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Last Updated on December 24, 2022

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The mission of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is to prepare students to make substantive contributions to society through careers as managers, advisors, and policy analysts in government and nonprofit organizations in a multitude of geographic locations throughout the world. This mission is accomplished through dedication to quality teaching that builds skills and commitments to the core values, challenges, and rewards of public service. It is supported through basic and applied research on timely issues of public management; international, regional, and urban affairs; and policy making. The school and faculty are committed to making a difference in the world by drawing on diverse skills and knowledge to improve the performance of public and nonprofit organizations that contribute to free and just societies in the United States and abroad. To accomplish these ends, GSPIA teaches, conducts research, and performs public service in the following areas:

  • The management and administration of public and nonprofit agencies
  • The growth and sustainable development of urban metropolitan regions throughout the world
  • The economic and social development of newly independent and developing states
  • The emerging dynamics that are shaping today’s international political economy
  • Threats to and issues in international security

The mission of GSPIA stresses the importance of democratic responsibilities and personal integrity in the management of human affairs as well as the professional qualifications required for managing constructive change. Students and faculty alike are required to:

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in addressing public policy issues
  • Consider the international and intersectoral aspects of public affairs
  • Develop partnerships with others both internal and external to the University of Pittsburgh

Contact Information

Office of Student Services
Suite 3601 Posvar Hall
Fax: 412-648-7641
E-mail: [email protected]


GSPIA admits persons who have demonstrated intellectual competence and high motivation in an academic and/or professional environment and who will enrich the quality of life in the school. Individuals from varied cultural, academic, and social backgrounds provide an exciting frame of reference for the stimulating exchanges so vital to a dynamic academic process. The following are required of all applicants: transcripts, application and fee, GRE score, TOEFL or IETS score (if international), letters of recommendation, essays, and resume.

Admission Prerequisites

It is desirable, but not mandatory, that PhD applicants have an earned master’s degree in public and international affairs or a degree in one of the social sciences and work experience prior to undertaking doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a degree that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Applicants are expected to have a B+ or better average (3.0 GPA) in their work to date. To be competitive for merit scholarships, applicants normally need at least a 3.5 GPA. The admissions committee also takes into consideration GPA within the major, GPA within the last two years, extenuating circumstances, length of time since graduation from college, rigor of the undergraduate program, and other factors.

Doctoral applicants are only eligible for admission to full-time status in the Fall Term.

Application Requirements

Online Application

Complete and submit the online application in its entirety.  All application materials can be submitted electronically using the online system, with the exception of official academic transcripts.

Application Fee

The non-refundable $50 application fee may be paid by check or credit card. You will be prompted to pay the fee at the end of the online application process. The application fee is waived for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, AmeriCorps Volunteers, Truman Scholars, Pickering Fellows, Coro Fellows, Rangel Fellows, McNair Fellows, Teach for America alumni, City Year alumni, Payne Fellows, Catholic Volunteer Network alumni, and veterans/active duty members of the US Armed Forces.

Early Application Discount: Prospective students who submit a complete online application for fall-term admission by December 31 of the previous year pay a reduced application fee of $25.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

TOEFL/IELTS Scores (international students only). International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Contact Educational Testing Services directly to request that an official score report be sent to GSPIA. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission is 80 on the Internet-based test, although 90 or above is strongly preferred. The minimum IELTS score required for admission is 7.0 (overall, and in each of the subsections). GSPIA’s institutional code is 2574.

Exceptions: International students who completed a degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. Students from certain English-speaking countries are also exempt (see this link for a list of exempt countries). All US citizens and permanent residents are exempt. 

GRE or GMAT Scores

GRE or GMAT Scores (not required for MPPM and non-degree applicants).

All applicants to the MPA, MPIA, MID, and PhD programs must have taken the GRE or GMAT within five years of the date of their application. It is not necessary to take both exams; either test score may be submitted. Official score reports must be sent directly from the testing agency to GSPIA. (GRE test takers can order score reports online at GMAT test takers can order reports at Copies of your own score report are not acceptable. GSPIA’s institutional code is for the GRE 2574.

Exceptions: Students applying to GSPIA’s joint-degree program with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law may substitute an LSAT score in lieu of the GRE.


All applicants should upload a current résumé/curriculum vitae, showing relevant awards, academic achievements, full- and part-time job experience, internships, and volunteer work.

