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Heinz College is a public policy school unlike any in the world, dedicated to solving problems at the nexus of people, policy, and technology. Heinz College provides students with the analytics, technology, and policy skills necessary to solve complex societal issues in an increasingly connected world. Our research excellence and expertise in data analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment management.

Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College is the ideal school for future leaders who are concerned about societal consequences, who are excited by data and technology driven insights, and who ultimately want to change the world for the better.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM), available in five pathways (see below)
Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management (MSHCPM)
Master of Science in Health Care Analytics and Information Technology (MSHCA)
Master of Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM)
Master of Arts Management (MAM)
Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM)
Master of Information Systems Management (MISM)
Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
Ph.D. in Information Systems and Management
Part-Time and Online options available

Pittsburgh (Two-Year): Our flagship two-year public policy and management program in Pittsburgh. The traditional two-year MSPPM experience offers you a challenging policy, management, and technical curriculum, with the greatest flexibility in elective coursework.

Public Policy & Data Analytics: Our most quantitatively rigorous MSPPM pathway with an intensive public policy analytics curriculum, training you to turn raw data into solutions for society’s most pressing problems.

Washington, DC: Spend your first year in Pittsburgh, and your second year living and working full-time in our nation’s capital, building your network and mastering policy analysis. For students with their sights set on public service roles in D.C.

Fast Track: Includes most elements from our standard two-year MSPPM program in a shortened three-semester format for students with significant work experience.

Global: Complete the first year of your MSPPM in beautiful Adelaide, Australia, gaining a unique international perspective before joining us in Pittsburgh for year two.

We have dual degree partnerships in place with Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business (MSPPM-MBA, MSHCPM-MBA), the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (MSPPM-JD, MSISPM-JD, MAM-JD), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (MSPPM-MDiv), and the University of Bologna, Italy (MAM-GIOCA [Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts]).

Graduate Program Overview

Technology is impacting everything we do, from the way we live our lives to the way we do business, from the way we connect with others to the way we monitor our own health, from the way we analyze our surroundings to the way we navigate our world.

Policy defines priorities and guides action. The creation, deployment, and re-visioning of smart policies through rigorous inquiry and evidence-based decision-making has always been a key component of human innovation and progress.

Policy and technology have historically been separate domains, but more and more the lines between the two—and the demands they place on each other—are blurring. And of critical interest is how this impacts People.

The next generation of leaders must deeply understand this critical point of intersection: People, policy, and technology. The connections between the three define our time, and will continue to shape the future of humankind.

At Heinz College, we’ve understood this since our founding. Our first Dean, William W. Cooper, had a vision of educating leaders for "intelligent action,” and this is still our primary objective. In our educational programs, we accomplish this through a foundation of data analytics, technology, and experiential learning.

Students in the Heinz College MSPPM program can elect an optional concentration in one of the following policy areas:
• Cybersecurity & Management
• Energy Systems & Public Policy
• Environmental Policy
• Financial Management & Analysis
• Health Policy
• International Trade & Development
• Management
• Policy Analysis
• Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Urban and Regional Economic Development

Students in the Heinz College MISM program can elect an optional concentration in one of the following areas of technical specialty:
• Managing AI & Robotics
• Digital Marketing & Commerce
• Business Intelligence
• IT Strategy & Management
• Health Care Informatics

Admissions Deadline

January 10


Admissions Overview

Heinz College seeks students who are intellectually curious and have a passion for political and social issues, as well as an eye toward how technology is changing the world around us. We look for students who are well rounded and want to rethink what’s possible in policy and management contexts. A Heinz College education will focus your passion through programs grounded in effective evidence-based management techniques and problem-solving skills, preparing you to have an impact in whatever field you choose.

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Contact Information

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

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