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

EdD Alumnus Joseph W. Pasquerilla Named Superintendent of the Bethel Park School District

Published on 2/5/2016 6:00:00 AM

Doctor of education (EdD) graduate Joseph W. Pasquerilla was named superintendent of the Bethel Park School District . Pasquerilla will replace Nancy Aloi Rose, who has been the district’s superintendent since January 2012 and will retire at the end of her current contract. His official start date ... Read More...

PhD Alumna Donna Imhoff Named President of Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus

Published on 2/1/2016 6:00:00 AM

PhD alumna Donna Imhoff was named president of Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus in Parma, Ohio. She will begin the position starting February 1. Imhoff had spent the previous four years as president of the Allegheny Campus of the Community College (CCAC) of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh... Read More...

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia Published in the "Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs"

Published on 1/29/2016 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia wrote an article for the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) on challenging the use of racial microaggressions to understand racially biased incidents. JCSHESA is published through Loyola University Chicago. The article, ... Read More...

Department Chair Mary Margaret Kerr Elected to Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial's Board of Directors

Published on 1/27/2016 6:00:00 AM

Department Chair Mary Margaret Kerr has been elected to serve on the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial 's Board of Directors. Kerr, who is also a professor, will begin her term in 2016 and focus primarily on the memorial's new learning center. Read More...

PhD Student Laura Northrop Hired as Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University

Published on 1/22/2016 6:00:00 AM

A PhD student in the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, Laura Northrop, has accepted an assistant professor position in the department of teacher education at Cleveland State University. The position is tenure track. Read More...

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia and Graduate Student Jenesis J. Ramirez Write Article for "Urban Education" on Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Published on 1/14/2016 6:00:00 AM

Gina Garcia Jenesis Ramirez Assistant Professor Gina Garcia and PhD graduate student Jenesis J. Ramirez wrote an article for the journal Urban Education on institutional agents at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), which are schools that have at least a 25% Hispanic student enrollment. The artic... Read More...

Institute for International Studies in Education 2016 Symposium Series on Wednesday, January 20

Published on 1/12/2016 6:00:00 AM


Jill Daloisio - Advancing from Classroom Leader to School Leader

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

Name: Jill Daloisio Role: Principal at Logan Elementary in the Altoona Area School District Area of Concentration (ARCO): Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Education Leadership Problem of Practice: “Researching the retention rate of building principals and determining why turnover has increased acros... Read More...

PhD Student George Kacenga Selected to Receive 2015 Marjorie Peace Lenn Research Award

Published on 1/8/2016 6:00:00 AM

Social and comparative analysis PhD student George Kacenga was selected by the American International Recruitment Council to receive its 2015 Marjorie Peace Lenn Research award. The award was given based on Kacenga's research paper, titled “Economic Drivers Influencing the Agency and Structure of A... Read More...

Associate Professor Maureen McClure Honored as National Education Finance Conference Distinguished Fellow and Named Tribune Review 'Newsmaker'

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

Associate Professor Maureen McClure was named as a National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) Distinguished Fellow, one of the highest recognitions in the field of education finance. The award winners will be honored during the National Education Finance Conference, occurring February 10-12, 2016... Read More...
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