University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs
TypePublic
Established1957
DeanJohn T.S. Keeler
Academic staff
103
Postgraduates400
Location, ,
CampusOakland (Main)
Websitewww.gspia.pitt.edu

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is one of 17 schools comprising the University of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1957 to study national and international public administration, GSPIA prides itself on its "Local to Global" distinction.[1] As of 2018, it is one of only two policy schools with programs in the top 20 for both International Relations (Foreign Policy, 2015[2]) and City Management and Urban Policy (U.S. News and World Report, 2018[3]). The current mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, is a GSPIA alumnus.[4]

GSPIA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The school is located in Wesley W. Posvar Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In July 2007, John T. S. Keeler took over as dean, replacing Carolyn Ban, who resigned in August 2006.[5][6]

History

GSPIA's home on the third floor of Posvar Hall
GSPIA's home on the third floor of Posvar Hall

In 1957, GSPIA was founded by Donald C. Stone in an effort to promote the study of national and international public administration, and to recognize the growing significance of public policy in the global context, and was soon after noted for its breadth and scope.[7] Stone's philosophy included promoting the notion of "citizenship" and encouraged his colleagues, students, and friends to make government better, to make administrations more effective, and to provide responsible leadership and stewardship for future generations. Stone's public service career included developing procedures for the Civil Works Administration and planning and implementing the Works Progress Administration. He helped draft the United Nations Charter and his efforts were instrumental in the success of the Marshall Plan in rebuilding Europe after the Second World War.

Demographics

Academics

GSPIA offers several degree and certificate programs.

Degree programs

GSPIA offers several graduate degrees relative to public affairs. Full-time students can complete most master's degree programs within 16 months of study, however, programs can be completed on part-time basis. The MPPM degree is designed for mid-career professionals, and can usually be completed in one year of full-time study. The following is a list of degrees and focuses currently available through GSPIA.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall

GSPIA has recently added the Peace Corps Master's International (MI) track that enables students to earn a master's degree in public health and also volunteer with the Peace Corps. This program blends classroom learning with real-world experience for students interested in a career in global health.[10][11]

Additionally, GSPIA offers several joint degree programs with other schools within the University of Pittsburgh, as well as with universities within the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. The following are a list of available joint degree programs available to students at GSPIA.

Certificate programs

Commons Room in the Cathedral of Learning (study location near GSPIA)
Commons Room in the Cathedral of Learning (study location near GSPIA)

Certificates from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) can usually be obtained without requiring additional credit hours, and demonstrate a focus in a particular field of study. The University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh is home to four internationally recognized area studies centers. Each one has been designated a National Resource Center by the United States Department of Education, certifying their status as leading centers of their kind in the United States. The University Center for International Studies offers Area Studies certificates in the following areas:[12]

In a joint partnership between GSPIA and UCIS, students can also obtain a certificate in Global Studies. A certificate in Global Studies provides students with 'global competence.' Global Studies certificate students choose one of the following six global issues concentrations and unite it with the study of a particular region and language:[12]

Rankings

GSPIA is one of only two schools to have two National Academy of Public Administration fellows elected in one year (William Dunn and Dean John Keeler).[13] It is also one of nine schools to have produced at least two Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration presidents.[1]

Research centers & institutes

The Graduate School of Public & International Affairs is home to several research institutes and centers.

Special programs

GSPIA student organizations

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "GSPIA Facts". GSPIA. GSPIA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The Best International Relations Schools in the World". Foreign Policy. 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  3. ^ a b c d "Best Grad Schools: City Management and Urban Policy". US News & World Report. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  4. ^ "It's Official: Pittsburgh has a New Mayor--Bill Peduto, MPPM '11". GSPIA. GSPIA News. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  5. ^ mac10.umc.pitt.edu
  6. ^ Hill, Robert (27 February 2007). "Chair of the European Union Studies Association Named New Dean of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs". University of Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh News Services. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Pitt Graduate School Given Special Honor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA. 1961-06-30. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  8. ^ "About the University of Pittsburgh". GSPIA: Prospective Students. GSPIA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.gspia.pitt.edu/Alumni.aspx
  10. ^ "University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public Health: Peace Corps Master's International Track". Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  11. ^ "GSPH, Peace Corps join forces". University Times. 2009-02-05. Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  12. ^ a b "Area Studies". GSPIA. GSPIA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  13. ^ "GSPIA Dean and Faculty Member named as NAPA Fellows". GSPIA Perspectives. 7: 42. August 2015.
  14. ^ "About Ford". Ford Institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Centers, Institutes and Initiatives". GSPIA. GSPIA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Center for Metropolitan Studies Home". Center for Metropolitan Studies. GSPIA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Center for Disaster Management at GSPIA: About Us". University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  18. ^ "Roscoe Robinson Memorial Lecture Home". Roscoe Robinson Memorial Lecture Series. GSPIA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  19. ^ "2008 GSPIA Student Cabinet".
  20. ^ "Agora".
  21. ^ "Student Organizations". University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  22. ^ "Out in Policy Homepage". Out in Policy Facebook Group. Facebook. Retrieved 8 September 2015.

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