School of Nursing


Master Of Public Policy and Management in The Graduate School of Public And International Affairs (GSPIA) And The Doctor of Nursing Practice Health Systems Executive Leadership (HSEL) In The Graduate School Of Nursing.

The intention of this joint degree program is to enable students who are in the process of acquiring professional training as health care executive leaders to obtain simultaneously a substantial knowledge of public and nonprofit management tools and techniques that will be useful to them in their careers leading healthcare organizations.

Candidates for the joint degree program must have, at the time of admission, at least five years of full-time work experience in positions with supervisory or budgetary responsibility.


Applicants will apply separately to both schools, and they must meet all of the usual admissions requirements for both. The schools will make their admissions decisions independently. Any applicant accepted to both schools will have the option of pursuing the joint degree. Applicants may apply to both schools at the same time. Students enrolled in the MPPM program may apply to the DNP before completing their first 24 credits at GSPIA. Students enrolled in the DNP may apply to GSPIA before completing their first 24 credits at the School of Nursing.

A complete application to the MPPM program at GSPIA consists of a personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts showing prior undergraduate and graduate-level work. A complete application to the DNP HSEL program at the SON consists of a personal essay stating one’s philosophy of nursing, reasons for wanting to study in a particular major or concentration, expectation of the DNP program, and future career goals. This should include a proposed area of interest for the DNP project, current CV or resume, three letters of professional recommendation indicating the reviewer’s support of the student’s ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program, official transcripts showing prior undergraduate and graduate-level work, and official GRE Scores (per Admission Criteria).

Admission of International Applicants to the School of Nursing

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the program admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The online application must be completed in English. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student’s academic accomplishments.  For more information, visit the School of Nursing International Applicants page.

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Students must separately apply to the MPPM program at GSPIA and apply to the DNP program at the School of Nursing.

Current tuition rates and student fee information can be found on our tuition and fees page.


Please visit the Joint MPPM/DNP page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information (School of Nursing)

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact the School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Inquiries and General Information (GSPIA)

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, use our GSPIA Contact Form for assistance.

Phone: 412-648-7643

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260