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A Faster MSPPM Path for Experienced Professionals

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 or more of relevant professional experience*, 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.

In this 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 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.


For detailed curriculum information, please visit the MSPPM Program Handbook.


Below is one possible schedule for MSPPM: Fast Track. Actual schedules will vary depending on pathway, concentrations, and electives.

Class titles in bold are core courses. Heinz College offers a mix of full-semester (14 weeks) and half-semester courses (7 weeks) for core and elective courses.

  • Statistical Reasoning with R
  • Applied Economic Analysis
  • Organizational Design and Implementation*
  • Writing for Public Policy*
  • Strategic Presentation Skills*
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Politics

  • Management Science
  • Policy & Politics: American or International Perspective
  • Financial Analysis*
  • Database Management*
  • Telling Stories with Data*
  • Evidence-Based Management*
  • Policy Innovation Lab: Public Interest Technology*


  • Public Policy Capstone Project
  • Policy Analysis in Practice
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • U.S. Energy and Climate Policy*
  • Program Evaluation

*Half-semester courses

MSPPM Pathways

Compare all four MSPPM options at a glance

The MSPPM program is offered in four distinct modalities—Pittsburgh (Two-Year), Data Analytics, Washington D.C., and Fast Track (Three-Semester). Compare all four and choose the path that best suits your mission.