Combine in-depth theoretical knowledge with practical applications to design and implement effective solutions to challenging problems across the world. Our graduates champion reform in national governments, international organizations, and nonprofit and research organizations, as well as in the private sector.
Whether it’s in advocacy, policy implementation, or another area, your major allows you to specialize your degree, honing your skills for the exact career you want to pursue. 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.
Explore the economics, politics, and policies of pressing environmental and energy issues.View Major Details
Design, manage, and analyze governance reforms around the world.View Major Details
Work for the dignity of populations who are vulnerable to violence and deprivation.View Major Details
Promote policy change from the bottom up through the nonprofit sector.View Major Details
Address the planning and policy challenges facing communities across the globe.View Major Details
You can pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously through our partnerships with other professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh and with two foreign universities. This approach reduces the number of credits needed for both degrees and helps shorten your time to graduation.
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.
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.View all funding options
Provides partial tuition for U.S. minority students who are studying international affairs or international development.
Provides support for students interested in international affairs and international development.
A merit-based, University-funded award with preference given to underrepresented U.S. students who are focusing on urban affairs. Includes full tuition, stipend, health insurance, and other related fees.
Gain experience in research, teaching, and public service in international development by getting involved with a GSPIA or University research center.Explore all