University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Administrative & Policy Studies

The University of Pittsburgh provides Doctoral-level and Master's Program 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

Associate Professor Najeeb Shafiq's Article Honored with Outstanding Journal of Education Finance Award

Published on 4/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

M. Najeeb Shafiq, an associate professor of education, economics & international affairs, was honored by the Journal of Education Finance with an outstanding article award. His article, "Accounting for Risk of Non-Completion in Private and Social Rates of Return to Higher Education," is the 2014 re... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at Annual Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/11/2014 11:42:00 AM

Pictured from left to right: (back row) Sean McComb, Dean Alan Lesgold, Robert Robertson, Brent Johnson, Joshua “JC” Childs; (middle row) Katie Clark Patterson, Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Francesca Amati, Cynthia Reed, R. Rudy Filek; (front) Ellen Falk Hirsch. Not pictured: Antoinette Y. Farmer. The Scho... Read More...

Department of Psychology Day of Diversity on April 21

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

The Department of Psychology's Diversity Committee would like to invite faculty, staff, and students to a day of diversity in the classroom and research! They will be hosting a series of events from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday, April 21 in the Martin Room (4127 Sennott Square). University of Pitts... Read More...

PhD Student Josh Centor Named CMU Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation

Published on 4/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

Josh Centor was announced as director of athletics, physical education & recreation for Carnegie Mellon University following a national search. Centor is a School of Education PhD student in higher education management, and has been at CMU for six years. To find more about Centor and his background,... Read More...

RSVP for Upcoming School of Education Graduation by April 21

Published on 4/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education will be holding its 2014 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014. All graduates who attend will be individually recognized by name at the ceremony, which promptly begins at 9:00 a.m. Students should arrive at the Fitzgerald Field House, Allequi... Read More...

Various Faculty Members in ADMPS Helped Edit Upcoming Economics and Finance Book

Published on 4/2/2014 6:00:00 AM

Various faculty members within the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, including John Weidman, John Yeager, Linda DeAngelo, Michael Gunzenhauser, James Jacob, Maureen McClure, and Stewart Sutin, worked on editing a book titled Economics and Finance in Higher Education . The book is slated... Read More...

EdD Student Erica Kolat Featured in Observer-Reporter Story

Published on 3/31/2014 6:00:00 AM

Erica Kolat, a School of Education student in school leadership, was featured this week in the Observer-Reporter , a daily newspaper covering Washington and Greene counties in Southwest Pennsylvania. In the article, "New McGuffey superintendent wants to move district forward," she talks about her n... Read More...

PhD Student Jennifer Crandall Co-Authors Brief on President Obama's Ratings Plan

Published on 3/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

Social and Comparative Analysis in Education PhD Student Jennifer Crandall co-authored an issue brief on President Obama's proposed ratings plan that was recently mentioned in various online publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education . Read More...

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg to Serve as Pitt 2014 Commencement Speaker

Published on 3/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the University News.] University of Pittsburgh Chancellor and Distinguished Service Professor of Law Mark A. Nordenberg will serve as the featured speaker at the University’s 2014 commencement ceremony, according to Board of Trustees Chairperson Stephen R. Tritc... Read More...

IISE Giving Distinguished Service Award to Alumna Simona Popa

Published on 3/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) is giving its 2014 Distinguished Service Award to alumna Simona Popa, who has served at UNESCO International Bureau of Education over the past seven years. The members of IISE also honored her during a dinner at last week’s CIES Annual Conf... Read More...
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