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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

Latest News

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...

Send in Nominations for School of Education 2016 Alumni Awards

Published on 11/2/2016 6:00:00 AM

We are seeking nominations for the School of Education’s 2017 Alumni Awards. Through this program, we honor the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Ed... Read More...

Student Timothy Wagner Named as Emerging Leader by the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Published on 11/1/2016 6:00:00 AM

Timothy M. Wagner, a School of Education letter of eligibility student as well as associate principal for program planning and innovation at Upper St. Clair High School, has been named an Emerging Leader by the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Wagner previously e... Read More...

Pitt Named by "WSJ" as Best in Northeast and Among Best in World

Published on 10/26/2016 6:00:00 AM

[News release published on behalf of University News .] The University of Pittsburgh is among the top universities in the world and is the best public university in the Northeast according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Pitt’s campus in Pittsburgh has the highest... Read More...

Health and Physical Activity Department Sponsoring Talk on "Physical Activity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century"

Published on 10/12/2016 10:50:00 AM

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Alumna and CNN Hero Kakenya Ntaiya Giving Pitt International Week Keynote Talk on October 25

Published on 10/7/2016 9:28:00 AM

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More than 20 Administrative Students and Alumni Began New Positions in Summer 2016

Published on 9/26/2016 6:00:00 AM

The following is a list of current students and alumni in the principal, superintendent or letter of eligibility certificate programs who have experienced career advancements through new positions during summer 2016. Superintendents Caroline Johns, Northgate School District Dr. Michael Loughead, Ham... Read More...

Mark Hornack - From Student Council to U.S. District Judge

Published on 8/29/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Mark Hornack Role: United States District Judge Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree When Mark Hornak was in junior high, he was part of student council. When he went to high school, he was class president. And when he was in college, he ran for the school board. So while he suspected... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Jeff Duncan-Andrade on October 20

Published on 8/24/2016 10:12:00 AM

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