Global Track

The Global MSPPM Track is a 21-month experience that allows students to access multiple job markets, including the United States, and gain an international perspective through their education. Heinz College has campuses in both Australia (Adelaide, SA) and the United States (Pittsburgh, PA). The Global MSPPM track allows our students to leverage the strengths and benefits of both campuses.

Global MSPPM Track Overview

  • Year 1 (August - May): Study in Adelaide, South Australia, completing most of the core courses required of all MSPPM students.
  • Summer (May - August): Complete summer internship in Australia or elsewhere globally. Please note: Global MSPPM students will not be able to complete their summer internship in the United States (unless they are a U.S. citizen). Our staff in Adelaide will assist you in identifying and securing an internship that fits your career goals.
  • Year 2 (August - May): Students will complete the final two semesters of their degree at, and graduate from, our Pittsburgh campus in the United States with Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree.
  • Graduation (May) and beyond: at the completion of their fourth and final semester, international graduates will be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the United States. If you are interested in accessing the American job market, our Office of Career Services in Pittsburgh will provide support and guidance during your second year in the program as you conduct your job search.

Below is a sample curriculum. Your curriculum will vary depending on your choice of electives, classes you exempt, and your course load:

Core Courses
Advanced Policy/Methods Courses
Elective Courses


First Semester (Fall)

Course Number Course Title Units
90-710 Applied Economic Analysis 12
90-705 Policy Analysis I 12
91-802 Information Systems for Managers 12
91-800 Organizational Management 12
94-803 Consulting Communications 6
Total   54


Second Semester (Spring)

Course Number Course Title Units
90-711 Statistical Methods 12
94-702 Professional Writing 6
94-718 Strategic Presentation Skills 6
90-724 Financial Analysis 12
91-820 Strategic Planning 12
Total   48


Third Semester (Fall)

Course Number Course Title Units
90-747 Cost Benefit Analysis 6
95-760 Decision Making Under Uncertainty 6
94-812 Technology and International Development 6
90-834 Healthcare GIS 12
94-858 Communicating Complexity 6
90-752 Rise of the Asian Economies 12
Total   48


Fourth Semester (Spring)

Course Number Course Title Units
94-808 Management Consulting 6
94-859 International Crisis Negotiation Exercise 3
90-740 Systems Synthesis Project 12
90-745 Methods of Policy Analysis: International Policy 12
90-823 Program Evaluation 12
94-864 Muslims in a Global Context: America 3
Total   48


Course Exemptions

If you have a strong background in any of the core courses, you can receive an exemption either by passing an exemption exam administered by Heinz during your orientation program or through successful completion of comparable coursework during your undergraduate work. Exempting a course doesn't reduce the required number of courses you must complete. However, you can add more elective courses to expand your knowledge base.

In order to be considered for the Global MSPPM track, please review our application requirements here.