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)
  • School 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

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...

Associate Professor Sean Kelly and Graduate Student Laura Northrop Collaborate for New Study in "American Educational Research Journal"

Published on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

In a new study published in the American Educational Research Journal , Associate Professor Sean Kelly and PhD candidate Laura Northrop, also a lecturer at Pitt and John Carroll University, report that early career teachers who graduated from the most selective colleges are more likely to leave the ... Read More...

Institute for International Studies in Education and Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity Cohosting Opening Reception on September 9

Published on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM


School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...

Cooperative Undergraduate Program Between University of Pittsburgh and Beijing Normal University from China

Published on 7/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training of Beijing Normal University (BNU) are now offering a program to help Chinese students prepare for undergraduate study in the United States. The program focuses on selecting top Chinese high... Read More...

EdD Student Patrick Graczyk Hired as Allegheny Valley School District Superintendent

Published on 6/26/2015 6:00:00 AM

Patrick M. Graczyk, who is beginning Pitt's School of Education doctoral program this summer, was named by the Allegheny Valley School District as its new superintendent . He will begin the job on August 1, succeeding superintendent Cheryl A. Griffith, who announced her retirement in January. Alleg... Read More...

Four School of Education Professors Contribute as Editors to Book on Community Engagement in Higher Education

Published on 6/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

Four School of Education professors in the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, James Jacob, Stewart Sutin, John Weidman, and John Yeager, edited a new book , Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice . The 18-chapter anthology, published by Sense Publishers, co... Read More...

Research of Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Used as Basis for Getting St. Louis Students to College

Published on 6/12/2015 9:14:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's research on "summer melt" is being used as a basis for the High School to College Center in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Summer melt is the concept of high school students--as many as 20 percent--planning to go to college who, due to lack ... Read More...

PhD Student Lisa Brown Featured in "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" for Environmental Work

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

Lisa Brown, a PhD student in the Social and Comparative Analysis in Education ( SCAE ) program, was featured in the June 2 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her environmental work with the Saw Mill Run stream in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Brown, who is coordinator of the new, nonprofit S... Read More...
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