Personal Essay

Introduce yourself to the admissions committee. Discuss your professional goals and why you feel a GSPIA degree can help you attain them. Describe your background, interests, and motivation for pursuing graduate work in public & international affairs. There is a 5,000 character limit (approximately two double-spaced, typed pages).

Second Essay (PhD applicants only – not required for master’s or non-degree candidates)

Identify the broad topic and research questions you envision as the focus of your doctoral dissertation research, as well as the methodologies you intend to use. There is a 5,000 character limit (approximately two double-spaced, typed pages).

Optional Essay

If there are any special circumstances you would like the admissions committee to consider, highlight them in the optional essay. Use this essay to include any information that you feel is important, but that you were not able to include elsewhere on the application. There is no penalty for leaving this blank.

Academic Transcripts

When completing the online application, you will be asked to upload copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, whether or not you earned a degree. You should upload a scanned copy of an official transcript generated by your university’s registrar’s office. Self-reported transcripts, student grade reports, or copies of unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.

 It is not necessary to submit hard copies of your transcripts at the time of application, as long as your scanned copies have uploaded successfully. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit final, official transcripts directly from your university’s registrar’s office to GSPIA. The official copy must exactly match the scanned copy that you submitted at the time of application.

 If you do not have access to technology that will allow you to submit a scanned copy of your transcript at the time of application, you may submit an official copy instead. The official copy must be sent by mail directly from your university’s registrar’s office to GSPIA (3601 Posvar Hall; Pittsburgh, PA 15260).

Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters should be written by professors who have taught you or supervisors who have overseen your work, either professionally or in a volunteer capacity. If you graduated from college less than three years ago, at least one, if not both, of your letters should be from professors. Letters written by friends, family members, work colleagues, or anyone who has not taught or supervised you are not acceptable.

All letters must be submitted online. When you complete the online application, you will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders. The system will automatically send them an email explaining how they can upload their letters.

Admission Deadlines

GSPIA does not consider applications on a rolling basis. International students are strongly encouraged to submit application materials at least one month prior to the stated deadlines.

Application Deadlines: Fall Term

US Citizens/Permanent Residents:

January 15 – PhD applicants

February 1 – MPA, MPIA, MID

June 1 – MPPM applicants

August 1 – Non-degree applicants

International Students:

January 15 – MPA, MPIA, MID, PhD, and MPPM applicants

Early Application Discount: Prospective students who submit a complete online application for fall-term admission by December 31 of the previous year pay a reduced application fee of $25.

Application Deadlines: Spring Term

US Citizens/Permanent Residents:

November 1 – MPA, MPIA, MID, and MPPM applicants

December 1 – Non-degree applicants

International Students:

August 1 – MPA, MPIA, MID, and MPPM applicants

Application Deadlines: Summer Term

US Citizens/Permanent Residents:

March 1 – MPPM applicants

April 1 – Non-degree applicants

International Students:

January 15 – MPPM applicants

School-Based Funding

GSPIA offers competitive, merit-based scholarships to its most outstanding master’s degree applicants. All applicants for fall admission are automatically considered for merit funding, as long as they are planning to pursue full-time study and have submitted a complete application by the February 1 deadline. There is no separate application for GSPIA merit funding.

Typically, awards are renewed for the student’s second year, as long as the student has earned at least 24 credits and maintained an overall GPA of 3.5 or better.


2018-2019 Academic Year Tuition*

     Per Term Rate for Fall & Spring                                         

          PA Resident – $11,145                                                     

          Out-of-State – $18,490                                                     

     Per Credit and Summer Term

          PA Resident – $898

          Out-of-State – $1,512

2018-2019 Academic Year Mandatory Fees*

     Fall & Spring Term

                                                                 Full-time                             Part-time

          Computer/Network Service Fee           $175                                   $100

          Security & Transportation Fee             $90                                     $90

          Student Activity Fee                             $30                                    $15

          Wellness Fee                                      $130                                   $65

     Summer Term

                                                                 Full-time                             Part-time

          Computer/Network Service Fee           $175                                   $100

          Security & Transportation Fee             $90                                    $90

          Student Activity Fee                             $12                                      $6

          Wellness Fee                                      $130                                   $65

*Subject to change based on University of Pittsburgh tuition rates and fees

Academic Standards

Students are in good academic standing when they earn acceptable grades for graduate work and make normal progress toward the degree. Specifically, full-time students must earn a minimum of 9 credits per term with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all courses. Part-time students are held to the same standards. However, they are expected to do so while carrying less than 9 credits per term. Full- or part-time students admitted with provisional status must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses in their first 12 credits.

