Earn a Graduate Degree in the Center of a World-Class City
Point Park, Pittsburgh's downtown university, is located at the epicenter of a dynamic, leading city that has it all. Surrounded by the city's businesses, health services, technology, culture and entertainment, Point Park is able to provide easy access to professional resources and leading companies and organizations that few graduate programs can match.
Many of our graduate students are working professionals employed by Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and small businesses in Downtown Pittsburgh — making Point Park University an ideal location to walk to after work to attend classes.
Point Park's location in Downtown Pittsburgh provides the perfect opportunity to engage in graduate-level studies that directly apply to the real world.
That's why you will often find our graduate students doing work outside the classroom such as:
- Writing marketing plans for arts organizations;
- Conducting environmental studies;
- Developing education programs for retired citizens;
- Designing leadership programs for health care professionals and so much more.
In addition to being named "The Most Livable U.S. City," by Forbes, Places Rated Almanac and The Economist, Pittsburgh has received accolades for being:
- "The second best city for recent graduates" by Huffington Post;
- "The ninth best city in the U.S. to find a job," by Monster.com; and
- "Among the 20 great places in the world to experience" by National Geographic Traveler.
Alumni Praise Downtown Campus
Check out what our alumni have to say about going to graduate school in Downtown Pittsburgh.
M.B.A. with a concentration in international business, 2013
Staffing Manager, Robert Half International
“Pittsburgh happened to be a sister city of my hometown in Russia. Among all the universities in Pittsburgh, I chose Point Park because I loved its thriving campus in the heart of Downtown and its student body, which has so much diversity and culture. "
K-12 Principal Certification, 2012
Assistant High School Principal, Woodland Hills High School
“The main reason I chose Point Park was because that is where my assistant high school principal at Mars Area High School attended. I also liked that the University was located in the city and close to where I lived. Additionally, it was appealing to me that the education faculty at Point Park were made up of current educators in all aspects of the public education system in Pennsylvania."
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication/M.B.A., 2013
Digital Marketing Specialist, Maronda Homes
“I found the relationship between campus and the Downtown business community to be a huge advantage. This symbiotic relationship made the in-class curriculum jump off the page as it was brought to life by many of Point Park's faculty who are a part of this business community."
M.B.A. with a concentration in international business, 2011
Analyst, Bank of New York Mellon
“Overall, I chose Point Park because of the small class size and its location in Downtown Pittsburgh. I didn’t want to be out in a rural area that's a far distance from the city. Point Park allowed me to really get to know Pittsburgh as a city and I loved that."
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013
Marketing Coordinator - Social Media, American Eagle Outfitters
“I chose Point Park for its urban setting, interesting course offerings in the M.A. program and the flexible class schedule. I live close to the city, so the choice was easy. It was a quick commute and the urban setting was exactly the change I wantedafter going to college in a rural community."
M.A. in Educational Administration, 2009
Principal, Pittsburgh Colfax K-8
"It (the University's location) played a major role in my decision to attend Point Park. I was able to walk to the University from where I was living at the time and it also provided the urban setting which I desired."
M.B.A. with a concentration in management, 2011
Founder and Executive Director of Mutete HIV/AIDS Foundation and Operations Manager for Transamerica
"I have lived in the United States, including Pittsburgh, for more than 16 years. Point Park’s location in Downtown Pittsburgh was a big factor in my decision as well as the small sizes of the classes."