University of Pittsburgh

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Economic and Social Development


4200 Fifth Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

United States


1-412- 624-9300

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.- Economic and Social Development, MPIA - Economic and Social Development;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Sustaining or accelerating economic growth while encouraging desirable social change remains a crucial issue. Most countries have had only mixed success in planning and implementing national development. This complex phenomenon of social change-the issues raised and the efforts to direct development at both the local and national levels-is the focus of the Economic and Social Development Program.

Involved is the application of economics, political science, public management, and sociology to planned change in a host of areas, including: agriculture, urban development, industry, public health, NGOs and development, education, and social programs. Students are trained as generalists to insure an awareness of the development process-as well as the economic, social, and political environments in which communities develop. They gain experience planning, analyzing, appraising, and implementing projects at the local, regional, national, and international levels. As they refine their skills, students are given an opportunity to concentrate on areas of special interest. The goal is to produce informed, action-oriented professionals who are capable of examining a situation and recommending effective approaches to development policy and management.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: To determine eligiblity for federal student aid, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code: 00337900

Locale: Large City

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