Undergraduate Opportunities

GSPIA is a graduate school, but there are still plenty of opportunities for University of Pittsburgh undergraduates to get involved. Explore and discover your perfect fit below.

Cross Registration for Pitt Undergrads

Want to know what it’s really like to be a GSPIA student? Nothing beats taking an actual GSPIA class! University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who want to challenge themselves by taking a graduate-level course are welcome to enroll in a GSPIA class. Be sure to talk to your undergraduate advisor to confirm that the class makes sense for your career and interests, and contact gspia@pitt.edu for a permission number that will allow you to register.


Most GSPIA events, conferences, and guest speakers are open to everyone in the University of Pittsburgh community. Visit the GSPIA calendar (link here) to see a list of upcoming events!

4+1 Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree for Pitt Undergrads

Can’t wait to start your career in public and international affairs? Highly motivated Pitt undergraduates can apply to GSPIA early during their third (junior) year of college, and graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a total of five years.

  • Save Time! Earn both degrees in five years instead of the usual six.
  • Save Money! You will pay undergraduate tuition for your first four years, and your undergraduate financial aid will typically apply. You will pay graduate tuition in year five, and may be eligible for graduate financial aid.

This program is open to you if you are a student in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences or College of General Studies, have completed at least 96 credits, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Any major is appropriate. You should be finished with virtually all of your gen ed and major requirements, leaving only your electives.  

If accepted, you will spend your fourth (senior) year taking your first 24 GSPIA credits while finishing any remaining undergraduate requirements (ideally no more than 3-6 credits). At the end of year four, you will graduate with your bachelor’s degree on schedule. In year five, you will finish your remaining 24 GSPIA credits and graduate with your master’s degree.

Interested in applying? First, talk to your undergraduate advisor to make sure you are eligible, and make an appointment with a GSPIA admissions counselor to discuss the program (gspia@pitt.edu). Submit a complete application to GSPIA by February 1 of your junior year, and be sure to check the box to indicate that you are applying for the 4+1 accelerated program. One of your two letters of recommendation must be written by Susan Crain in the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, confirming that you are eligible for the program.

Pitt 2 Pitt Scholarships for University of Pittsburgh Alumni

Are you a graduating senior at the University of Pittsburgh? If you apply to a GSPIA master’s program, you will be considered for a special Pitt2Pitt scholarship. This $5,000 (out-of-state) or $2,500 (in-state) scholarship is a one-time award for qualified Pitt alumni who choose to continue their education at GSPIA immediately after graduating with their bachelor’s degree. To be considered, you must be planning to enroll full-time in the MPA, MID, or MPIA programs and must have graduated from Pitt the same year you plan to enroll at GSPIA. If offered the award, you will be notified shortly after admission.

Guaranteed Admission for Pitt Undergraduates

Exceptionally talented high school students who apply and are accepted to the University of Pittsburgh as undergraduates can be offered guaranteed admission to GSPIA, provided that they enroll and graduate from Pitt with a bachelor’s degree. If you are a high school student interested in this program, please contact the University of Pittsburgh Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

If you were offered guaranteed admission to GSPIA as high school student, your guarantee will apply as long as you meet the terms in your original letter and apply to GSPIA within three years of graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Public Service Major (College of General Studies)

The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies offers a major in public service. GSPIA provides many of the faculty for this program. This is an excellent opportunity for Pitt undergraduates who are interested in nonprofit management and leadership. If you are interested in majoring in public service as an undergraduate, please contact the College of General Studies.