You can pursue two graduate degrees through our partnerships with other professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh and with one foreign university. This approach reduces the number of credits you need for both degrees and helps shorten your time to graduation.
To apply to a joint degree program, you must apply separately to GSPIA and to the partner school. Admissions decisions are made independently. If you are admitted to both programs, you may pursue the joint degree.
You may apply to both degrees simultaneously. Students who are already enrolled in a partner program may apply to GSPIA before completing their first 24 credits in the partner school. Students who are already enrolled at GSPIA may apply to a partner school before completing their first 24 credits.
Only full-time students are eligible to enroll in a joint degree program. Joint-degree students must complete a total of 36 GSPIA credits and must be actively enrolled at GSPIA for at least three terms. In general, students in a joint master's program (MBA, MPH, MSIS, or MSW) enroll for three terms in GSPIA and three terms in the partner school for a total of three years of study. Students enrolled in the joint JD program spend three terms in GSPIA and five terms in Pitt Law School for a total of four years of study.
Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, and Master of International Development students may apply to our joint degree programs unless otherwise noted. PhD students are not eligible to pursue joint degrees, and MPPM students are not eligible for joint degrees with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.