Students receiving school-based funding are held to higher standards. Master’s students must earn, after two terms, 24 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Doctoral students must earn 24 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0.


Students are automatically placed on academic probation when they fail to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 and earn the appropriate number of credits for their status. Students are also placed on academic probation automatically if they receive two G or I grades in one term and/or earn a grade of U, C- or lower.


Students who fail to correct the deficiencies of their academic probation within a specified time period (normally one term) are subject to dismissal. Should a student be dismissed, students may appeal the decision to the associate dean.

For additional information on academic standards and procedures, students are referred to GSPIA’s Handbook of Academic Policies and Procedures for Master’s Degree Programs, GSPIA’s Handbook of Academic Policies and Procedures for the Doctor of Philosophy, and the University’s Guidelines on Academic Integrity: Student and Faculty Obligations and Hearing Procedures.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits from Outside Institutions

Students who have completed graduate courses in degree-granting graduate programs at other accredited institutions prior to admission to GSPIA should submit official transcripts from those institutions at the time they apply so that the courses can be evaluated for transfer credits or waivers. If the source institution is located in the United States, the institution must be regionally accredited in order for the credits to be transferrable. Graduate-level courses taken while a student was enrolled in an undergraduate program are generally not eligible to be transferred into GSPIA. Under normal circumstances, only graduate-level courses taken after a student has earned a bachelor’s degree may be evaluated as transfer credits. (See “Enrollment in Graduate Courses as an Undergraduate” above.) A maximum of 12 credits can be transferred for students enrolled in the MPA, MPIA, and MID degree programs. A maximum of 6 credits can be transferred for students enrolled in the MPPM program. Students admitted with provisional status cannot transfer credits until full graduate student status has been granted.

Official transcripts certifying graduate courses completed at another regionally accredited institution can be evaluated for acceptability as transfer credits, provided grades of B or better (GPA = 3.0) or its equivalent has been earned. Other documentation such as course syllabi and descriptions will be required to support the student’s request. The documents must prove that the course(s) are substantially similar in content to existing GSPIA course(s) in order for the transfer to be approved. Transfer (advanced standing) credits are entered as block transfer credits (advanced standing) on the student’s transcript. Grades and quality points are not recorded for credits accepted by transfer.

The completion of requirements for advanced degrees must be satisfied through registration at the Pittsburgh campus of the University. Graduate students already enrolled, may, when approved in advance by the director of student services, spend a term or more at another graduate institution, to obtain training or experience not available at the University, and transfer those credits toward the requirements for a GSPIA degree. In such instances, neither the University nor GSPIA is responsible for any financial assistance to the graduate student.

No credits will be granted toward a GSPIA degree for work completed in extension courses, correspondence courses, or those offered in the off-campus center of another institution unless those credits are approved for equivalent graduate degrees at that institution, and provided that the institution has a regionally accredited program.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits from Other Graduate Schools at the University of Pittsburgh

With the exception of students enrolled in formal joint-degree programs, students who earn/have earned credits while enrolled as a graduate student at another University of Pittsburgh school may petition for some of their credits to count toward the GSPIA degree. Typically, no more than six credits earned while enrolled in another graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh may be counted toward the GSPIA degree. In most cases, such credits will not be listed as transfer credits on the student’s GSPIA transcript, and will count only as free electives. The final decision on course acceptability rests with the GSPIA director of student services and the University of Pittsburgh Registrar.

Statute of Limitations

The purpose of the statute of limitations is to ensure that a graduate degree from GSPIA represents mastery of current knowledge in the student’s field of study.
Requirements for the professional master’s degrees must be completed within a period of five consecutive calendar years from the students’ initial registration for graduate study. Joint degrees that require coursework in excess of 50 credits may be granted a longer statute of limitations.

Under exceptional circumstances a candidate may apply for an extension of the statute of limitations. The request must be approved by the division director and submitted to the dean for final action. Each student who requests an extension of the statute of limitations must be prepared to demonstrate proper preparation for the completion of all current degree requirements.

