School of Education University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
student ratio
total students
$19,964 | $32,686
in-state | out-of-state tuition
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
14 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Graduate Studies in Education at University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), in western Pennsylvania, was founded in 1787 and is one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the nation. "US News and World Report" ranks the University of Pittsburgh School of Education graduate program among its top 25 graduate education programs in the nation.

The School of Education (SOE) consists of 4 academic departments: Administrative and Policy Studies, Health and Physical Activity, Instruction and Learning, and Psychology in Education. Through these departments, the school awards 64 graduate degrees and offers 29 certificate programs.

Administrative and Policy Studies Graduate Degrees

The School of Education's Administrative and Policy Studies (ADPS) program helps to develop school leaders and policymakers who can effectively advocate advancements while managing higher education systems.

Master's and doctoral degrees are offered in higher education management, school leadership, and social and comparative analysis in education. Administrative and supervisory certificates are also offered in school leadership.

Health and Physical Activity Graduate Degrees

The Health and Physical Activity (HPA) program promotes the importance of physically active lifestyles and other health-related behaviors that lead to better quality of life.

Master's degrees are offered in the areas of developmental movement, health and fitness, health and physical activity, and chronic disease. HPA also runs a doctoral degree program in exercise physiology.

Instruction and Learning Graduate Degrees

The Instruction and Learning Department (IL) program prepares expert teachers in specific subject areas by shaping an understanding of educating and learning from various perspectives.

The program awards a master's degree, teaching certificate, supervisory certificate, and a PhD in Reading Education. Master's degrees and teaching certificates are awarded in early childhood education and elementary education.

Secondary education master's and doctoral degrees and teaching certificates are offered in English and communications education; foreign language education (professional certificate also available); mathematics education; science education; and social studies education.

Special Education master's and doctoral degrees are offered in early intervention; education of students with mental and physical disabilities (teaching certificate also offered); and vision studies (teaching and professional certificates also offered). The General Special Education program awards the master's degree, as well as supervisory and professional certificates.

Learning Policy Center Doctoral Degree

The Learning Policy Center (LPC) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education incorporates the inclusion of learning sciences into education and teaching and emphasizes organizational and policy change with the goal of improving instruction. A PhD in Learning Sciences is awarded to students completing the program.

Psychology of Education

The Psychology in Education program (PSYED) prepares graduates for professional careers in and out of the classroom (applied developmental psychology) and in the lab (research methodology). Master's and doctoral degrees, as well as teaching certificates, are awarded in applied developmental psychology. The school also offers master's and doctoral degrees in research methodology.

Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program

The Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) doctoral program at Pitt SOE brings together the 4 doctoral programs in the Department of Instruction and Learning -- "English Education," "Foreign Language Education," "Reading Education," and "Social Studies Education" -- and takes an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of cultural, linguistic, social, psychological, and political perspectives on educational studies.

The LLC program is appropriate for students with backgrounds in subject matter disciplines (such as reading, English education, foreign and second language learning, applied linguistics, and social studies education) and also for students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary studies in instruction and learning.

Faculty, Research, and Outreach

The School of Education at University of Pittsburgh has 56 fulltime faculty members on staff with a 4:1 ratio of fulltime equivalent doctoral students to fulltime faculty members. Faculty members and graduate students are involved in a variety of collaborative research experiences ranging from more basic research to research that is applied to school settings.

The SOE also has many partnerships with centers, institutes, and initiatives both on campus and regionally and has developed some of its own centers to enhance the education of its students and students in the local communities. These include outreach programs such as the Western PA Writing project and the Educational Leadership Initiative.

The tuition-based Falk Laboratory School, affiliated with the SOE, is a campus laboratory that provides faculty members, student interns, practicum students, and researchers with opportunities to develop and support new and innovative practices in education.

Scholarships, Assistantships, Fellowships

The School of Education offers some departmental aid options to students pursuing advanced degrees. Financial assistance is available to a limited number of graduate students through graduate student assistantships, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, graduate student researchers, and tuition remission.

In addition to department aid, the SOE has numerous scholarships and fellowships available that were established through gifts or grants.

Campus and Surroundings

The main campus of the University of Pittsburgh is situated on 132 urban acres in Pittsburgh's historic Oakland section. Much of the campus, including its centerpiece 42-story Cathedral of Learning, falls within the Oakland Civic Center and Schenley Farms National Historic District, a park populated with buildings that replicate the city's architectural history.

The main campus abuts or is within a short walking distance of many recreational, cultural, and educational institutions that also populate the Oakland neighborhood. The campus is directly adjacent to Schenley Plaza, the main branch of the Carnegie Public Library, the Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art, and the Carnegie Music Hall.

The campus is widely recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability and has won multiple Green Star Awards from the Professional Grounds Management Society.

Location & Contact

School of Education

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Dr. Alan Lesgold


Phone: 412-648-1773
Fax: 412-648-1825

Ms. Maggie Sikora

Director of Admissions

Phone: 412-648-7056
Fax: 412-648-1899

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Education Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Education (M Ed)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 355
    • Doctoral Degrees 47
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 754
    • Accepted 522
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 317
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th July 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$19,964
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,686
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$740.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students917
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students917
    • Part-time Percentage50%
    • Full-time Percentage50%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian84%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty221
    • Full-time Percentage39%
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$15,321,424




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