University of pittsburgh  pittsburgh  pennsylvania   united states
US News Ranking 47
Qsranking Not Ranked
Timesranking 176-200

Brief background:

A public research University, University of Pittsburg was established in 1787. The University, fondly called as UPitt, regularly features amongst the top seven public universities. The University offers various programs through schools like the Katz Graduate School of Business, the School of Medicine, the School of Law, the Swanson School of Engineering, the School of Education and the School of Nursing.

The Swanson School of Engineering was ranked 47th by U.S. News in their 2019 for Engineering schools. The engineering school offers graduate programs, masters program, and doctorate programs in Bioengineering, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mining Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.


The campus of UPitt is situated in Pittsburg and is spread across 132 acres. The campus has more than 15 libraries, all of which together stock millions of volumes of books. The campus also has a number of recreational centers and facilities for sports. Numerous cafeterias and bars dot the campus too.

Residing Options:

The University of Pittsburgh offers on-campus accommodation to students and charges approximately $5,500 a year for dormitories. Most UPitt students, however, prefer to live off-campus and can be found in areas such as North Oakland, Shadyside, and South Oakland. Students end up paying between $350 and $1,200 every month and the rent largely depends on the kind of accommodation, distance from the University and the number of roommates they have.

Faculty and pedagogy:

The faculty at UPitt is excellent. A few of them are Nobel Prize winners and most of them have PhDs. Most professors are approachable, provided the student is interested and takes the initiative. The Swanson School of Engineering has 148 full-time faculties and the Ph.D. Student-faculty ratio is 3.4:1.

Financial aid:

The University of Pittsburg is funded by Pennsylvania State and hence gives out financial aid and scholarships. However, getting these scholarships depends on the profile of the student. Students can also apply for Research and Teaching Assistantship roles.

Jobs and placements:

According to the official reports of the university, 73% of the engineering graduates secure full-time employment after the completion of their Master’s degree with an annual average salary of $65k.
According to the Payscale data, the average annual salary of Master of Science graduates lies between $50,636 - $101,726
The average salary of Software Engineers trained at the Swanson School of Engineering is $77,778 annually according to Payscale. The average salary for graduates of the University of Pittsburgh is $70k.
Male graduates from the university earn about $73k annually while females earn about $60k annually, going by the Payscale data.
The top recruiters include the University of Pittsburgh, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., The Bank of New York, Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), UPMC Presbyteria UPMC, Bechtel Bettis Highmark, Inc., UPMC Health Plan. The popular job profiles amongst the alumni of the university include Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Senior Software, Engineer Project Manager, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Data Analyst.


Famous alumni from UPitt include names such as Chief architect of Pentium Pro, Pentium II, III and IV   Bob Colwell, CFO and Senior VP of Texas Instruments Kevin March and Jagdish Sheth.


UPitt is a good University and should definitely be on your list of Universities to apply.


The University of Pittsburgh is located in Pittsburgh in the state of Pennsylvania. The main campus of the university is located in the Oakland area of the city. Much of the campus lies in the historic center of the city known as Schenley Farms National Historic District. The university campus enjoys a classical ambience, thanks to the Greek, Neo Gothic and Renaissance style architecture of buildings within and around.

The campus is encased between the Darragh Street on the west, Bellefield Avenue on the east, Central Avenue on the north and Fifth Avenue on the south. Most of the cultural and recreational hotspots of the Oakland region are within walking distance of the campus.

The main campus is divided into four main parts. The upper zone constitutes the sports complex and residences, the middle and lower zones consist of most of the important department buildings and research facilities besides the administrative offices. The separate west-end of the campus is the site of the medical center.

The city of Pittsburgh is known as the “Steel City” of the US. It is located in a mineral rich region and has a long economic history. It is the leading place in the US for manufacturing glass and aluminum. It is also famous for shipbuilding, petroleum and electronics and Computers and Information Technology. It is not an overstatement to say that it is one of the best cities to study science due to its economic importance. Offices of leading IT, electronics and biomedical companies add to its reputation.