Advising and Career Services

Academic Advising: Each student is assigned a faculty advisor based on, whenever possible, the compatibility of student and faculty academic interests. Faculty advisors assure that students, through proper course selection, can make productive use of the resources of the school and the University during their period of residence. In addition, faculty advisors are responsible for counseling their advisees about career opportunities in the student’s area of study; for counseling advisees who have been placed on probation; and for approving the advisee’s school-wide required and elective courses, proposed thesis or dissertation topics, and supervised internships. Advisors and students monitor academic progress and identify areas where corrective action on the part of students may be required. It is essential, therefore, that students consult periodically with their advisors. Unless students subsequently request a change, faculty members originally assigned will continue as advisors throughout the students’ program of study. If, however, a change in faculty advisor is requested, students must obtain the signed approval of the new advisors. . Based on a student-focused approach, we provide students with a Graduate Enrollment Counselor who serves as the first point of contact for class registration, financial aid application and preparation for graduation. Additionally, graduate enrollment counselors support students by providing information necessary to navigate the logistical challenges of graduate school and connect students to resources at the University of Pittsburgh.

Professional Development and Career Services: GSPIA places great emphasis on assisting students in determining the best and most appropriate positions available. In addition to faculty advisors, the school provides resources and guidance for students throughout their course of study as they devise strategies to identify professional opportunities. Among the many services offered through the Office of Career Services are individual career advising, internship and job search assistance, and a series of career-related workshops and special events. Extensive reference materials on jobs, fellowships, and internships are made available in a variety of ways, including Career Connections, GSPIA’s online career management system for students and alumni. Workshops cover such topics as resume preparation, job search strategies, negotiation skills, networking, and using technology in securing employment. Special events include Foreign Service information sessions, mock interviews for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, an internship fair, and networking events with alumni, foundations, and agency representatives on campus and in Washington, D.C. All students are required to participate in the Professional Development Program. In this course, students will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to begin to plan their career and internship searches. This graduation requirement covers job search techniques, resume and cover letter review, interviewing skills, internship and company searches and much more.

Major and Degree Options

GSPIA offers the following degrees:

Master of Public Administration (MPA), including majors in:

Energy & Environment
Governance & International Public Management
Policy Research & Analysis
Public & Nonprofit Management
Urban Affairs & Planning

This is a 48 credit program.  The average length of time normally required to obtain this degree is 2 years. 

Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA), including majors in:

International Political Economy
Security and Intelligence Studies
Human Security

This is a 48 credit program.  The average length of time normally required to obtain this degree is 2 years. 

Master of International Development (MID), including majors in:

Human Security
Urban Affairs & Planning
Governance and International Public Management
Energy & Environment
Nongovernmental Organizations & Civil Society

This is a 48 credit program.  The average length of time normally required to obtain this degree is 2 years. 

Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) –

     Traditional ccelerated mid-career master program or

     Online mid-career master program

     This is a 30 credit program.  The average length of time normally required to obtain this degree is 2 years.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Joint degrees


Students have the flexibility to customize their education as any major can be taken as a minor. Adding a minor will help differentiate your education, deepen your knowledge base and broaden professional marketability. Each minor consists of a 9-credit sequence of courses within your chosen subject area. This is taken in addition to general required courses and courses for your major area of study. Any course taken to fulfill a requirement for your degree or major cannot count towards your minor. A course my not be double-counted. An approved course must be substituted.

MID, MPIA, and MPA students may select a minor from among the nine listed below.

Civil Security & Disaster Management
Governance & International Public Management
Energy & Environment
International Political Economy
Nongovernmental Organizations & Civil Society
Policy Research & Analysis
Public & Nonprofit Management
Security & Intelligence Studies
Urban Affairs & Planning

Joint Degrees

GSPIA students may pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously, through GSPIA’s partnerships with other professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh (and two foreign universities). Joint programs reduce the number of credits needed for each degree, allowing students to earn two master’s degrees in just three years, or a master’s degree and a law degree in just four years.

To participate in a joint degree program, students apply separately to both schools, and must meet all of the usual admissions requirements (including entrance exams like the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT, where applicable). If admitted to both schools, students spend one full year in GSPIA followed by a second full year in the other program (or vice versa). During the third and/or fourth year, they spend a minimum of one additional term in GSPIA, earning a total of 36 GSPIA credits.

Although it is possible to apply to both schools at the same time, currently enrolled students may still apply for a joint degree as long as they have not yet completed on year 9or, in the case of current law students, two years) of full-time study.

