Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program

Complete both degrees in five years.

If you’re a motivated Pitt student who’s completed the appropriate undergraduate coursework, enrolling in the accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program can save you up to a full year of time and tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.

How it Works

  1. As a qualified Pitt undergraduate, you can apply to the accelerated program in your third year.
  2. You would enroll in graduate classes for your fourth year.
  3. While starting the master’s program, you will complete remaining undergraduate requirements to graduate on time with your bachelor’s degree at the end of your fourth year.
  4. You will then complete your master's degree at the end of your fifth year. 

Preparing Your Application

To get started contact Pitt Public Health Admissions to schedule a brief meeting to discuss the program and eligibility requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with us early to ask questions and prepare ahead of time. You should also discuss your interest in the program with your undergraduate advisor and carefully review all admissions requirements (in the chart below) for your specific department. 

General requirements:

  • Complete background courses in behavioral and social sciences (with a C or better)
  • Have appropriate mathematical coursework to take Principles of Statistical Reasoning (usually college-level statistics, algebra, or calculus with a C or better)
  • Be on track to complete at least 96 credits by the time you start as a graduate student
  • Submit a completed graduate application online by January 15 of your junior year

Admissions Requirements by Department

Department  (Program) Admission Requirements for Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • Health-related experience (work or volunteer)
  • All majors acceptable if above criteria are met


  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Prior coursework: college-level calculus (6 credits) and biology (3 credits)
  • All majors acceptable if above criteria are met

Environmental and Occupational Health
(MPH or MS)

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • An undergrad major in an applied/natural science, engineering, or mathematics

(MPH or MS)

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.2
  • Prior coursework: social sciences (6 cr.), mathematics (3 cr.), human biology (3 cr.) 
  • All majors acceptable if above criteria are met
Health Policy and Management
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • All majors acceptable if above criterion is met

Human Genetics





Human Genetics





Genome Bioinformatics

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Prior coursework in genetics; other college level coursework in biology may be considered to fulfill this requirement on a case-by-case basis
  • An undergrad major relevant to public health, biology, and/or genetics


  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Prior coursework in genetics and either calculus or statistics
  • Additional coursework in biochemistry and behavioral or social sciences is recommended but not required
  • An undergrad major related to the biological, quantitative, or behavioral sciences  


  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • One course in calculus or statistics, one course in programming or coding, and one course in biology or genetics or a related field is required
  • An undergrad major in mathematics, computer science, biology, or a related field
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.3
  • Strong letters of recommendation from persons directly familiar with academic performance
  • Appropriate undergraduate major

Learn more about schoolwide and program admission requirements.

How to Apply

Prior to applying, all applicants are required to meet with Pitt Public Health Admissions. In addition to meeting with our office, you will be required to meet with your undergraduate advisor, school administrator, and program(s) to which you are applying. Once you have completed all required meetings, follow the instructions below: 

  1. Apply online through SOPHAS Express and pay a $55 application fee per designation
  2. Submit your personal statement, resume and three letters of recommendation
  3. Upload unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary education directly to your application

Apply now through SOPHAS Express