The university is well connected by road and airways. It runs a free shuttle service that connects the campus to the neighbourhoods in Pittsburgh. The nearest airport from the main campus is the Pittsburgh International Airport lying 20 miles north-west from it.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 57%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 137
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 32
TA Appointments 105
RA appointments 243
Research funding $79,268,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The School of Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh offers one of the most unique biotechnology courses in the US. The department of Computational and Systems Biology under the school has earned a reputation of introducing a trendsetting program that acquaints the students with the latest developments in the professional world of medicine and biotechnology. The program trains the students to develop solutions and prepares them for further research by bringing together mathematics,  statistics, applied biology, and silicon techniques. The department aims to expand the frontiers of emerging sub-disciplines like biocomputing technology through the application of data science to the biomedical sciences.

Programs Available: Master’s in Computational Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CoBB).
Areas of Expertise: Molecular and Cellular Engineering; Biophysics and Physiology; Mechanobiology; Physiological Signals, Systems, Modeling and Control; Rehabilitation; Neural Engineering; Biomechanics; Energy and Sustainability; Medical Product Engineering and Innovation; Tissue Engineering and Artificial Organs


The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department (Swanson School of Engineering) was the first department in the world dedicated to petroleum engineering. However, over the decades, it has also earned a distinction for its pioneering research and teaching in the chemical engineering discipline. By allowing the students to gain hands-on experience, the department encourages and teaches them to solve the most challenging problems. The 40 faculty members including the joint and adjunct faculty aim to foster excellence by letting the students realize the broadening scope and applicability of the chemical engineering discipline. It also focuses on imparting interdisciplinary training. A faculty member has recently been awarded a fellowship from the Microscopy Society of America.

Programs Available: BS, MS (thesis), MS (professional non-thesis) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering; MS in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (Dual degree); MS in Petroleum Engineering; Katz Dual MBA and MS.
Key Research Areas: Artificial Lung Development; Control-Relevant Silico Modeling for Diabetes; Tissue Engineering; Multi-Scale Modeling; Reactor and Process Engineering; Improved Catalyst Design Criteria.
Areas of Expertise: Biotechnology; Materials Modeling and Design; Energy and Sustainability; Bioengineering; Biological and Biomedical Systems; Catalysis; Multi-Scale Modeling

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been at the forefront of developing new teaching and research methods in the civil engineering and allied disciplines like transportation engineering and construction engineering. 25 dedicated faculty with a wide array of research interests and specializations ensures that the courses in each program cover the most fundamental and emerging areas of civil engineering in a great depth. 6 faculty members from the department reported outstanding achievements including Career Award from the National Science Foundation. 
When it comes to environmental engineering, the department believes that statistics and warnings cannot do justice to the cause of sustainable future for humanity. Instead, it is sensitive engineers who can think ahead of their times that can effectively cater to the cause. This approach of the department informs its environmental engineering programs. Despite the strong interdisciplinary character and focus of the department, it has three dedicated faculty members that ensure that students are provided with the skills and knowledge which will help them address the latest and upcoming challenges of the discipline. Regularly updated courses, hands-on experience and field visits in the city known for its structures enhance the learning experience of the students as they explore and appreciate the impact of human interventions on the environment and think of developing new solutions to address environmental concerns.

Programs Available: BS with Major in Civil Engineering; MS and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering; Certificate in Mining Engineering; Graduate Program in Construction Management or Transportation Engineering.
Specialization Areas (MS and Ph.D.): Construction Management; Geotechnical and Pavements Engineering; Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Areas of Expertise: Sustainability and Green Design; Construction Management and Sustainability; Geotechnical and Pavement Engineering; Structural Engineering and Mechanics; Energy and Sustainability; Bioengineering; Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
List of Labs: Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure 

Computer Science

The School of Computing and Information has evolved into one of the foremost destinations in the United States for innovation in teaching and research in the Computer Sciences over the past five decades. Also, it is one of the oldest Computer Science departments in the world. The department believes that its students can contribute to the emerging technologies only when they are offered a strong interdisciplinary training. Due to this, the department not only introduces fresh, interesting and relevant courses at regular intervals but also encourages the Pittsburgh CS students to gain valuable hands-on experience. 29 faculty members including 5 emeritus professors provide students with insights into the latest problems in the discipline while also allowing them to explore their discipline in the broadest manner possible.

Programs Available: BS in Computer Science or Bioinformatics; BS/MS (integrated), MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Areas of Expertise: Computational Science and Engineering; Computer Architecture; Security and Cryptography; Programming Languages and Software Engineering; Networking; Algorithms and Theory; Operating Systems and Distributed Systems; Social Computing; Visual Computing and Interaction; Machine Learning and Data Mining; Database and Information Systems

Electrical/ Electronics

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is known for the breadth of the specializations it offers. It prides itself for being at the forefront of the electrical engineering discipline and catering to the needs of industry and allied disciplines by designing new programs and courses. The department has developed a tradition of using a strong theory-practice interaction which allows the students to make the most out of its high-tech campus before they enter into the professional world as researchers and innovators. About 5 dozen faculty members ensure that students can tailor their study experience according to the emerging research and industry needs. The faculties from the department have been honored by Carnegie Science Center, National Science Foundation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Academy of Engineering during the last few years. The depth, diversity, and breadth of the faculty experience allow the students to imagine and think ahead of their times as they work on the practical problems of the discipline.

Programs Available: BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering; Graduate Certificate in Electric Power Engineering; Combined professional MS and MBA in Electrical Engineering.
Specialization Tracks (MS): Biomedical Applications of Electrical Engineering; Control; Electric Power Engineering; Electronics; Signal Processing. 
Areas of Expertise: Power Systems; Photonic and Electronic Devices including Nanoscience; Computer Engineering, EDA, and Sensor Interfacing; Control, Knowledge-Based Techniques; Energy and Sustainability; Bioengineering; Wireless Communication, RFID; Signal Processing, Speech Processing, Biomedical Signals and Systems

Industrial Engineering

The Industrial Engineering Department focuses on designing strong interdisciplinary programs and courses so that the students do not only serve the broadest set of allied disciplines but can also secure the best employment from amongst a wide array of choices. The department is known for bridging the gap between fundamental sciences and the implications of rapidly changing industrial systems. Exploiting the ever-expanding base of the discipline’s applicability to contribute to the industry has been a major concern of the department. The department has 29 faculty members, most of whom are engaged in active research and boast of vast teaching experience.  Over the last few years, the efforts of the department faculty have received recognition and honor from the National Science Foundation, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and American Society of Safety Engineers.  3 dedicated research labs and 2 centers power innovation at the department.

Programs Available: BS, MS, MS (part-time) and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering; Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering; Certificate in Safety Engineering; Lean Six Sigma Engineering.
Specialization Tracks (MS): Data Science; Safety Engineering; Engineering Management.

Areas of Expertise: Engineering Management (Cost & Quality, Engrng. Assessment); Operations Research; Energy and Sustainability Modeling; Manufacturing Systems and Science (nano-materials, nano- and bio-manufacturing, product realization, manufacturing management); Bioengineering; Modeling & Operations Research (Optimization, Healthcare Delivery, Logistics); Safety Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science realizes the fundamental importance of its disciplines. For this reason, it focuses on laying strong fundamentals for the students before introducing them to the challenges thrown to the discipline by the wider world of science and technology. The 53 faculty members at the department believe in instilling a spirit of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking in the students by relying on practical teaching. The department faculties have been honoured by the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Science Center etc. in the recent past. It has earned the reputation of equipping the students with the latest techniques and methods in the discipline that make creating solutions and responding to emerging challenges both a matter of joy and pride. Its research and teaching experience has been the backbone against which the department has earned the reputation of transforming young talent into leaders and thinkers of the future. 

Programs Available: BS, MS (professional), MS (research based) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering; MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering; MS in Nuclear Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Energy System Technologies; Materials for Extreme Conditions; Biomechanics and Medical Technologies; Energy and Sustainability; Bioengineering; Advanced Manufacturing and Design; Modeling and Simulation; Quantitative and In Situ Materials Characterization

List of Labs: Center for Energy

Annual fees for Indians $41,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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