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Find Your Future Here

The College of General Studies offers academic programs designed with today’s marketplace and the busy adult learner in mind. Our programs are practical, flexible, and convenient, while maintaining the rigor you’d expect from a renowned research university like the University of Pittsburgh. 

Our programs are designed for adults who want to continue or complete their education and earn the credentials they need to stand out in a competitive hiring market. We offer classes in a variety of formats so you have choices about how, when, and at what pace you complete your degree.

Most of our students balance their course work with a job and family obligations. This is why we work closely with each student we admit to develop an individualized plan for success—so you can learn on your terms.

Career Focus Areas

Choose from several professionally focused, flexible, and practical liberal arts undergraduate majors in areas such as justice and legal studies, professional communications, health services, humanities, natural sciences, public service, and social sciences. Many offer pathways to advanced degrees, including accelerated five-year bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Certificate Programs

Why not add a certificate to your degree, or use the credits from a certificate toward a future degree? Open to all University of Pittsburgh students and non-degree seeking students, CGS certificates are available in a variety of career-oriented disciplines.


Interested in adding a minor to your course of study? Discover your options for minors available through the College of General Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Social Work.


Explore College of General Studies courses, including descriptions, class offerings, and information about online courses and registration.


Enhance your studies and acquire practical, career-ready skills with an internship. Learn about why you should complete an internship and find resources to help you do so.

Study Abroad

You can fit study abroad into your schedule! The University offers both short-term and long-term programs — find information about study abroad and scholarship options here.