Full-time students in the MPA, MPIA, or MID programs are eligible to participate in the following joint programs:

Juris Doctor with University of Pittsburgh School of Law: The joint JD allows students to combine the study of law and policy, preparing them equally well for employment in the judicial or executive branches of government. Graduates are positioned to work in international law firms, nonprofit advocacy, and in public or nonprofit agencies that require knowledge of legal issues such as refugee services and the Department of Justice. Pitt Law School also partners with GSPIA in the University of Pittsburgh’s Washington Center.

Master of Business Administration with University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business – MPIA and MID students only: Combining a GSPIA degree with an MBA opens many opportunities for a career in international finance, government financial regulation, or multinational corporations. Students with both degrees are highly marketable in the fields of international business and international economic policy.

Master of Public Health with University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health: Students pursuing a joint MPH gain a unique perspective on public management, government responses to epidemics, and the effect of sanitation on international development. They study health policy and the science behind it, both at the local level and on the world stage, where disease recognizes no borders. Graduates are employed by medical relief agencies, nonprofit organizations that distribute vaccines, and government authorities responsible for protecting society from epidemics.

Master of Social Work with University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work: Today’s community building arena demands well-trained professionals across a wider array of skills and systems than one degree program may offer. That’s why the joint degree program between GSPIA and School of Social Work provides students with focused professional education in the community building arena to prepare them for careers in non-profit and government organizations, community development, social policy, and urban and regional affairs.

Master of Science in Information Science with University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science: The joint MSIS degree allows GSPIA students to combine the study of public management and information technology management, at a time when both fields are increasingly interconnected. Students are prepared to pursue public or nonprofit-sector careers that require strong knowledge of modern information systems.

International Organizations MBA with University of Geneva, Switzerland – MPIA and MID students only: In this unique program, students spend one year in Pittsburgh followed by a year in Switzerland. There, they pursue an internship in Geneva’s thriving diplomatic community while completing the requirements for the University of Geneva’s IO-MBA, a unique management program which focuses on the needs of international organizations. After returning to Pittsburgh for one semester, students receive degrees from both universities. Both degrees are taught in English.

Joint Degrees at Kobe University, Japan: Through a special partnership, students may combine their GSPIA degrees with one of several degrees offered by the Graduate School of International Cooperative Studies at Kobe University: the Master of International Affairs, Master of Laws, Master of Economics, or Master of Political Science. The Kobe GSICS curriculum is in English.

Early Admission Program for Pitt undergraduate students to complete their bachelor’s degree while working on a master’s degree at GSPIA. Once a student has completed 24 credits in GSPIA, they may apply and obtain their bachelor’s degree.

To be eligible undergraduate University of Pittsburgh students must be enrolled in The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or the College of General Studies, be in good academic standing with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, have a minimum of 96 credits, have completed all Skills and General Education requirements and have no “I” or “G” grades.

Applicants must submit an online application through, in essay #3 make reference that you are applying for the Early Admission Program, submit a letter from your Academic/Faculty Advisor stating that you have completed all courses in your major(s). Dietrich SAS applicants must submit a letter from Ms. Susan Crain, Dietrich SAS office of the Dean, stating that they satisfy the above eligibility requirements and may enter our masters program. CGS applicants must submit a letter from Timothy Carr, 459A Cathedral of Learning, stating that they satisfy the above eligibility requirements and may enter our masters program.

Special Academic Opportunities/Programs

GSPIA offers a variety of academic programs to complement the degree programs offered, including area studies, exchange programs, and research and travel grants.

Centers, Institutes and Initiatives

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies – educates the next generation of security analysts and produces scholarship and impartial analysis that informs the options available to policymakers who must confront diverse challenges to international and human security on a global scale.

The Ford Institute for Human Security – conducts research that focuses on a series of transnational threats to the human rights of civilian populations and makes independent research and policy papers available to both domestic and international policymakers.

The Center for Metropolitan Studies – connects the academic programs at GSPIA with state and local governments, federal agencies, regional governance institutions, and nonprofit organizations in the United States to address real time problems they are confronting.

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership – reaffirms GSPIA’s commitment to creating ethical leaders and provides an institutional platform from which to launch an innovative program of teaching, research, and public service on issues of ethics and accountability in all areas of public life.

