University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

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name = University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

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established = 1957
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head = John T.S. Keeler
city = Pittsburgh
state = Pennsylvania
country = USA
campus = Oakland (Main)
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The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is one of 17 schools comprising the University of Pittsburgh. The school was founded in 1957 by professor Donald 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. GSPIA consistently ranks as one of the "Top 25 Schools of Public Affairs" in the United States. [ [] ] It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. 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. [ [] ]


GSPIA offers several graduate degrees relative to public affairs. Full-time students can complete most masters 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.
*MPA - Master of Public Administration
**"Public and Nonprofit Management"
**"Urban and Regional Affairs"
**"Policy Research and Analysis"
*MPIA - Master of Public & International Affairs
**"Security and Intelligence Studies"
**"Human Security"
**"Global Political Economy"
*MID - Master of International Development
**"Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society"
**"Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability"
**"Human Security"
*MPPM - Master of Public Policy & Management (Mid-Career)
*PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
**"Development Policy"
**"Foreign and Security Policy"
**"International Political Economy"
**"Public Administration"
**"Public Policy"

Additionally, GPSIA 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.
*MPA,MPIA,or MID & Master of Public Health (MPH)
*MPIA or MID & Master of Business Administration (MBA)
*MPA,MPIA,or MID & Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)
*MPA,MPIA,or MID & Juris Doctor (JD)
*MPA,MPIA,or MID & Master of Social Work (MSW)


*GSPIA employs over 35 full-time faculty members, 22 staff members, and boasts a 14:1 student/faculty ratio. [ [] ] Currently, there are over 6,000 GSPIA alumni, 1,400 of which are in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

*Entering Class Bio-Demographics (Fall 2006):
**80% Full time
**20% Part time
**51% Female
**49% Male
**62% In-state (Pennsylvania)
**38% Out of state
**Countries Represented: Bangladesh, Bosnia, Brazil, Burundi, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Turkey.


Students can also pursue certificates in area studies from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). Certificates can usually be obtained without requiring additional credit hours, and demonstrates 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:
*East Asia
*Latin America
*Russia and Eastern Europe
*Western Europe

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:
*Changing Identities in a Global World
*Communication, Technology, and Society
*Conflict and Conflict Resolution
*Global Health
*Globalized Economy and Global Governance
*Sustainable Development


*Top 15 Master's program in International Relations, Foreign Policy Magazine, 2007

*Top 25 Public Policy Programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2004

*11th nationally for Nonprofit Management, U.S. News & World Report, 2004

Research centers & institutes

The Graduate School of Public & International Affairs is home to several research institutes and centers. Each of the institutes have an individualized focus and contribute to national discussion and debate.

*The Ford Institute for Human Security [ [] ] was established at the University of Pittsburgh as a result of a generous endowment gift made by Ford Motor Company. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research that focuses on a series of transnational threats to the human rights of civilian populations, The Institute's purpose is to generate independent research, disseminate policy papers, and advocate nonpartisan policy proposals available to both domestic and international policymakers.
*The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security [ [] ] is dedicated to educating the next generation of security analysts and to producing 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 Ridgway research program is designed to analyze the complex security dynamics of the 21st century global environment, concentrating on rapidly evolving and emerging security threats.
*The GSPIA Nonprofit Clinic [ [] ] provides technical and capacity building assistance to small nonprofits to enable them to become high-performing organizations. The clinic is an integral part of the School's nonprofit management instructional program by utilizing teams of students and faculty in providing assistance in the areas of strategic management, marketing, fund development, board development, human resources planning, and financial analysis. The demand for the Clinic's services continues to grow as its visibility increases.
*The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership [ [] ] strives to promote ethical leadership, 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. The Johnson Institute works with GSPIA faculty to developing materials for teaching about ethics and accountability and broadening the coverage of these topics in the various required courses in GSPIA's core curriculum. It also seeks to recognize outstanding research that identifies emerging issues of ethics and accountability, advances the state of knowledge on these topics, and offers practical guidance to public service professionals and citizens. In addition, the Johnson Institute facilitates public dialogue and community learning on timely issues related to ethics and accountability.

GSPIA student organizations

*GSPIA Student Cabinet [ [] ]
*AGORA - Professional & Academic Development [ [] ]
*Public Speaking & Debate Club [ [] ]


In 1957, GSPIA was founded by Donald C. Stone. Professor Stone was a man who dedicated his life to public service. He promoted 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 remarkable 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.


External links

* [ Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA)]
* [ University of Pittsburgh]
* [ Ford Institute for Human Security]
* [ Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security]
* [ Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs]
* [ University Center for International Studies]
* [ Global Studies Program]
* [ Asian Studies Center]
* [ Center for Latin American Studies]
* [ Center for Russian & Eastern European Studies]
* [ European Studies Center]

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