Heinz College - Washington DC

Tomorrow’s policy leaders are passionate about public service and creating lasting social change. In a program that blends academics with practice, Heinz College can help future policy leaders develop the right skills and build experiences to enable them to make a difference.

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management-DC (MSPPM-DC) program offers a unique two-year experience to cultivate a student’s passions while enhancing their leadership skills. A highly selective program culminating in our nation’s capital, this program is geared to future leaders who want to advance their careers in public and political service.

Unique Features & Benefits

  • Fast track to a Washington D.C.-based career: The Heinz MS-DC program is the only Top 10 program ranked by U.S. News & World Report™ to offer a year-long presence in our nation’s capital—providing the connections, mentors, and access to distinguished alumni necessary to jumpstart or change careers.
  • Sought after skills in policy and management: Students gain advanced knowledge of the public policy sector’s most highly-coveted competencies—from rigorous policy courses to innovative data analytics, information technology and management—and still learn about different sectors and topics through a wide variety of course electives.
  • Apprenticeship: Whether a student is transitioning existing skills to the public policy sphere or is a seasoned professional, our unique Washington D.C.-based Apprenticeship program will help match students to the public policy employer and/or sector of their choice, allowing them to gain hands-on experience by working four days per week while they earn their degree at night and on Fridays.
  • World-class faculty: Our distinguished faculty in Washington D.C. includes former U.S. ambassadors, federal agency principals, consultants, and other public policy practitioners who offer a range of perspectives across international, federal, state, and local governments, the private sector, non-profits, and academia.
  • Best of both worlds – Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.: In the first year, students have access to the breadth and depth of Carnegie Mellon University’s distinguished academic resources as full-time students in Pittsburgh. In the second year, students transfer to the satellite Washington, D.C. campus for part-time “executive” study and apprenticeship program.