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University of Pittsburgh - 225 Years of Building Better Lives

Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

GSPIA's mission is to prepare leaders with the skills, vision and knowledge to build a better world. Founded on and committed to the values of public service, diversity and excellence, GSPIA provides preeminent research and educational programs in public and international affairs. With our nearly 8,000 alumni worldwide, GSPIA’s collective mind makes a difference every day in careers spanning all sectors—public, private and nonprofit.

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One of Ten
Founding Members

#16 top
U.S. master's programs
for international relations,
Foreign Policy, 2009

GSPIA’s Washington Connection has three components: a semester-long program of study; a new Center offering services to GSPIA students and alumni; and a network of alumni in scores of offices throughout the nation’s capital.

Terrorism expert Colin Clarke, (PhD ’12), an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, recently shared his views about the threat of ISIS to the United States with Fox News, and The Washington Post. GSPIA Associate Professor Michael Kenney also discussed the threat of ISIS relating to the recent arrests of Islamic radicals in Great Britain with Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter Andrew Conte. In another appearance, Kenney sat down with NightTalk host Ellis Cannon for a conversation about the United States' involvement in the war against ISIS. 

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The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs announces the release of the 2014 edition of GSPIA Perspectives. The year’s magazine features the School's new Energy & Environment major (E&E) while exploring the politics and policies of the worldwide energy industry. Pittsburgh is a global epicenter of one of the biggest energy revolutions of the 21st century - the shale gas boom. 

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With the start of the 2014-15 school year, GSPIA welcomes three new professors boasting not only impressive academic achievements but also significant professional experience. The three professors, Frank Hofmann, Jeremy Weber, and Meredith Wilf, are well equipped to provide students with a sound theoretical foundation, while sharing their practical experience from the field.

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The Office of Career Services will host Richard Sherman from OIS at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Wed. Oct. 15 in Posvar Hall, room 3610.  Mr. Sherman will discuss how international students can receive work authorization during their academic programs. Topics will include: volunteering, on-campus employment, and Curricular Practical Training. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.


GSPIA's Office of Career Services will host an internship information session with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services at 1:30 p.m., Wed. October 15, in room 3610 Posvar Hall.


GSPIA's Office of Career Services will hold an information session for students registered in the peer mentoring program at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in Posvar Hall room 3911.


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260