Explore all Programs

Pitt's Cathedral of Learning viewed from the trees at sunrise

Creating a More Just and Equitable World

The University School of Education offers programs that study the systems, structures, policies, and organizational frameworks of education.

By studying the underlying foundations of education, are students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to work toward transformational change.  Our programs prepare you to envision, understand, evaluate, and implement the systems that can improve education and society.

We offer master’s and doctoral programs in:
  • Education Policy
  • Higher Education
  • Urban Education
  • Learning Sciences and Policy
  • Research Methodology

Our Students Enjoy

relationships icon

Access to our centers in urban education, international studies, and higher education

Mortarboard icon

Faculty instructors who are the leading experts in the field


Inclusion in a diverse and talented community of classmates

Cathedral of Learning

Centers and Projects

Our students enjoy many opportunities for professional development, networking, and learning outside the classroom.

A key component is the many centers, institutes, and organizations either based in our school or affiliated with our faculty.

All Centers and Projects

Based in Pittsburgh. Known Around the World.


Public School of Education in Pennsylvania and top 20 public nationally
(U.S. News & World Report)


Alumni globally and largest education network of any University in Western Pennsylvania


Committed to student success

Posvar Hall exterior by trees and renovated classrooms

Systems-Based Approach

Our programs in this area of study seek to understand the underlying systems and structures of education in society. This knowledge and understanding is essential for those who wish to make transformative change.

The School of Education mission calls on us to disrupt and transform inequitable educational structures.

Experience Our School’s Mission

Back to Top