Freshman Guarantee For Pitt Graduate Professional Schools

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    The University of Pittsburgh is a member of the Association of American Universities, which includes the top 62 research institutions in North America. It is also one of the top recipients of National Institutes of Health research dollars and is affiliated with the internationally renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). For outstanding freshman applicants, the University offers a limited number of freshman guarantees to some of its most competitive graduate and professional programs.

    During your undergraduate career at one of Pitt’s regional campuses, as you complete the academic course work related to your guarantee program, there also will be plenty of out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities available to you that will allow you to complement your course work with experiential learning in the form of volunteer work, internships, and/or undergraduate research. The cities where our regional campuses are located offer many such opportunities. You are encouraged to take full advantage of them as you plan your undergraduate career.  

    Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Specialized Master of Science Guarantee Katz Graduate School of Business Guarantees

    • Be in top 10% of high school graduating class and score 1410 or higher on SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 30 ACT Composite score.
    • Students who do not attend high schools that rank but who have an “A” average in high school.
    • Earn a BS degree in Business Management as a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
    • Earn a cumulative GPA at the University of Pittsburgh of at least 3.50.
    • For enrollment in the MBA program, you must achieve a score of 640 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) within three years prior to enrollment, have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience, and participate in a successful interview by the MBA admissions team. Students must apply to the full-time or Professional (part-time) MBA program after graduation from CBA.
    • The GMAT is waived for the MS program in Accounting. Students must apply to this MS program during their senior year in CBA or after graduation from CBA.
    • The offer of guaranteed admission for the MBA or one of the Specialized MS programs remains in effect for five year after graduation from Pitt.
    • More information about the Katz Graduate School of Business.

     

    Communication Science Disorders (speech pathology/audiology) Grantee School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    • Rank in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class and achieve a 1410 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 30 ACT Composite score.
    • Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher when applying to the Communication Science major at the beginning of the spring semester of sophomore year.
    • While completing the bachelor degree at a regional campus in Communication Science at Pitt, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.6 or higher and have a GPA of 3.75 or higher in the core pre-requisite communication science and disorders (CSD) courses at the time of application. Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Complete the CSD Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) process as required.
    • More information about the CSD graduate program.

    School of Dental Medicine Guarantee

    • Rank in the top 10 percent of high school class with 1470 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 32 ACT Composite score, or better.
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.75 with a Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (BCPM) GPA of 3.65 as an undergraduate.
    • Complete the undergraduate degree within four years.
    • Continue to gain dental related experiences during their undergraduate years.
    • Seek research opportunities in a related field.
    • Seek opportunities for community service.
    • Successfully complete the prerequisite courses for admission to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
    • Provide the Dental Office of Admissions with a CV & official transcript at the completion of the junior year, meeting all deadlines established for students.
    • Meet with the Admissions Committee at the end of the junior year to confirm that all expectations have been met including: satisfactory academic achievement, general foundational science knowledge base, understanding of the field of dentistry, & demonstration of communication skills.
    • More information about the School of Dental Medicine.
    • International students are not eligible for this guarantee.

    School of Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Teaching (MAT) Guarantees Education Programs

    • Earn a 3.5 grade point average in high school and a minimum 1310 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 28 ACT Composite score.
    • Maintain a 3.25 grade point average as a full-time undergraduate student at Pitt (individual instances where a student’s grade point average falls below 3.25 will be reviewed by the Dean of the School of Education).
    • Attend a School of Education Teacher Education Information Session.
    • Declare the specific teacher education program by the end of the junior year. Please note that international students are only eligible to obtain certification in a foreign language content area, as applicable and available.
    • Complete all prerequisite courses for the teacher education specialty area.
    • Candidates in foreign language must also attain a rating of at least Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) examination administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
    • Show evidence of substantial experience working or volunteering with children or adolescents as a teacher, tutor, camp counselor, etc.
    • More information about the teacher certification programs in the Graduate School of Education. For any additional questions about becoming a teacher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education please contact Richard Greene, Graduate Enrollment Manager rrg28@pitt.edu 412-648-1828.

    Swanson School of Engineering Graduate Program Guarantee

    • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1510 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 33 ACT Composite score.
    • Be in the top 5 percent of your high school graduating class or have an equivalent grade point average (GPA).
    • Complete an undergraduate degree in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
    • Review graduate engineering programs

    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Health Information Systems Graduate Guarantee

    • Complete an undergraduate degree (no specific degree required) at Pitt with overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C.
    • Students offered the guarantee will be given the options of pursuing either the MS-HIS or MS-HIS RHIA Options.
    • Review information about the Health Information Systems graduateprogram.

     

    Master of Science in Information Science Guarantee

    • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 700 (Math) or a minimum score of 32 on the Math section of the ACT.
    • Successfully complete the prerequisites (this typically takes two years).
    • Be admitted and successfully (as defined on the School’s website) complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) Program. Completion of the BSIS program and enrollment in the MSIS program must occur within five calendar years of this notification.
    • Maintain a 3.25 QPA while in the BSIS program with no grade (throughout your college career) lower than a C.
    • Review information on the School of Computing and Information website

     

    Graduate Programs in Law Guarantee

    • Be in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class with a 1360 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 29 ACT Composite score.
    • While enrolled at Pitt, maintain a 3.5 grade point average as a full-time student.
    • At point of application to law school, satisfy a standard character review and attain a 162 LSAT result.
    • Note: for students not eligible for a freshman guarantee, working toward early admission to the School of Law after three years of study or applying through our early decision program may be a desirable alternative.
    • More information about the School of Law.

     

    School of Medicine Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP)

    • To compete for the medical school guarantee, applicants must meet the initial eligibility requirements of earning the highest grade point average available in their high school in the context of a curriculum showing the greatest academic rigor possible and earning a minimum SAT score of 1490 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 33 ACT composite.
    • Students meeting these criteria will receive initial notification of their eligibility to apply for the guarantee program by the undergraduate Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and then be asked by the School of Medicine via e-mail to submit additional information in support of their candidacy. Students selected on the basis of their submissions will subsequently be invited for an interview in the School of Medicine. Interviews take place in March.
    • The choice of final candidates is contingent upon this interview in combination with other factors. Historically, an average of 8-12 students from the entering undergraduate class are chosen each year for the School of Medicine guarantee.
    • Students offered the guarantee must complete an undergraduate degree at Pitt within four years, complete the prerequisite course work, maintain a cumulative science and quality point average of at least 3.75, and engage in undergraduate research and extracurricular activities that provide greater knowledge of the science and practice of medicine. The MCAT will not be required.
    • More information on the Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) and the School of Medicine.
    • International students are not eligible for this guarantee.

    School of Nursing Program Guarantee

    • Be in the top 10% of high school graduating class with a minimum score of 1450 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 32 ACT Composite score.
    • Participate in scholarly or research opportunities in addition to curricular requirements.
    • Establish a mentoring relationship with a faculty member with a matching or similar research area of interest by first term of sophomore year.
    • Complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at a Pitt campus with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.
    • Attain a competitive score (50th percentile or higher in both the verbal and quantitative sections) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The school offers one free GRE voucher to students during the junior (second semester) or senior year. More information will be available from the Student Affairs and Alumni Relations Office (SAAR).
    • Fulfill all specific admissions requirements for selected graduate program.
    • Note: Students offered the guarantee will be given the option of pursuing the Master’s, DNP, or PhD program in nursing.
    • More information about graduate programs in the School of Nursing.
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    The Coordinated Master in Nutrition & Dietetics (BS/MS) Guarantee

    • Rank in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class and achieve a 1410 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 30 ACT Composite.
    • Complete the prerequisites for nutrition and dietetics Coordinated BS/MS application at Pitt with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.
    • Demonstrate evidence of profession-related work and volunteer experience.
    • Complete the SHRS Application process as required.
    • More information about the Nutrition and Dietetics graduate program.

