EdD Admissions

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Application Requirements for EdD Students

Thank you for your interest in enrolling in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the Pitt School of Education. Our program is committed to helping leaders in education reach the next level, as they work to transform education for the greater good.

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Admissions Deadline

February 1.  Applications received after February 1 may be considered, only if space is available.

Program Start Date

Cohorts begin in the summer term only

Admissions Requirements

Online Application

  1. GRE scores are not required
  2. Completed School of Education online admissions application.
  3. A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card
  4. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. A goal statement that consists of the following:  "Please share your reasons for pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will help you achieve those goals. Include any aspects of your experience, skills, and background which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your fit for the program for which you are applying. If applying for an EdD or PhD program, please also discuss your area(s) of research, academic and/or professional interests and identify 1-3 faculty you're interested in working with and why. Your goal statement should be a maximum of 750 words."
  6. Three letters of recommendation; at least one reference must be from a supervisor and at least one reference must be from someone with knowledge of the student’s performance in an academic setting (e.g., a master’s program).

Transcript Submission

  1. In the Academic History section of the online application, please request that official transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended are sent to GRADCAS. If your previous institution is unable to send transcripts electronically, please contact an Admissions & Recruitment Manager at 412-648-2230 or soeinfo@pitt.edu. Grade point averages of 3.0 in undergraduate study and 3.5 in graduate study are recommended.
  2. Official, third-party evaluation of all international transcripts for applicants who have not received a master's degree within the United States; we strongly recommend using World Education Services (WES) to complete this service.

Credit Transfer Requirements

The EdD degree at Pitt Education consists of 90 academic credits. Of that total, 30 credits will be transferred into the program from a master's degree that the applicant previously completed. In order for credits to transfer, the applicant must have earned a grade of B or better in each course, and the courses must be in qualified area.

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions team at soeinfo@pitt.edu. We are happy to assist you! 

Need-Based Fee Waiver

Applicants may be eligible for a need-based application fee waiver due to:

  • Pell eligibility within the last three years
  • Recent participation in federal, state, or local programs that aid students from low-income families
  • Qualification for public assistance
  • Otherwise demonstrable financial hardship, including emergency expenses or unexpected medical bills

If you believe that you are eligible for a need-based fee waiver, please submit your request HERE. Our admissions staff will review your request, and reach back out to assist you in completing your application. The School of Education reserves the right to request any necessary documentation.