers personal, professional, and academic factors in making its decisions.

Click here, to read more about GSPIA’s application requirements, and click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

All applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, and must complete GSPIA’s online application. All parts of the application should be submitted electronically.

For most programs, there are two opportunities to apply to GSPIA each year. Students may begin any of the master’s degree programs in either the fall or spring terms. Applications to the doctoral program are for the fall term only. Applications to the MPPM and non-degree programs are accepted for the fall, spring, or summer terms.

If you would like to visit campus as a prospective student, you are welcome to make an appointment by calling 412-648-7640, or emailing gspia@pitt.edu.

GSPIA also regularly hosts online chats, in which current students and advisors are available to talk to prospective students and answer questions. To participate in an online chat and see a schedule of upcoming chats, click here.

Below are GSPIA’s application deadlines. In some instances, GSPIA may accept applications after the deadline on a case-by-case basis. To ask permission to apply late, please contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640.

Application Deadlines: Fall Term

US Citizens/Permanent Residents:
January 15 - PhD applicants
February 1 – MPA, MPIA, and MID applicants
June 1 – MPPM applicants
August 1 – Non-degree applicants

International Students:
January 15 – MPA, MPIA, MID, PhD, and MPPM applicants.

Early Application Discount: Prospective students who submit a complete online application for fall-term admission by December 31 of the previous year pay a reduced application fee of $25.

Application Deadlines: Spring Term

US Citizens/Permanent Residents:
November 1 – MPA, MPIA, MID, and MPPM applicants
December 1 – Non-degree applicants

International Students:
August 1 – MPA, MPIA, MID, and MPPM applicants

Application Deadlines: Summer Term

US Citizens/Permanent Residents:
March 1 – MPPM applicants
April 1 – Non-degree applicants

International Students
January 15 – MPPM applicants

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