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.

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

M. Najeeb Shafiq Serves as Key Contributor to 2018 World Development Report

Published on 3/8/2018 1:40:00 PM

M. Najeeb Shafiq, department chairperson of Administrative and Policy Studies in the University of Pittsbugh School of Education, and Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs, contributed to the 2018 World Development Report (WDR) : Learning to Realize Education's Promise. The W... Read More...

Pitt Experts Active in Drafting National Physical Activity Guidelines

Published on 3/7/2018 5:07:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh faculty members, along with 15 other top researchers from across the nation, recently steered the creation of the federal 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. John Jakicic, a D... Read More...

SOE Alumni Awards Reception Slated for April 6

Published on 3/6/2018 11:33:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education cordially invites you and your guest to our Alumni Reception to present the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognize our outstanding students. Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6–9:30 p.m. | The University Club • Ballroom B (123 University Place, Pitt... Read More...

Online SOE Graduate Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Published on 1/9/2018 1:38:00 PM

Complete Rankings | U.S. News & World Report The University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been ranked the No. 28 school in the nation in online graduate education programs by U.S. News & World Report , the publication announced Tuesday. At Pitt, School of Education online courses are taught... Read More...

David Beck Named Educator of the Year by Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants

Published on 11/14/2017 2:24:00 PM

David Beck , a current EdD student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and an assistant professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences , was recently recognized as Pennsylvania Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. Candidates for th... Read More...

SCAE Graduate Receives National Folk Art Honor

Published on 11/9/2017 1:29:00 PM

Linda Deafenbaugh, a doctoral graduate of the social and comparative analysis in education program and the team leader on the Yoga and Folk Tales project, received the nationally-recognized Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize. This prize is awarded annually by the Folklore in Education Sect... Read More...

SOE Helps Lead Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U

Published on 11/9/2017 10:40:00 AM

CALL FOR PAPER (DUE 01/25/2018, 11:00 PM) Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U University of Pittsburgh | March 28th, 2018 | University Club 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 REGISTRATION: COMING SOON PDF Guidelines CONFERENCE OVERVIEW, GOALS, AND BROADER IMPACT Health and... Read More...

SOE Enrollment Managers on the Road

Published on 10/4/2017 4:17:00 PM

Representatives from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will travel to locations across Pennsylvania and the region during the fall to provide information and meet with prospective graduate and doctoral candidates. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet with admissions represen... Read More...

Kelly and Godley Team Up for NSF Grant

Published on 9/21/2017 5:54:00 PM

Sean Kelly, an associate professor in Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and Amanda Godley, a professor in Department of Instruction and Learning, have received funding of $236,928 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support new research on teacher discourse analytics. The pr... Read More...

Special Education Program and Center for Urban Education Receive $1 Million Leadership Training Grant

Published on 8/29/2017 3:38:00 PM

A group of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education has received a leadership training grant from the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for a new urban special education program. The grant, which totals more than $1 million, will operate the Urban Special Ed... Read More...
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