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University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

About this program

Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) is one of the most comprehensive schools of public service in the world, with degree programs focused on both domestic and foreign policy, nonprofit administration, and many specialized majors including Energy & Environment, Human Security, NGOs & Civil Society, and other fields. Students have the ability to earn a major and a minor, as well as joint degrees (law, business, public health, social work, or information science), and certificates in the study of a major world region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America).

  • Year partnership began: 2013
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 4

Application requirements

Personal statement; previous transcripts; two letters of recommendation; resume.

Admissions process

Check the RPCV box on the online application to indicate that you served in the Peace Corps, and be sure to include the Peace Corps service on your resume.

Degrees awarded

Master of International Development, Master of Public & International Affairs, Master of Public Administration

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $52,283 $88,223
Value of fellowship $13,070 $22,056
Net cost $39,213 $66,167

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $20,000

Cost savings details

All fellows receive at least 25% of tuition and fees of total cost of program.


All students complete a 300 hour internship as a graduation requirement. GSPIA has three career advisors (two based in Pittsburgh and one based in Washington D.C.) to assist students in their internship search.

Other opportunities

Jobs for alumni

Environmental Directorate, OECD Urban Youth Development Volunteer, Peace Corps Consultant, The World Bank Group Recruitment Coordinator, Apple Contractor, NASA Program Manager, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Research Associate, Fourth Economy Consulting Associate Client Service Manager, Bank of New York Mellon Team Leader, FEMA Corps International Education Program Consultant, Brother's Brother Foundation Analyst, Department of Justice Associate, American Enterprise Institute Analyst, Government Accountability Office Legislative Aide, US Senate Analyst, FBI

Nontraditional options

Contact information

Danae Williams
Director of Recruitment and Admissions




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5910 Wesley W Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260