University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Administrative & Policy Studies

The University of Pittsburgh provides doctoral and Master's programs in education for students interested in educational policy and administration.

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From Managing Educational Organizations to Achieving Educational Objectives

The Department of Administrative and Policy Studies (ADMPS) offers programs of study in the related areas of higher education management, school leadership, and social and comparative analysis of education. ADMPS faculty are renowned experts in the integration of theory and practice on reforming educational organizations and developing effective educational policy. Drawing from an interdisciplinary knowledge base, we cultivate global and cross-cultural perspectives and embrace innovative research methods in the service of educational improvement.

Beyond teacher education, students have the opportunity to expand their horizons and gain a truly global perspective, including interacting with other students from more than 20 countries and working with faculty on projects in countries as broad as Indonesia, Mongolia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Korea, and Chile. This global viewpoint has become increasingly valuable in the 21st century workplace, which increases the marketability of our students by expanding their worldviews.

The ADMPS Department offers a wide variety of programs and certificate options and takes great pride in ensuring that these educational opportunities provide the cutting edge in both content and instruction. Students can pursue a masters degree, certification, or doctoral degree in education (PhD, EdD) through a mix of both on-campus and online education. With the advances in distance education and courses scheduled in the evening, Pitt’s ADMPS degrees can provide the flexibility that working students need to obtain their degrees without sacrificing their employment.

The ADMPS Department provides three main areas of study: Higher Education Management, School Leadership, and Social and Comparative Analysis of Education.
  • The Higher Education Management program focuses on preparing students to become leaders in post-secondary education, with options for a Master of Education (MEd), Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • Our School Leadership program includes the option for an MEd, EdD, and PhD as well as several certificate options, including a K-12 Principal Certificate, a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility, and a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Certificate. These School Leadership programs are designed to develop strong leaders, focusing on providing students with the skills necessary to give them the competitive edge.
  • Finally, ADMPS also offers an MEd, Master of Arts (MA), EdD, and PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education. These programs prepare students to use various research tools, theory, and practice to address problems in education. For the MEd and MA programs, students may specialize in either the Social Context of Education or Comparative and International Education Policy.

Graduates from our ADMPS programs have gone on to achieve success in a variety of roles, including leadership, administrative and staff positions in schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and national ministries of education. Education graduates also go on to research and policy positions in local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as careers in research and teaching at the collegiate level.

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Administrative and Policy Studies
5902 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7428
Fax: 412-648-1784
Twitter: @ADMPSnews

Latest News

Professors, Alumni, and Graduates Involved with Flight 93 Memorial Project Featured in Various Media

Published on 9/18/2014 6:00:00 AM

School of Education alumni, graduate students, and professors have received media coverage from a variety of sources as part of creating the Junior Ranger Program at the Flight 93 Memorial. The program activities and illustrations at Flight 93 are the collaborative work of an academic team from the ... Read More...

IISE Symposium Series - Increasing Significance of Minority Serving Institutions

Published on 9/16/2014 6:00:00 AM


Assistant Professor Sean Kelly Wins Most Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal "Sociology of Education"

Published on 9/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Sean Kelly has received an outstanding reviewer award from the journal Sociology of Education (SOE). Kelly, who teaches in the school's Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, is a long-time reviewer for SOE, and served on the editorial board from 2010-12. In 2011, Univ... Read More...

Assistant Professor Sean Kelly to Receive Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award from AERA

Published on 9/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

Sean Kelly, assistant professor of Administrative and Policy Studies, is one of the 2014 recipients of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education. AERA selected the paper “English Teacher Candidates Developing Dialo... Read More...

PhD Graduate Annamore Matambanadzo Bringing U.S. Conference on African Immigrant and Refugee Health to Pittsburgh

Published on 9/4/2014 6:00:00 AM

Annamore Matambanadzo, an alumna of the social and comparative analysis in education program , is the planning committee chair and event coordinator for the 2nd United States Conference on African Immigrant and Refugee Health (USCAIH-2), occurring on September 19-21, 2014. The Office of Minority Hea... Read More...

The School of Education Holding Open House on November 15

Published on 8/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you considering graduate studies at Pitt's School of Education? Come spend the morning with faculty, staff, and current students and hear about your program of interest and the application, admissions, and financial aid processes. The open house is on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m., followe... Read More...

Lindsay Page's Research on Summer Melt Featured in Washington Post, ABC News, and NPR

Published on 8/25/2014 6:00:00 AM

Research Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's research on "summer melt" was recently featured in the Washington Post , ABC News , and NPR's Essential Pittsburgh . Summer melt is the concept of high school students planning to go to college who, due to lack of resources or mentors, decide not to atten... Read More...

Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Early Childhood Education Take School of Education's First Study Abroad Trip

Published on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

A group of School of Education undergraduate and graduate students traveled to Italy during May 2014 for the school's first-ever study abroad trip. Accompanying the students were faculty members Patricia Crawford, Anna Arlotta-Guerrero, and Shannon Wanless, who also conceptualized the trip. Wanless... Read More...

Alumnus Terence P. Meehan Named as Superintendent for Neshannock Township School District

Published on 7/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

Terence P. Meehan, an alumnus of the School of Education's Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, is the new superintendent at Neshannock Township School District. He was voted in during April 2014, and began his role on July 1, 2014, following the retirement of Mary Todora. Meehan, 50, is... Read More...

Alumna Cynthia Reed Named Dean of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University

Published on 7/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

Cynthia J. Reed, an alumna of the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, was named dean of the Northern Kentucky University College of Education and Human Services. Reed currently serves as Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership and Truman Pierce Institut... Read More...
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