Guide to Graduate Education in Science, Engineering and Public Policy
Guide to Graduate Education in Science, Engineering and Public Policy
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
The Heinz School of Public Policy and Management is a vibrant center for the study of urban and social issues that impact society. Founded in 1968 at a time when the problems of society burst into public view in the form of violent urban unrest, the school set as its purpose an aggressive effort to understand the causes of critical social problems and to train men and women through masters and doctoral programs to use new knowledge and technology to bring about positive change.
The Heinz School approaches this challenge through an educational process that integrates policy, management and information technology course work, exposing each student to faculty with expertise in a wide range of subjects. Student and faculty also participate in extensive outreach programs that provide real life experiences and allow them to address immediate needs in communities throughout the world.
Unlike many graduate schools, the Heinz School is not organized along academic departments. Faculty easily collaborate in instruction and research, an operating model we believe leads to innovation in research and a superior educational experience. Their strengths span the applied disciplines of empirical methods and statistics, economics, information systems and technology, operations research and organizational behavior. Our faculty focus their research efforts on a vast array of issues. They have established world-wide reputations for excellence in such areas as the study of crime and criminal justice, urban policy, health care policy and management, arts management, and information security policy, and information systems management.
In addition to full-time, on campus programs in Pittsburgh and Adelaide, the Heinz School offers graduate-level programs to nontraditional students through part-time on-campus and distance programs, customized programs delivered virtually anywhere in the world, and executive education programs for senior managers.
The Heinz School exists to improve the ability of public, not-for-profit and private organizations to address the most difficult challenges facing society, as well as to strengthen and exploit our cultural resources through skilled leadership and management.
Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
MASTER'S DEGREES: FULL-TIME
Public Policy and Management (MSPPM)
Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM)
Healthcare Policy and Management (HCPM)
Medical Management (MMM)
Biotechnology & Management (HCPM)
Contact information for Master's Degrees:
Phone: 1-800-877-3498 or 412-268-2164
JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS
MS/JD Joint Degree Program with University of Pittsburgh School of Law
MAM/JD Joint Degree Program with University of Pittsburgh School of Law
MS/MBA Dual Degree Program with Tepper School of Business
HCPM/MBA Dual Degree Program with Tepper School of Business
All students must have completed an undergraduate degree. Each graduate program has different pre-requisites for admission but in general, good preparation in basic economics and probability and statistics is expected, as well as computer skills. GRE or GMAT and TOEFL (international students only) scores are required.
Our intensive doctoral program seeks students with demonstrated academic ability and those who possess a commitment to interdisciplinary research on significant public policy, management and information technology issues. Each entering class is small; a typical cohort is 4 to 8 students
PH.D. application includes either the GMAT or the GRE, 3 recommendations, resumé, a 1000-word essay, and an optional additional essay.
The pre-dissertation stage of the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management is structured around two sets of requirements: coursework and preliminary papers.
Coursework is designed to build methodological skills, modeling competence and substantive depth. Preliminary papers illustrate your ability to produce effective research that exhibits your readiness to begin the dissertation. Coursework in the Ph.D. program must be completed in five areas:
- A three semester Ph.D. Seminar Series focusing on the research process.
- Two semesters of Research Seminars offering depth in specialized fields.
- A Quantitative Methods Cluster of courses in statistics, econometrics, operations research or discrete mathematics.
- Two semesters of coursework in Social and Policy Sciences.
- Concentration Area requirement, combining research and courses to support your research agenda and long-term professional objectives.
Admission to candidacy tells us that you've fulfilled all requirements of the Ph.D. program preliminary to the dissertation. In addition to satisfying all coursework requirements and passing the First and Second Research Papers, you must demonstrate three general competencies:
- Methodological and substantive competence as evidenced by original research accomplishment.
- The ability to learn and apply at least two distinct methodologies or work in two separate substantive areas.
- Skill in identifying and structuring for analysis a previously unstructured research problem.
These competencies are normally met through an assessment of the First and Second Research Paper presentations, complemented by coursework. While fulfilling these requirements, you'll work closely with the faculty to develop individualized programs of study and research that meet your goals.
MSPPM and MAM students must complete a minimum of 204 units of coursework (approximately 17 full-semester courses) including all required core courses, concentration courses, and a Systems Synthesis project course. Students must also complete a required summer internship and must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
MISM and HCPM students must complete a minimum of 180 units of coursework (approximately 15 full semester courses including all required core courses, concentration courses, and a project course. Students must also maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
HCPM Core Courses
While you'll be able to tailor your schedule to your particular interests, the HCPM core curriculum develops your critical thinking skills and helps channel your ability to solve complex problems in a health care setting. Below are the required health care management and technology courses you'll need to complete the degree.
Policy and Management
- Organizational Design and Implementation or Performance Management
- Empirical Methods for Public Policy and Management or Intermediate Empirical Methods for Public Policy and Management
- IT for Public Policy and Management: Database Management Systems
- IT for Public Policy and Management: Web site Design & Development
- Applied Economic Analysis or Intermediate Economic Analysis
- Management Science I: Optimization & Multi-Criteria Methods
- Management Science II: Decision Risk Modeling
- Health Systems
- Health Care Management
- Health Economics
- Introduction to Financial Management of Health Systems
- Advanced Financial Management of Health Systems
- Health Law
- Health Care Information Systems
- Health Policy I and II
- Systems Synthesis
If you have a strong background in any of the required courses, you can receive an exemption either by passing an exemption exam 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.
MPM, MSETM, and MSIT must complete a minimum of 144 units of coursework (approximately 12 full semester courses) and must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
MSBTM must complete a total of 198 units with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, complete the core curriculum in General Policy and Management, Biotechnology Industry, Biotechnology Science, undertake an internship in the summer between the first and second years, and satisfy the elective course distribution requirement: Electives must include a minimum of 12 units from each school and a maximum of 12 units from the Tepper School. Tepper, Heinz and MCS electives must be approved by the MSBTM Program Director.
Students at the Heinz School come from all over the United States and the world and represent a dynamic and diverse environment - you will find diversity among our students' age, race, working experience, nationality, gender and area of interest. Entering classes of students are 7-10 PhD, 70-80 MSPPM, 25-30 MAM, 100-120 MPM (mostly part-time), 15-20 MSETM, 15-20 MSHCPM, 150-170 MISM, 50-70 MSIT (mostly part-time).
At the heart of the Heinz School's reputation for excellence lies its faculty - a diverse community of some 100 scholars and practitioners well known for teaching and research expertise in a variety of fields. The school's full-time faculty members pursue active research, teaching and consulting agendas. Working individually, with colleagues, and with students, they develop knowledge about and seek solutions to today's most critical problems of public policy and management. The school's adjunct faculty members are accomplished professionals from a wide variety of fields who teach courses that bridge the gap from research to practical application of knowledge.
All of the degree programs offered at the Heinz School provide graduates with a wide range of skills and tools that can be applied across the broad spectrum of the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our graduates are highly sought after professionals in a multitude of fields. The success and satisfaction of our alumni continues to be a hallmark of the Heinz School. Students take positions with government, arts, banking and finance, healthcare, education, and technology organizations as well as with foundations, think tanks, research centers, universities and consulting firms.
The Heinz School strives to make a graduate education accessible to talented students through numerous fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Approximately 70% of full-time students receive some form of scholarship support. Students are encouraged to apply early for financial aid since funding for many programs is limited. If you have questions, please contact us; we can guide you through the financial aid process and provide you with the resources you need to make informed decisions on financing the quality education you will receive at the Heinz School.
The financial aid program is designed to provide doctoral students with the financial support necessary to enable them to successfully complete the program. This support also allows you to gain classroom experience that is valued in the academic marketplace.
Every Ph.D. student in good standing receives a full-tuition scholarship for the entire tenure in the program. Students who remain in good standing receive the following:
$9,600 (2 classes)
$14,400 (3 classes)
Several other types of funding opportunities exist for Ph.D. students. Faculty members often hire Ph.D. students to work as research assistants on funded projects. Research assistantships generally pay approximately $14,000 per year.
In addition, the school occasionally uses Ph.D. students who prove to be excellent teachers as instructors in its master's degree programs. Strong incentives also exist for students to obtain external funding. Students obtaining external support that replaces internal stipend or tuition support receive an award equal to 25 percent of the grant or fellowship, not to exceed the above stipend amounts.
The Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon and the region provide numerous activities and facilities that make Pittsburgh a wonderful place to live, work and learn. Pittsburgh has abundant green space and natural areas, a thriving arts scene, an exciting athletic climate, and plenty of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. And Pittsburgh's cost of living is significantly lower than most other major metropolitan areas, so it is possible to live well without spending a lot. The Heinz School and the university sponsor events throughout the year to enhance the student experience educationally and socially.