    Occupational Therapy Guarantee - School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    • Complete an undergraduate degree at Pitt with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher.
    • Complete all prerequisite courses required for admission to the OTD program with a minimum grade of B and prerequisite GPA of 3.6 or higher.
    • Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Complete the OT Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) process (including experience hours, references, personal statement, and essay questions) by October 1st of the year applying for admission.
    • More information about the OTD program.

    Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree – School of Pharmacy

    • Students selected for the GAP will have a reserved seat in the School of Pharmacy after their sophomore year (second pre-pharmacy year).
    • To be selected for the PharmD Guaranteed Admissions Program, students should have an SAT score of 1360 or higher with a SAT Math score of 690 or higher, or a 29 ACT Composite score.
    • A selected student should maintain a 3.25 GPA (in both science and math courses and overall) while satisfying the course work required during the two pre-pharmacy years.
    • For more information on the PharmD program
    • International students are not eligible for this guarantee.

    Physical Therapy Guarantee - School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    • Rank in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class and achieve a 1410 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 30 ACT Composite score.
    • Maintain a 3.5 or better science and overall grade point average (GPA) while enrolled in an undergraduate program at Pitt.
    • Complete all prerequisite coursework required for admission to the DPT program.
    • Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Demonstrate evidence of adequate exposure to the field of physical therapy.
    • Complete the PT Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) process as required.
    • More information about the DPT program.
    • International students are not eligible for this guarantee.

    Physician Assistant Guarantee—School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    • Be in the top 10% of high school graduating class.
    • Achieve a combined SAT Math & Critical Reading (verbal) score of 1450 (32 ACT Composite score).
    • Students offered the freshman guarantee must earn an overall GPA of 3.75 or higher and a science GPA of 3.75 or higher at Pitt; complete the prerequisite courses and requirements for the PA Program; have at least 40 hours of shadowing a PA; achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); and meet with PA faculty member at least once a year providing proof of GPA and courses taken.
    • Students offered the guarantee must complete their undergraduate degree at Pitt in four years.
    • Up to 5 guarantees will be offered each year.
    • More information about the Physician Assistant program.
    • International students are not eligible for this guarantee.

    Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) Guarantee

    • Be in top 10 percent of high school graduating class with a 1360 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 29 ACT Composite score.
    • Maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average while satisfying the minimum course work requirements for Arts and Sciences.
    • Achieve minimum scores of 154 each on the verbal and quantitative sections, and a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical writing section, of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Demonstrate a commitment to public service through internships, volunteer, and/or work experience in the fields of public and international affairs.
    • Apply to the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public & International Affairs, or Master of International Development programs. The offer of guaranteed admission remains in effect for three years after graduation from Arts & Sciences with a bachelor’s degree.
    • More information about GSPIA
     

    Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health) Guarantee

    • Apply to a regional campus.
    • Be in the top 10% of high school graduating class, with at least a 1300 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 29 ACT Composite score.
    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better at the University of Pittsburgh regional campus, and complete prerequisite course requirements.
    • Complete an undergraduate degree at a regional campus.
    • Achieve minimum scores of 155 (70th percentile) on the verbal section, 152 (60th percentile) on the quantitative section, and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Apply to a participating Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) program at Pitt Public Health. 
    • For information about Pitt Public Health, go to  www.publichealth.pitt.edu.

    School of Social Work Guarantee

    • Earn a 3.5 grade point average in high school with a 1270 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 26 ACT Composite score.
    • More information about the School of Social Work.
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at a regional campus with a minimum of a 3.0 QPA
    • Have completed no less than 30 credits in both liberal arts and social sciences and a 3-credit course in statistics.
    • Complete the application to the Masters of Social Work program.
    • International students are not eligible for this guarantee.