New graduate degree programs announced

We’re only three months into the 2019-20 school year, and several schools and departments have announced plans for new programs starting next fall, or even earlier.

Department of Economics

Pitt’s Department of Economics will introduce its new Master of Science in Quantitative Economics in the fall 2020 semester. The two-semester, STEM-designated program will equip graduates to make real-life decisions informed by careful and cutting-edge economic analysis, as well as provide individualized career services.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 19 percent national growth in the job market for data analysts from 2014 to 2024, as well as a faster-than-average 8 percent growth in similar job categories.

The Department of Economics is teaming up with leaders across different industries as well as the non-profit sector to design the degree’s courses. Deadline to apply for fall 2020 is March 15, 2020.

Department of Linguistics

A one-year master’s degree program in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) will begin in Fall 2020. The program is 30 credits (15 per semester). It will prepare students to teach English as a second language to adults both in the United States and internationally. The degree includes courses on classroom practice, theoretical second language acquisition, research methods, assessment, technology in language learning, and issues in teaching in various cultural contexts among others. Deadline to apply is Dec. 15. Find details on the Linguistic department’s website. For questions, contact Professor Alan Juffs at


Pitt Biostatistics in the Graduate School of Public Health has announced two new concentrations for the master’s of science in Biostatistics: 

  • Health Data Science students will learn computational methods for analyzing, processing and interpreting large-scale data sets to be prepared to clean, store, manage, manipulate, visualize and process high dimensional data. 
  • Statistical and Computational Genomics students will learn computational methods for analyzing, processing and interpreting ‘omics data to be prepared to clean, store, manage, manipulate, visualize and process ‘omics data.

For more information visit or download our MS flyer.

Pitt Law

Health Care Compliance Online is a 10-month graduate certificate program designed for working professionals, that was developed by experts in compliance, law and online education. The courses will teach the relevant law, practical applications of compliance, best practices and explore current issues with expert faculty from the School of Law and Graduate School of Public Health, current and former federal regulators, and compliance industry experts.

HCC Online course work has no scheduled meeting times or locations. Most courses will be complete in eight weeks, working through weekly modules. Total tuition is $9,495.

The next program starts Jan. 6, 2020. Apply now at