University of Pittsburgh

School of Education

Administrative & Policy Studies

Higher Education Management

  • M.A.
  • Ph D.
  • Ed D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Gina A Garcia
230 South Bouquet Street
5907 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 16260

Program Statement

Our Master of Education (MEd) program is designed specifically to fit the needs of early-career professionals in one of two tracks: student services or management. This is completed through a wide range of opportunities, including required internships and academic rigor within practice-based courses. 

The new Doctor of Education (EdD) program will help students prepare to become leaders in a variety of settings. The EdD provides both a theoretical and a practical orientation to the management of postsecondary educational organizations. It will be a three-year, cohort-based degree model featuring executive and hybrid course delivery to accommodate the needs of the working professional, as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. The program has a start date of summer 2014.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is designed for those seeking a scholarly career in research and university teaching. The program offers widespread opportunities for study, research, presentation, and publication with faculty members who are doing cutting-edge research in the field. Faculty members have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and their research areas span from student access to outcomes, international and comparative, administration and management, and policy. In addition to core courses, the coursework offers students have the opportunity to take develop an area of specialization within the field of higher education. Students are also required to take courses outside of the school of education to develop competency in a discipline to inform their development as scholars of higher education.

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years (M.Ed.); 3 years (Ed.D.); 4 years (Ph.D.)

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Hybrid
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: