Details at a Glance
To tackle society’s most pressing issues, a firm understanding of policy is essential, but so are the technological and analytical foundations to create the right solutions—and the management prowess to deploy those solutions for maximum impact.
Heinz College is a public policy school like no other. Our Master of Science in Public Policy & Management (MSPPM) program builds well-rounded thinkers prepared to solve problems at the nexus of technology and society. You will emerge a leader with the ability to convert data into evidence-based action for a better world.
Some of the world’s greatest challenges, that our faculty, students, and alumni are working to solve:
· Blocking the financing of terrorism and human trafficking
· Predicting societal impacts of legal cannabis
· Combating the opioid crisis through smart counter measures
· Reducing homicide rates using machine learning
· Eradicating food waste and hunger with mobile technology
· Making algorithms more transparent and fair
These are just a few examples. MSPPM graduates work across the public sector (including government at all levels, military, and national security), with non-profits of all sizes, with international agencies and NGOs, and with private consulting firms.
In addition to MSPPM, Heinz College offers master’s degrees in Health Care Policy & Management, Health Care Analytics & Information Technology, Information Systems Management, Information Security Policy & Management, Arts Management, and Entertainment Industry Management, as well as part-time and online programs.
The MSPPM program is available in five distinct pathways—our flagship two-year and three-semester programs in Pittsburgh, our award-winning Public Policy & Data Analytics program, our Washington D.C. option for those seeking an immersion in policy analysis in our nation’s capital, and our exciting Global track which begins in Adelaide, Australia. The MSPPM program also features 11 defined concentrations including Environmental Policy, Cybersecurity, Public and Nonprofit Finance, and Smart Communities.
MSPPM students share a passion for collaboration, strong critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity. However, individual social, national, and educational backgrounds are quite varied. Quantitative abilities vary upon entry, but all MSPPM graduates emerge from the program with confidence in their ability to use data in problem solving.
Some MSPPM pathways have different application requirements. Please review each program’s requirements before beginning your online application. Please visit our website (heinz.cmu.edu) for more information.
Clubs & Associations
We invite Heinz College students to be the architect of their own grad school experience. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved in campus life outside of the classroom, from joining one of CMU's more than 350 student organizations, to using your student ID to take in a discounted theater performance featuring Carnegie Mellon’s rising Broadway stars.
The following is a list of graduate student organizations or publications you can join. For a complete, searchable list of student organizations on the Carnegie Mellon campus, click here.