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Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) Application Process


The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program has multiple, specialized academic pathways that emphasize multidisciplinary thinking, teamwork, and leadership development through experiential learning and co-curricular programming. Some pathways have different application requirements, so it is important for you to review the information below regarding the application deadline and requirements before you begin your online application.

Before you begin your online application, please carefully review the information below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The application deadline is January 10, but we will continue to accept applications after the deadline as long as space remains in the incoming class. To submit the application, you’ll need to do the following:

  • answer required questions within the online application form
  • upload required essay and résumé
  • register each recommender's name and email address
  • enter test date and registration number for any required standardized test(s)

Supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, recommendations) can arrive after the deadline without negatively impacting your admission decision or scholarship review. Applications are reviewed after all required materials have been received. Certain scholarship awards may be limited for applications received after the deadline. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you are interested in submitting an application after the published deadline.

Schedule a Visit

Schedule a visit to our campus to learn more about CMU and interact with current MSPPM students and faculty members.

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Attend an Online Info Session

Register to attend an upcoming live webinar, or view any of our previously recorded webinars at your convenience.

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Attend Fall Visitation Weekend

RSVP for our 2018 Fall Visitation Weekend, where you can meet fellow applicants, current students, and faculty members.

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Events Near You

Find out about Heinz College events near your hometown, including visits from reps from our Office of Admissions.

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Application Checklist


Before you begin the online application process, please carefully review the list of application requirements and admission criteria for the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program.

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we will complete the review of your application after we have received all of your application materials.

Pathways With Additional Application Requirements

Washington, D.C. Pathway

As an applicant to the MSPPM program's DC Pathway, you are required to submit an additional admission essay.

As an applicant to the MSPPM program's DC Pathway, you are required to submit an additional admission essay. The essay should be no longer than 1,000 words.

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MSPPM Fast Track (Three-Semester) Pathway

Applicants to the MSPPM Fast Track pathway must meet at least one of the following criteria:

3+ years of relevant work experience; terms of service in Peace Corps, Coro, Public Allies Pittsburgh, or Teach for America; or a commission in the U.S. military

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MSPPM-JD Dual Degree with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Applicants can opt to obtain admission to either the MSPPM or Pitt Law JD program prior to the first year of study at either school.

Applicants can opt to obtain admission to either the MSPPM or Pitt Law JD program (or both) prior to the first year of study at either school, and/or apply to the second school during their first year of study.

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MSPPM-MBA Dual Degree with CMU's Tepper School of Business

Applicants must first obtain admission to the Tepper MBA program prior to the first year of study at either school.

Applicants must first obtain admission to the Tepper MBA program prior to the first year of study at either school. Applicants can opt to apply to MSPPM simultaneously with Tepper, or during their first year at Tepper.

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MSPPM-MDiv Dual Degree with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Applicants can opt to obtain admission to either the MSPPM or PST MDiv program prior to the first year of study at either school.

Applicants can opt to obtain admission to either the MSPPM or PST MDiv program (or both) prior to the first year of study at either school. Applicants typically apply for admission to MSPPM after matriculation at PTS.

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Exchange Students

Click here for more information on the Exchange Program application requirements.

Click here for more information on the Exchange Program application requirements.

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Applying to an accelerated master’s program as an Undergraduate Student


Required Quantitative Preparation


The master’s programs at Heinz College are quantitatively-focused. In order to ensure success for our master’s students, the faculty have established guidelines for preparedness that must be achieved prior to starting classes at Heinz College. In some cases, the required preparation may be completed prior to submitting your application for admission. For other students, the preparation may be completed between the time you have been admitted and prior to the start of your first semester as a Heinz College student.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Didn't find what you were looking for on this page? Check out our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on any of the topics or processes outlined above.

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