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

Associate Dean and Associate Professor Lindsay Clare Matsumura Named School of Education Interim Dean

Published on 4/25/2016 3:00:00 PM

Lindsay Clare Matsumura, the School of Education associate dean of research and faculty development, has been named by University of Pittsburgh Provost Patricia Beeson as interim dean of the School of Education. "We will be continuing the search for a new dean of the School of Education," said Bees... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Alumni at 2016 Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2016 Alumni Awards on Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is listed... Read More...

PhD Alumnus Robert Scherrer Named as Top Administrator for North Allegheny School District

Published on 4/15/2016 10:55:00 AM

PhD alumnus and North Allegheny School District acting Superintendent Robert Scherrer was named as the district's top administrator . He was previously named as acting superintendent of schools in December, following a six-month stint as a substitute superintendent. He was initially hired by North ... Read More...

Ira Murray - Researching Youth in Out-of-School Settings

Published on 4/6/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Ira Murray Role: K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, Center for Urban Education (CUE) Graduate Research and Teaching Associate Degree Program: Philosophy of Education (PhD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Can you talk about your research? My research focus is on youth sociopolitical develo... Read More...

Professor John C. Weidman Appointed to the UNESCO Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education Advisory Board

Published on 4/6/2016 6:00:00 AM

Professor John Weidman was appointed to the advisory board of the UNESCO Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The advisory committee is a central part of the governing body at RCQE and assists the director-general in performing its services and ach... Read More...

Mary Napoli - Creating Equity in the High School to College Pipeline

Published on 4/5/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Mary Napoli Role: Academic Specialist and BRIDGES Coordinator at the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Academic Resource Center Area of Concentration (ARCO): Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Can you talk about your EdD research? My research is focu... Read More...

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia Named a Ford Foundation Fellow

Published on 4/4/2016 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia has been selected as an awardee in the Ford Foundation 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition. This fellowship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In her se... Read More...

The Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents Celebrates 20 Years

Published on 4/1/2016 6:00:00 AM

The Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents (The Forum), a School of Education organization dedicated to providing professional development for superintendents from the public, public charter, and parochial school districts of Western Pennsylvania, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Ap... Read More...

Paul Spradley - Bringing Accountability to African American Student Mentoring

Published on 3/31/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Paul Spradley Role: Human Capital Manager at Pittsburgh Public Schools Area of Concentration (ARCO): Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Could you talk a little bit about your research and how it’s related to mentoring? One of the things that got me in... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Leads Research Study on Benefits of Forwarding Additional SAT Score Reports

Published on 3/28/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] In 2007, College Board—the nonprofit corporation that administers the SAT—instituted a new score-sending policy intent on increasing college applications and improving college match for low-income students. The new policy raised the number of... Read More...
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