The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-funded research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded as a small private school called Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on what was then the American frontier, Pitt is now one of the oldest chartered institutions of higher education in the U.S. In 1908, the school acquired the name University of Pittsburgh and continued to function as a private learning institution until it became a state-related university and a part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.
Today, Pitt is recognized for the quality of its graduate professional programs and is one of only 34 public universities that comprise the members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It offers a wide variety of high-caliber programs in both arts and sciences and professional fields.
In addition to its on-campus degree programs, Pitt also offers degrees online through its online learning component known as Pitt Online. Upholding the same high standards of teaching and education as its on-campus graduate professional programs, Pitt Online provides coursework that fits into the busy professional’s schedule and location. Online degree programs currently available include Master of Education in English and Communication; Master of Education in Elementary Education; Master of Science for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL); Post Masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP); Graduate Gerontology Certificate; Management Essentials Online; and additional distance education learning opportunities in a variety of formats. Pitt Online is fully supported by the University of Pittsburgh.
Tuition rates for online degree programs are the same as for on-campus students. These vary depending on the program chosen and whether the student is a resident or non-resident of Pittsburgh. Financial aid is available both for on-campus and online programs.