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

Latest News

Open Forum for Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search on October 14

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

Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search Open Forum Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:00-11:00 a.m. The Office of the Provost is conducting a search for the next Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education. As part of this process, the search committee will hold an... Read More...

Doctoral Graduate Jeff Evancho Featured in "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" for Healthy Food Initiative

Published on 9/25/2015 6:00:00 AM

EdD program graduate Jeff Evancho was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for his role in Quaker Valley School District's Studio Life after-school program and its healthy food initiative, which allows students to eat meals with food they have helped to grow. Evancho, who is a teacher at Quaker... Read More...

School of Education Offering Workshops on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language During Fall

Published on 9/17/2015 6:00:00 AM


Adjunct Faculty Richard Altenbaugh Publishes Book on Polio, Disability, and 20th Century American Culture

Published on 9/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

Richard Altenbaugh, an adjunct faculty member in Administrative and Policy Studies Department, wrote a new book that was released this month, The Last Children's Plague: Poliomyelitis, Disability, and Twentieth-Century American Culture . Published by Palgrave Macmillan in both hardcover and ebook, ... Read More...

School of Education Homecoming Reception on October 9

Published on 9/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education Cordially Invites You and Your Guest to Our Homecoming Weekend Reception Please join us for an evening of reconnecting with alumni and friends before the Fireworks & Laser Show Friday, October 9, 2015 7-9:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will ... Read More...

Graduate Student Osly Flores Named a 2015-2016 Barbara L. Jackson Scholar

Published on 9/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

Administrative and Policy Studies doctoral student Osly Flores has been selected as a 2015-2016 Barbara L. Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. The Jackson Scholars is a two-year program providing "formal networking, mentoring and professional development for gr... Read More...

Alumna Stacey Snyder Named School Psychologist/Director of Pupil Services at Southmoreland School District

Published on 9/8/2015 6:00:00 AM

Stacey Snyder, doctoral graduate of the Administrative and Policy Studies program, was named by Southmoreland School District as the school psychologist/director of pupil services by a unanimous vote of the board. She will begin the role in early October. “She will function as our school psychologis... Read More...

PhD Graduate Darlene Zellers Appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Office of Academic Career Development

Published on 9/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

PhD graduate Darlene Zellers has been appointed as associate vice chancellor for the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD), health sciences. Zellers has served as the director of the OACD since 2003, and she assumed the additional role of associate dean for postdoctoral affairs in the School... Read More...

Higher Education Management Student Shanai Sloan Appointed to the Graduate Associate Program at NASPA

Published on 9/4/2015 6:00:00 AM

Shanai Sloan, Master of Education ( MEd ) student in higher education management - student services, was appointed to the Graduate Associate Program at NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), which is “the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of th... Read More...

Graduate Student Dana Winters Appointed to Journal of College Student Development Review Board

Published on 8/21/2015 6:00:00 AM

Dana Winters, PhD student in Administrative and Policy Studies Department, has been appointed to the review board for the Research in Brief/On Campus section of the Journal of College Student Development , which is the largest and leading source of research about college students and the field of s... Read More...
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