MSPPM: Washington, D.C.
Year One in Pittsburgh. Year Two in D.C.
Gain invaluable work experience by day while completing your coursework by night in the MSPPM: Washington, D.C. pathway. This program provides you with a direct route to a career in policy or research— in Washington or elsewhere—by gaining a year of D.C. work experience and building your professional network before you graduate.
Heinz College's MSPPM-DC program is the highest-ranked policy analysis degree program in Washington, D.C. You will develop skills in data analytics and management strategies during your first year on campus in Pittsburgh. In year two, you will do real work on the ground through a year-long Heinz Policy Fellowship for a government agency, a D.C. non-profit, or a consulting group, while completing a challenging blend of policy analysis and methods courses, and a Capstone Project for a D.C. client.
Throughout the program, you will receive exposure to our world-renowned academic faculty and accomplished practitioners, as well as ongoing support and mentoring from our program office and Career Services staff that ensure a smooth transition and accelerated start into a meaningful career after graduation.
Dedicated to public service? Want to have an impact on policy right away? This is the program for you.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1st Year) | Washington, D.C. (2nd Year)
Duration: 2 Years / 4 Semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer Internship, Fall, Spring)
Heinz Policy Fellowship — EXPERIENCE + ACCESS
A key feature of the MSPPM: Washington, D.C. pathway is the required
Working nearly full-time hours and coming in equipped with Heinz College analytical skills that are unmatched by other policy schools, you will be prepared to tackle big projects—in fact, our students often find that they are entrusted with
- Performed extensive quantitative analysis of 13,000+ international and domestic criminal law cases currently being pursued by the U.S. federal government
- Analyzed and compiled data for an agency report to Congress
- Facilitated SWOT analyses, which were then direct inputs to senior leadership's strategic action plan
- Evaluated future markets and contributed to
bidefforts for a government consulting firm
- Contributed research and analysis to a report on the rapid increase in migration of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
- Named Data Lead and Business-to-IT Translator for a White House project, developing key performance indicators and metrics
That kind of access and rich experience translates to
Additionally, roughly 70 percent of MSPPM: Washington, D.C. students receive full-time employment offers from their Fellowships.
My Story: Rodolfo
Rodolfo Scannone (MSPPM '18) is from Caracas, Venezuela. Driven by a desire to lead change in his home country, he chose MSPPM: Washington, D.C. to learn how to tackle systemic problems.
My Story: Felix
Felix Tettey (MSPPM '18) is from Ghana. Hear about how the MSPPM: Washington, D.C. pathway is powering his goals in economics and international development.
MSPPM: Washington, D.C. Curriculum
NOTE: MSPPM: Washington, D.C. follows the same academic schedule as MSPPM: Pittsburgh, which begins in August and lasts four semesters, graduating in May. MSPPM-DC is not compatible with MSPPM: Data Analytics, Global, or Fast Track.
YEAR 1 - FALL SEMESTER
- Applied Economic Analysis
- Statistical Reasoning with R
- Organizational Design & Implementation
- Intro to Database Management
- Writing for Public Policy
- Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice Policy
YEAR 1 - SPRING SEMESTER
- Policy & Politics: American or International Perspective
- Management Science I & II
- Strategic Presentation Skills
- Financial Analysis
- Intro to Programming with Python
- Money & Politics
- Public Policy Implementation
--REQUIRED SUMMER INTERNSHIP--
YEAR 2 - FALL SEMESTER
- Heinz Policy Fellowship (~30 hrs/week)
- Program Evaluation
- R for Data Policy Analysis
- Getting Stuff Done
- Federal Budget Policy
- Sustainable Development
- Systems Planning
- Working Washington Workshop
YEAR 2 - SPRING SEMESTER
- Heinz Policy Fellowship (~30 hrs/week)
- Public Policy Capstone Project
- Cost Benefit Analysis
- Data Visualization and Dashboards
- Environmental Policy
- Human Rights, Development, and Technology
A Message from the Head of Heinz College in DC
Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy
Head of Heinz College in Washington, D.C.
As the lines between issues that are considered global and local blur in the 21st century, Heinz College will give you the skills to solve complex problems—wherever they exist.
Within the larger Carnegie Mellon community, Heinz College is a leader on the frontier of innovation and technology. Here, you will be emboldened by the opportunity to affect change around issues you are passionate about as we head into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where technological innovation will be at the center of almost every policy debate and decision.
Our faculty come from diverse
Read on to learn more about some of the incomparable faculty you will learn from at Heinz College D.C.