University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Why you should consider 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).

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 52,283 $ 13,070 $ 39,213
Out of state $ 88,223 $ 22,056 $ 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

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

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 20,000

Application fee waived?



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.

Jobs for program 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

Other details

Program length

2 years

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.

Program begins

Late August for fall; early January for spring.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Danae Williams, Director of Recruitment and Admissions

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