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 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)
  • School 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: 412-648-7428
Fax: 412-648-1784
Twitter: @ADMPSnews

Latest News

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Call for Graduate Student Proposals for CGSE Spring Research Colloquium

Published on 2/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

The CGSE Conference Committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Spring 2015 Research Colloquium. This forum for education research will be held at The University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 27. The Colloquium provides an excellent opportunity to gain presentation experience an... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Hosting Spring 2015 Brown Bag Discussions in January, February, and March

Published on 2/9/2015 9:43:00 AM


Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Interviewed in Chronicle of Higher Education on Whether Net-Price Calculators Accurately Portray College Costs

Published on 1/30/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page was interviewed in an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education to discuss whether the federally required net-price calculators designed to provide college estimates for students are accurately predicting costs. The concept is also the focus of a new paper by Pa... Read More...

Associate Professor Najeeb Shafiq Featured in WalletHub's Recent Study Examining Cities with Most Efficient School Spending

Published on 1/29/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Najeeb Shafiq was interviewed in WalletHub’s recent study examining "2015′s Cities with the Most & Least Efficient Spending on Education." Shafiq discussed what makes school systems more effective, what factors influence a city's ROI on spending, and how residents can know wheth... Read More...

Assistant Professor Sean Kelly Invited to American Educational Research Journal Editorial Board

Published on 1/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sean Kelly, an assistant professor in the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, has been invited to join the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), one of the flagship publications of the American Educational Research Association. Kelly has served as a periodic... Read More...

51 Superintendents from Across the Region Gather for Pitt Forum Retreat

Published on 1/5/2015 12:41:00 PM

The Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents (The Forum) met in December, bringing together 51 superintendents, guest researchers, and university faculty. This professional development conference was designed to promote the use of research in planning and decision-making by school leade... Read More...

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Published on 12/22/2014 6:00:00 AM

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EdD Graduate and Assistant Superintendent Todd Keruskin Helps Children Embrace Technology that Combines Art and 3D Printing

Published on 12/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

EdD school leadership graduate Todd Keruskin is helping teach children through art and 3D technology at Elizabeth Forward School District. Keruskin, who is assistant superintendent at Elizabeth Forward, works with 3D printing at every school level, including kindergarteners using an iPad app to desi... Read More...
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