Student Resources

MQE Graduate Student Handbook 

Pitt Academic Calendar


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Graduate students and visiting scholars are not eligible to live in University residence halls, and therefore, need to find off-campus accommodations. Check out the Off-Campus Living Web site and a housing document for graduate students.  


In addition to Pittsburgh city buses, there are also Pitt shuttles that run to the neighborhoods around campus (20A serves East Liberty / Shadyside). A late-night SafeRider service is also available.

International Students

The Office of International Services (OIS) is the University’s immigration specialist, serving all campuses and the 6000 international students, scholars, staff, and faculty who call Pitt their academic home. MQE is a STEM-designated degree program (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics) whose students can apply for a 24-month STEM extension of F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Health & Wellness

University Counseling Center is staffed by a team of psychologists, social workers, and graduate trainees. Group therapy sessions, workshops, and substance abuser services are also available.

Student Health Services is available on-campus for basic medical, psychiatric, and immunization services. The $130 wellness fee charged to your account each term covers an unlimited number of visits to the clinic.  

Disability Resources and Services (DRS) is the designated department by the University to determine reasonable accommodations and services to provide equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities.

Wellness Resources Guide for Graduate and Professional Students

Campus Recreation and Facilities

Student Services

Student ID Cards are available for all registered students in Panther Central, an office located on the ground floor of Litchfield Towers, the set of three cylindrical dormitories between Fifth and Forbes Avenues (pictured at right). The Panther Central office will take your photo and print your card in a few minutes. portal - Students with a University ID and password can log in to access email, Courseweb (for course work), Student Center (for scheduling), PittPay (to pay bills), Box (for  -  cloud storage), Emergency Notification System, free downloadable software, and the Technology Help Desk. Benefits to the Panther Card include free transportation on city buses, the subway, and the Incline; access to libraries and computer labs; access to on-campus fitness centers; free admission to local museums. To learn more about the card and its benefits, please visit Panther Central.

If you have questions about your University ID or your password, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP / 412-624-4357.

Financial Resources - Please visit the MQE Financial Resources webpage for links to external funding, Veteran Benefits, Pitt Fund$Me, and loans.

Software - Pitt students can download free or low-cost software packages through Computer Services and Systems Development. 

Technology Help Desk - Available in person, over the phone, and online, the Technology Help Desk can help with things like password resets, Courseweb access, or a malfunctioning personal computer. 

Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Resources - Academic, Teaching, Research, Career Preparation, Student Life, Health & Wellness

Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion helps build the University into a world-class model of diversity and inclusion defined by inclusive excellence and an environment that allows everyone to thrive. 

Office of Veterans Services assists with your military education benefits and provides camaraderie, a community, and a network.

Ombudsperson assists graduate students in the Dietrich School with resolving conflicts and issues that arise in the course of their graduate education that the students believe have not or cannot be addressed within their academic department. 

Graduate and Professional Student Orientation is a campus-wide event held each August, typically a few days before the start of the fall term.  Details will be sent to incoming students as part of Orientation and Base Camp.

Graduate Student Lounge

University Center for Teaching and Learning offers numerous free workshops throughout the term related to teaching, technology in the classroom, managing the classroom effectively, and more. 

University Library System offers free workshops throughout the term on library resources and academic issues.

Hillman Library (Chinese-, Japanese-, and Korean-language library orientations)

Off-Campus Emergency Resources

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, please contact the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 or dial 911.​ In addition to University resources, the following community resources are available: