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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.

Associate Professor Michael Kenney was recently the guest expert on WPXI’s NightTalk, a nightly news show hosted by Ellis Cannon.  Kenney discussed the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the United States, and analyzed the current US actions against the terrorist organization.

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One of the main innovations triggered by our recent five-year strategic planning process was the launch of a new major to address the policy implications of energy and environmental issues both within our region and around the globe. The Energy and Environment (E&E) major was inspired by the fact that Pittsburgh has emerged as a global epicenter of the most important energy revolution of the 21st Century: the shale gas boom.

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Moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd will host GSPIA alumnus Bill Peduto, MPPM '11,  at 10 a.m., Sunday, September 7. According to the media release, Mayor Peduto will discuss how he and other mayors are leading change in cities across the United States. Mayor Peduto will be joined in the discussion by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

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Purposeful Penny will host it's annual 5K run to raise funds for Bright Kids Uganda and Urban Impact Foundation at 9:30 a.m., Sat., Sept. 21 at the Bartlett Pavilion in Schenley Park.


The University of Pittsburgh Fall Career Fair will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wed., Sept. 24, at the Petersen Events Center. The annual Pitt Fall Career Fair will feature more than 600 employers with job and internship openings! Whether you are a second year student thinking about life after GSPIA, or a new GSPIAn just starting to think about internship possibilities, the Pitt Career Fair provides career and networking opportunities for all GSPIAns.  To register, click here.


The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host a conference entitled "Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from WW I for Crisis Management in the Twenty-First Century" from 9 am - 3 pm, Thur. Sept. 25 at the University Club, Ballroom B.


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