Center for Disaster Management – provides a school-wide focus to support research, education, and training projects that focus on extreme events. The goal of the Center is to develop a coherent approach for research and analysis on policy issues related to disaster risk reduction and management that cross inter-organizational, interdisciplinary, and inter-jurisdictional boundaries.

Shale Gas Governance Center – The mission of the Shale Gas Governance Center is to promote research, teaching and outreach on the governance issues posed in Pennsylvania, the United States and around the world by the emergence of the “shale gas revolution.

The Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series – promotes discussion and understanding of key issues related to diversity in public service. The series features at least two lectures per year in honor of the late Roscoe Robinson Jr, the first African American, U.S. Army four-star general.

The Philanthropy Forum – provides a university-based platform for national dialogue with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and engages in significant research on the history and contemporary contributions of philanthropy to our local, national, and global communities.

International Political Economy Colloquium (IPEC) – provides a forum for IPE scholars to present their best new works in progress.

Pittsburgh International Trade and Development Seminar Series – is a joint undertaking sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Economics, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz College.

The Governance Group is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on governance, institutional design and program evaluation. A joint initiative of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and the Department of Political Science, the Group is comprised of over a dozen faculty members from five different departments with the University.

The Symposium on Political Violence is a joint undertaking sponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the Department of Political Science, and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security at the University of Pittsburgh. The Symposium provides a forum both for external scholars and for faculty and graduate students in GSPIA and the Department of Political Science at Pitt to present their research on political science.

Area Studies

The University of Pittsburgh is home to several internationally recognized area studies centers. Many of these centers have been designated National Resource Centers (NRCs) by the US Department of Education, certifying their status as leading centers of their kind in the United States. The NRCs sponsor numerous programs and offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for which GSPIA students (U.S. citizens only) are eligible. The area studies centers and programs include:
◾ African Studies
◾Asian Studies Center
◾Center for Latin American Studies
◾Center for Russian and East European Studies
◾European Studies Center

In addition, UCIS is home to a European Union Center of Excellence, one of only ten so designated and partially funded by the European Union in the United States. The Study Abroad Office and the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs round out the UCIS component programs.

UCIS offers graduate certificates that GSPIA students can pursue concurrently with their degrees, allowing them to focus their studies on a particular region or theme. UCIS’s constituent units offer nine certificate programs. It is normally possible to complete the requirements for a GSPIA master’s degree and a UCIS certificate in two years. For further information, see UCIS’ section of this catalog.

GSPIA Programs Abroad

GSPIA has developed a number of international partnerships that offer students the possibility to study abroad for a regular academic term, during the summer, or-in a double degree program-for an entire year or more:

International Organizations MBA in Geneva, Switzerland

This program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree from GSPIA as well as an IO-MBA from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 28 months. Students spend a year in Geneva and normally pursue an internship in Europe at an international organization. This is an ideal option for anyone interested in working at the United Nations or a similar multilateral body. Coursework is in English.

Summer Studying the EU in Brussels, Belgium

This program enables GSPIA students to earn credits toward their degree while studying EU policies and interacting with EU officials at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Courses are taught in English.

International Development and Asian Affairs in Kobe, Japan

This program enables students to earn a Certificate in International Development and Asian Affairs from GSICS at Kobe University while completing their masters degree from GSPIA.

 Public Administration and/or International Studies in Seoul, Korea

This program enables students to earn credits toward their GSPIA degree by taking courses in the Graduate School of Public Administration and/or the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University. Coursework can be completed in English or Korean.

Public Policy and International Affairs in Paris, France

This program enables students to earn credits toward their GSPIA degree by taking courses at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (in French), or at its English-language wing, the Paris School of International Affairs.

Government or Political Science in Bogota, Colombia

This program enables students to earn credits toward their GSPIA degree by taking courses at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Andes, one of Latin America’s leading institutions. Coursework is in Spanish.

Public Management in Nanjing, China

This program enables students to earn credits toward their GSPIA degree by taking courses at Nanjing University’s School of Public Management. Coursework is in Chinese.

International Relations, Madrid, Spain

This program allows students to earn credits toward their GSPIA degree by taking courses at the School of International Relations, IE University. Coursework is in English.

Budget permitting, each year the Office of the Dean and the school’s academic programs make available small grants to students. Uses for these grants can include attending professional development conferences, presenting papers, and supporting internships and study abroad activities. These grants are awarded through a highly competitive selection process.

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