Professional Master's Degrees

The University of Pittsburgh, through its professional schools, offers the following master's degrees in professional fields of study: Master of Business Administration, Master of Dental Science, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Education, Master of Energy Resources, Master of Health Administration, Master of Health Promotion and Education, Master of Science in Information Science, Master of International Business, Master of Law, Master of Library Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Physical Therapy, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of Public Works, Master of Social Work, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Telecommunications, Master of Urban and Regional Planning. The specific programs authorized to offer these degrees are listed in the Appendix.

....Programs of Study
....Credit Requirements
....Additional Requirements
....Student Assessment

Programs of Study

The professional master's degree programs are generally similar to those for the MA and MS except that they emphasize instruction in professional affairs and practice and serve as preparation for careers in the professions. The program of study should be a coherent program designed to assure the mastery of specified knowledge and skills, rather than a random accumulation of a certain number of courses. The overall form and content of the student's program of study is the responsibility of the student's department or school. To carry out this responsibility, each student must be assigned a major adviser, who, in consultation with the student, plans a program of study and research in accord with school and departmental guidelines.

At least one-half of the credits earned in a master's degree program must be at the graduate level (the 2000 or 3000 series). No courses numbered below 1000 or from 7000 to 7999 may be applied toward graduate degree requirements.

Master's degrees are conferred only on those students who have completed all course requirements with at least a 3.00 QPA.

Departments are expected to provide students with a copy of school and departmental regulations appropriate for their programs. Students are expected to become familiar with these and to satisfy all prescribed degree requirements.

Credit Requirements

The professional master's degrees normally require the satisfactory completion of more than 30 credits of graduate study approved by the department. No professional master's degree program may require fewer than 30 credits. No more than one-third of the total number of required credits may be granted to a student as transfer credit for work done at another accredited graduate institution. (See Acceptance of Transfer Credits)

Additional Requirements

Most professional master's degree programs provide opportunities for theoretical studies and practical applications. Students are expected to acquire professional skills through course work, projects, internships, practica, and/or research papers.

Student Assessment

Professional master's degrees are conferred upon those students who demonstrate comprehensive mastery of the general field of study. This includes: a) satisfactory completion of all course requirements and b) other performances which indicate comprehensive mastery such as examinations, internships, research projects, theses, practica, and so forth. These requirements vary from school to school.


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