Grad School Longings: GSPIA’s MPIA Degree

Wow, that’s a lot of acronyms in this blog post’s title. Allow me to explain my latest obsession. I haven’t even graduated from grad school yet and I’m already lusting over other programs. The object of my current obsession is from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh (GSPIA). It’s called MPIA: Master of Public & International Affairs.

It looks like such a fun degree. (As a random aside, I’ve had my eye on University of Pittsburgh ever since they hosted then-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev back in 2009.) There are three tracks and I’d choose the international political economy track (though the security and intelligence track also looks great). The university also offers area studies certificates, so I’d obviously earn the Russian studies one.

The best thing about this degree is it could happen. I need a few years’ work experience anyway, so it’s not like I’m going to rush out and apply tomorrow. I have a lot of time to think about it.

And don’t worry, parents, I’ll be paying for this degree myself. Better yet, GSPIA may offer me a scholarship and a stipend (the internet says it’s happened before).