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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 three programs of study in the related areas of higher education management, school leadership, and social and comparative analysis of education.

  • Higher Education Management 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)
  • Education Leadership 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.
  • Social and Comparative Analysis in Education offers an MEd, Master of Arts (MA), EdD, and PhD degree. 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.

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. And 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.

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: 412-648-7036
Fax: 412-648-1784
Twitter: @ADMPSnews

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School of Education Names Valerie Kinloch as New Renee and Richard Goldman Dean

Published on 1/10/2017 2:00:00 PM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] Valerie Kinloch has been named the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Currently serving as a professor of literacy studies and the associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engageme... Read More...

Research Associate Professor Jill Perry to Oversee Book Series through Harvard Education Publishing Group

Published on 1/3/2017 6:00:00 AM

Research Associate Professor Jill Perry had a book series accepted by the Harvard Education Publishing Group. She will be the editor and author several books in the series. Perry is also executive director of Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate ( CPED ), which is headquartered at the School... Read More...

Motivation Center 2016-2017 Speaker Series Presents Lou Murayama on January 20

Published on 1/2/2017 6:00:00 AM

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PhD Student Oscar Medina Chosen as 2017 Graduate Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

Published on 12/21/2016 6:00:00 AM

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Pitt Named Best Value in Public Higher Education in Pennsylvania for 12th Time

Published on 12/16/2016 9:30:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the University News .] The University of Pittsburgh has again been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best-value public colleges nationwide. And, for the 12th consecutive year, the University ranks as the top value among all public colleges and ... Read More...

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Publishes Inaugural Issue of "Impacting Education: Journal of Transforming Professional Practice"

Published on 12/16/2016 6:00:00 AM

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), located in the School of Education, has published its inaugural issue of the CPED journal , titled Impacting Education: Journal of Transforming Professional Practice (IE). The journal is an international, peer reviewed, open-access journal hous... Read More...

Distinguished Professor John Jakicic Leading $170 Million, 19-Center Research Project on Molecular Benefits of Exercise

Published on 12/13/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] Physical activity is good for our overall well-being. Yet, science has never determined exactly why that is. The University of Pittsburgh has been chosen by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a large-scale collaboration to investigat... Read More...

Associate Professor Najeeb Shafiq Named Academic Assessor by UK Economics and Social Research Council and Department for International Development

Published on 12/2/2016 3:30:00 PM

Associate Professor M. Najeeb Shafiq has been invited as an Academic Assessor by the United Kingdom’s Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID). In this capacity, he will be reviewing proposals submitted in response to the funding call under th... Read More...

Student Sheila Confer Awarded with 2016 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement

Published on 11/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] Hanifa Nakiryowa advocates for the health and safety of acid-attack survivors. Sheila Confer instills the values of tolerance and social consciousness amongst students. Jackie Smith investigates issues related to globalization and social move... Read More...

Associate Professor Jill Perry Receives William T. Grant Foundation Grant for $511,000

Published on 11/9/2016 6:00:00 AM

Research Associate Professor Jill Perry is co-principal investigator on a William T. Grant Foundation grant for $511,000, entitled "The Education Doctorate: A Promising Strategy to Promote Smart Use of Research Evidence." Perry is also executive director of CPED, which is headquartered at the Schoo... Read More...
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