University of Pittsburgh

Curriculum and 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 3-credit course. To fulfill the program requirements for the Law School, students have to complete 88 credits while the Heinz School requires 204 units for the MAM or MSPPM degree. Students in the joint degree program are able to transfer 9 credits to the Heinz School degree after completing their JD degree and 56 units to the JD degree after completing their MSPPM/MAM degree.

Sample Course Sequence

Year 1

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Heinz Core Courses 108   9

Year 2

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Law School Required first year   33 11

Year 3

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Heinz Concentration / Electives 36   3
Law School Required Courses/Electives   24 8

Year 4

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Heinz Concentration / Electives 24   2
Law School Required Courses/Electives   18 6

Totals

Total Taken 168 units 74 credits
Total Transferred 36 units 14 credits
Total Required 204 units 88 credits

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.

Revised 09/28/2011 | Copyright 2011 | Site by UMC