Public Policy & Management

Hear Ayana Russell (MSPPM, 2012) discuss her experience as a student in the School of Public Policy and Management

Advance the public interest by developing exceptional analytic, quantitative and technical problem solving skills with a degree that no other public affairs graduate program can match.

Our Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program emphasize multi-disciplinary thinking, teamwork and leadership development through academic rigor, experiential learning and co-curricular activities. The program provides market-oriented training that is in demand in the public, non-profit and private sectors making it the ideal choice for tomorrow’s policy leaders.

Unique Features & Benefits

  • Quantitative management and technology: Skills-based curriculum that integrates public policy, information technology, quantitative analysis, and management skills which prepare students to solve complex policy problems.
  • Experiential learning: Real-world application of skills through group projects and internship opportunities. Instead of writing a thesis, students work on teams to tackle a real-world problem with a real client.
  • Designed for Students: Tailored elective coursework that allows students to select a specific focus, such as policy analysis, financial analysis, management, economic development, health policy, social innovation, environmental policy or international trade.
  • Exceptional alumni and employer networks: Graduates appeal to a wide array of employers from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. MSPPM alumni in all of those sectors are consistently active within the Heinz College community.
  • A Global Opportunity: The MSPPM program is offered in three locations: Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Adelaide, Australia. The differences in the three tracks result from the context in which the education is offered, while the core curriculum structure and pedagogical pillars apply across locations.
  • Expand Your Degree: Dual degree options, including MS/MBA (CMU's Tepper School of Business), MS/JD (University of Pittsburgh's Law School) and Master of Divinity/MSPPM/Divinity (Pittsburgh's Theological Seminary).