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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Law and Public Policy and Management (Carnegie Mellon), JD/MSPPM

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Heinz College offer a joint-degree program designed to train students for careers in which management, public policy and law overlap.  A successful partnership that has been in existence for over a decade, this program offers students a comprehensive education that marries the analytic and quantitative strength of the Heinz School with the rigorous legal training afforded by the School of Law. This joint degree offering is particularly beneficial to many students’ careers since legal considerations affect many public management and policy decisions, and the practice of law is enhanced by a clear understanding of public policy and management concerns. Participants of the program emerge with a broad knowledge of the fundamental intersections of law, government, policy analysis and management. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of this program allows for practical skill sets to solve economic and social problems that require technological, managerial, and legal expertise.

The joint-degree program is designed to be completed in eight semesters over four academic years instead of the five years required if pursued separately. Students interested in the joint degree program can pursue both programs simultaneously. During the first year, students study at either the Heinz School or the School of Law, taking the standard first-year curriculum of the respective school. The second year involves full-time study at the other school. For the third and fourth years, students take courses at both schools. In order to graduate with both degrees, students have to fulfill both schools’ degree requirements.


University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Office of Admissions
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 648-1413

Faculty Advisor
Michael J. Madison
Professor of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 648-7855

School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-2164
(800) 977-3498

Curriculum & Requirements

The Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Law School have different degree requirements. Carnegie Mellon courses are counted in units and University of Pittsburgh courses are counted in credits. A 12-unit course is the equivalent of a 4-credit course. To fulfill the program requirements for the Law School, students have to complete 88 credits while the Heinz School requires 198 units for the MSPPM degree. Students in the joint degree program are able to transfer 30 units to the Heinz School degree after completing their JD degree and 14 credits to the JD degree after completing their MSPPM degree.

Students are required to register for a minimum of one class per semester at Heinz College during years 3 and 4 in order to qualify for the transfer of credits between institutions. A full listing of the requirements for graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law can be found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Before selecting courses for each program, students are required to meet with their Academic Advisors at both programs to map out a course of study. In addition to the course work for both programs, Heinz School students are required to complete a summer internship after their first year at the Heinz School. Students can receive assistance from the Career Services Office in securing an internship.

Since degrees in the joint programs are awarded concurrently, it is important to note that a student who resigns from one program will be subject to all the requirements for graduation from the remaining degree program.


For detailed term-specific course descriptions, please go to the Schedule of Classes Course Lists on the Law School web site.

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