University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Higher Education Management

Higher Education Management Offers a Master of Education Degree and a Doctor of Education.

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.

Degree and Certification Options


  • Master of Education (MEd) - The MEd program allows full- or part-time students to earn a degree in student services or management.
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - The EdD is a part-time program for working professionals who have already earned a relevant master’s degree.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - The PhD is a full-time program for those committed to scholarship, research, and practice in the field of higher education.

Contact Information

Admissions Inquiries and General Information

School of Education
Admissions and Enrollment Services
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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