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Graduate School Guarantees

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Many students who attend the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg plan to continue their education beyond the undergraduate level. As part of a world-renowned research university, our most accomplished students are afforded the opportunity to obtain admission to many of Pitt’s prestigious graduate and professional schools. This program is just one of many benefits that Pitt-Greensburg can provide to you.

Freshmen students entering Pitt-Greensburg in the fall 2014 and beyond can be considered for graduate/professional school guarantees through our Admissions Office. Please review the application procedures and criteria for the guarantee program in which you are interested. Do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions regarding these programs. Do not hesitate to contact Admissions if you have any questions regarding these programs.

NOTE:  Please be advised that Pitt-Greensburg does not offer undergraduate programs in Communication Science & Disorders. Communication Science & Disorders students may choose to begin their studies at Greensburg but will be required to relocate to Pittsburgh to complete that undergraduate degree.

Communication Disorders Guarantee (​Speech Pathology/Audiology) — School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Required Criteria:

  • Indicate Pre-Communication Science on admissions application.
  • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1300 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 29 ACT.
  • Complete the Bachelor of Arts degree at a regional campus with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, as well as a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the core pre-requisite courses for communication science disorders.
  • Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analystical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Complete the CSD Centraliszed Application Service (CSDCAS) process as required.
  • For information about the CSD graduate program, go to

Swanson School of Engineering Guarantee

Required Criteria:

  • Indicate Pre-Engineering as your intended field of study on the admissions application.
  • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1510 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 33 ACT.
  • Be in the top 5 percent of your high school graduating class or have an equivalent grade point average (GPA).
  • Complete relocation to the Pittsburgh campus Swanson School of Engineering after accruing 34 credits at a regional campus in the required pre-requisite courses with a 2.75 GPA for all graduate programs except Bioengineering; for Bioengineering, a 3.5 is required.
  • Complete an undergraduate degree in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • For more information about graduate engineering programs, go to

Health Information Systems Guarantee — School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Required Criteria:

  • Indicate pre-HIM on admissions application.
  • Complete an undergraduate degree at Pitt with an overall QPA of 3.5 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
  • For more information about the Health Information Systems graduate program go to


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

Required Criteria:

  • Indicate Pre-Education on the admissions application.
  • 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 a 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 Wes Vaina, Director of Admissions and Enrollment,, 412-648-7362.

Business Guarantee for Regional Campus Students

Required Criteria:

  • Apply for the first-year admission to a Pitt regional campus.
  • Be in the top 10% of your high school graduating class and score 1410 or higher on the SAT (combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math) or a 30 ACT Composite score. 
  • If your high school does not rank, you should have an overall “A” average.
  • You should be taking a rigorous curriculum that includes some of the most challenging courses at your high school, including Honors, AP, and/or IB coursework if available.
  • Earn a degree as a full-time student at a University of Pittsburgh regional campus. If you graduate as a business major from a regional campus, you are exempt from the Quantitative GPA requirement below.  If you graduate with a non-business major, you will need to meet the *Quantitative GPA requirement. Quantitative course are those taken in mathematics, statistics, economics, accounting, or finance.
  • Admission to the Katz School’s full-time or Professional (part-time) MBA or one of the MS programs is guaranteed provided that you have been selected for the business guarantee and meeting the following requirements:
  MS Programs Professional MBA Full-time MBA
Cumulative GPA 3.25 or higher 3.25 or higher 3.50 or higher

*Quantitative GPA


*Only required for guarantee recipients who are Pitt non-business majors

3.0 GPA in a minimum of 6 credit hours of quantitative courses that include either statistics or calculus

3.0 GPA in a minimum of 6 credit hours of quantitative courses that include either statistics or calculus

3.25 quantitative GPA in a minimum of 12 credit hours of quantitative courses that include either statistics or calculus

GMAT Waived if GPA requirements are achieved Waived if GPA requirements are achieved 640
Post-Bachelor’s professional work experience Not required 2 years 2 years
Successful admissions interview Waived if GPA requirement is achieved Not required Required
  • The offer of guaranteed admission for the MBA or one of the MS programs remains in effect for five years after graduation from Pitt thereby allowing you to apply during the final year of your undergraduate studies with the option to defer your enrollment for up to five years or to apply within five years of your graduation.
  • More information on the Katz Graduate School of Business.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree – School of Pharmacy

Required Criteria:
PittPharmacy is personalizing education to prepare each student for the healthcare of the future. The school is a leader in innovative education, experiential learning, and research. It is ranked 9th among schools of pharmacy by U.S. News and World Report. Students selected for the GAP will have a reserved seat in the School of Pharmacy after their sophomore year (second pre-pharmacy year).

  • A separate application is not necessary for consideration. When you submit your undergraduate application for admission, you can either select “Pre-Pharmacy” as your Intended Field of Study in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, or select “Pharmacy” in the Guaranteed Admissions Program dropdown box on the Application for Undergraduate Admissions. Only freshmen can be considered for the guarantee.
  • To be selected for the PharmD Guaranteed Admissions Program, students should have an SAT score of 1330 or higher with a SAT Math score of 660 or higher, or a 29 ACT Composite score.
  • Students offered the Pharmacy Guaranteed Admissions Program must earn the following in the pre-professional courses at the University of Pittsburgh:
    • A letter grade of a C or better in all pre-professional courses with no repeated courses
    • A 3.25 or greater overall GPA in the pre-professional courses
    • A 3.25 or greater GPA in the required Math and Science courses at the University of Pittsburgh (AP credits may be acceptable).
  • To exercise the Pharmacy Guarantee, all applicants must:
    • Submit the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores
    • Submit a completed PharmCAS application
    • Participate in a satisfactory interview prior to School of Pharmacy admission
  • For more information on the PharmD program.

School of Law Guarantee

Required Criteria:

  • Indicate Pre-Law on the admissions application.
  • Be in top 10 percent of high school graduating class with a 1360 SAT (combined Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 29 ACT test result.
  • While enrolled full-time at a regional campus, maintain a 3.5 grade point average.
  • Complete an undergraduate degree at a regional campus.
  • At the point of application to law school, satisfy a standard character review, and attain a 160 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 in arts and sciences or applying through our early decision program may be a desirable alternative.
  • For information about the School of Law, go to