MSPPM: Fast Track (Three-Semester)
By leveraging your experience and a challenging, fast-paced curriculum, you can minimize your time away from the workforce, returning as an indispensable problem-solver with the ability to have an immediate impact.
If you have three years of relevant professional experience* or more, MSPPM: Fast Track provides the same degree in public policy problem-solving and evidence-based management as our traditional MSPPM: Pittsburgh, but in an accelerated format.
A full-time professional graduate degree program, students have opportunities to work with industry clients on real-world problems via Capstone Projects, bringing theory into practice. Due to the experience level of Fast Track candidates, summer internships (between the second and third semesters) are optional.
With a MSPPM from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, you will come out ready to use your skills to lead meaningful change.
*Certain criteria—including service work and military service—can exempt professional experience requirement, see MSPPM admissions for more details
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Duration: 16 months / 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall)
My Story: Emily
Emily Wazlak (MSPPM '17) is from Queens, New York. She came to MSPPM: Fast Track after building experience in a D.C. policy office. Now, her platform helps female entrepreneurs.
MSPPM: FAST TRACK CURRICULUM
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)
- AI, Society, and Humanity
- Privacy in the Digital Age
- Statistical Reasoning with R
- Intro to Database Management
- Organizational Design and Implementation
- Applied Economic Analysis
- Writing for Public Policy
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)
- Programming R for Analytics
- International Crisis Negotiation Exercise
- Women and Public Policy
- Management Science I & II
- Policy & Politics: American or International Perspective
- Financial Analysis
- Strategic Presentation Skills
--OPTIONAL SUMMER INTERNSHIP--
THIRD SEMESTER (FALL)
- Public Policy Capstone Project
- Design Thinking for Complex Systems
- Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Autonomous Vehicles
- Evidence-Based Management
- Program Evaluation
- Critical Analysis of Policy Research