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Lisa L. Kirchner

For immediate release:
January 31, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Offers Fast Track Public Policy Degree

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School announces a new fast-track option for students getting a master of science in public policy.

"This allows people already in the public realm to build on their experience and become stronger managers, without sidetracking their careers," said Jeffrey Hunker, dean of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

The Heinz School master of science in public policy and management degree prepares students to advance the public interest by developing exceptional analytic, quantitative and technical skills. With concentrations in policy analysis, financial management and analysis, urban and regional economic development, management, and information systems, the program provides market-oriented training that is applicable to any policy field in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

Students in the one-year program are required to take the equivalent of 14 semester-length courses, demonstrate competence in core areas and complete a final project.

To qualify for the one-year program, applicants must have a minimum of three years of relevant, professional work experience, or completed the Peace Corps or the CORO Fellows program, or attained the rank of captain in the Army, Marines or Air Force or attained the rank of lieutenant in the Navy or Coast Guard.

About the Heinz School
The Heinz School is committed to serving the public interest and to that end produces leaders adept at solving complex, real-world problems. Founded in 1968 to address complex problems in American urban communities, today The Heinz School is consistently ranked among the top public policy schools by U.S. News and World Report, and is number one in information technology and policy management. The Heinz School applies an analytical framework to public interest issues to generate cutting edge research by some of the best faculty in the world. The school can be found on the Web at


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