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

Latest News

Faculty and Student Published Articles: March-June 2016

Published on 6/15/2016 6:00:00 AM

The following are articles written by faculty members or students that were published online between March-June 2016. "Utility and Validity of Authentic Assessments and Conventional Tests for International Early Childhood Intervention Purposes: Evidence from U.S. National Social Validity Research" ... Read More...

Alumnus Wayne Gdovic Named as New South Park School District Superintendent

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

Alumnus Wayne Gdovic was named by South Park School District as its new superintendent , effective July 1. Gdovic previously worked at South Allegheny School District, where he was school chief since 2010 as superintendent, after having served in an acting capacity for a year. Gdovic also has held ... Read More...

EdD Alumnus Sito Narcisse Appointed as Chief of Schools at Metro Nashville Public Schools

Published on 5/26/2016 6:00:00 AM

Doctoral alumnus Sito Narcisse has been appointed to Metro Nashville Public Schools' central office as chief of schools . His role as chief of schools will be to oversee the mentoring, support, and evaluation of school-based administrators. He is currently associate superintendent at Prince George'... Read More...

Research Associate Professor Jill Perry Edits New Book "The EdD and the Scholarly Practitioner"

Published on 5/23/2016 6:00:00 AM

Research Associate Professor Jill Perry edited a new book, titled The EdD and the Scholarly Practitioner . The purpose of the book is to highlight the efforts of the members of Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate ( CPED ) to prepare "scholarly practitioners" in the field of education lead... Read More...

School of Education Launches New Urban Education Certificate Program

Published on 5/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] In America’s classrooms, a cultural divide exists between teachers, who are most often white, and a student population that continues to expand in ethnic diversity. This is especially true in Pittsburgh, where nearly 85 percent of public schoo... Read More...

Doctoral Student Caroline Johns Named as Northgate's New Superintendent

Published on 5/11/2016 6:00:00 AM

Doctoral student Caroline Johns was named as Northgate School District's new superintendent. Johns currently serves as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for the Moon Area School District. She first joined the district’s administrative staff as principal of Allard Elementary Sch... Read More...

Associate Professor Sean Kelly Elected Chair of AERA Special Interest Group

Published on 5/9/2016 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Sean Kelly has been elected chair (for a two-year term 2016-2018) of the Sociology of Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association. Read More...

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia Awarded with National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

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

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia has been awarded with a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017-2018 year, which "supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research," as well as developing the careers of its recipients through pr... Read More...

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...
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