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Doctorate in Leadership and Administration

PROGRAM GUIDE | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | THREE-YEAR PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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Explore Our Three-Year Doctoral Program Designed for Working Professionals

Applications for fall 2014 are now closed. We encourage you to apply for our next cohort, which will start in fall 2015.

Point Park University's Ed.D. program in leadership and administration will expand your leadership skills and help you reach a higher-level position in your career. You can complete this 54-credit, cohort-style degree program in just three years − or less if transferring in post-master's credits.

Tailored to your career needs, Point Park's Ed.D. program offers three tracks to choose from:

  • Professional Leadership (Ability to earn a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility);
  • K-12 Administration (Including principal certification); or
  • Individualized Concentration (Transfer in up to 18 post-master’s credits; if fewer than 18 credits are transferred, the remainder of courses needed will be selected from the Professional Leadership track by the program director);

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Contact Information

Point Park University
Graduate and Adult Enrollment
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 

Emailptenroll@pointpark.edu 
Phone: 412-392-3808 or 1-800-321-0129
Fax: 412-392-6164


Affording your Degree

The following options can help you afford your Ed.D. degree:

Affordable Cost, Attractive Benefits

Point Park's Ed.D. is one of the most affordable doctoral programs in the Pittsburgh region with a flat tuition cost of $13,000 per year. You will receive this locked-in rate for all three years with no additional fees.

Other key benefits of the program include:

  • Option to transfer in up to 18 post-master's degree credits
  • Ability to work closely with a mentor in your chosen field
  • Courses based on an interdisciplinary framework
  • Faculty and guest speakers from diverse disciplines
  • Introductory course on research writing, giving you guidance early on in the program
  • Feedback provided by faculty throughout the dissertation process
  • Partnership with Pennsylvania's Professional Leadership Development Center

Program Goals

Upon completion of your doctoral degree in leadership and administration, you will be able to:

  • Function as a skilled instructional and/or organizational leader in an educational, non-profit or business environment;
  • Understand and respect the complex interrelationship among stakeholders;
  • Use the six performance domains, developed by Charles Schwahn, Ph.D. and William Spady, Ph.D. in "Total Leaders" and adapted by the Professional Leadership Development Center, of authenticity, vision, culture, quality, service systems and communication to lead and effect change; and
  • Understand the role of research in guiding assessment, progress and decision making.

Map to Your Doctoral Degree

Take a look at our three-year program schedule. Courses run year-round and are divided into eight-week sessions (two classes per semester), earning you 18 credits per year for a total of 54 credits. Since this is a cohort program, you will be with the same group of peers in all of your core courses.

All courses are offered in a hybrid format (combination of on-campus and online classes including teleconferencing) making it possible for working professionals to meet family and personal obligations while finishing all required courses — as well as a dissertation — in three years or less.

Residency Requirements

Residency is met by completing three consecutive semesters of study in the program with a minimum of six hours of course work per semester. Summer, fall and spring semesters are counted toward residency. If you are participating via teleconference, you will need to complete two summer sessions on campus.

In addition, if you are transferring in credits, you will be required to attend six, day-long seminars, two each academic semester. These seminars will address the theory and performance of the six domains central to the study of leadership in this program: authenticity, vision, culture, quality, service and communication.

You may take these seminars in conjunction with core courses. During the academic year, seminars are typically held on Saturdays. During the summers, the days of the seminars will be announced in the summer course schedule calendar.

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For additional details, contact Lynn Ribar, associate director of the Office of Graduate and Adult Enrollment, at lribar@pointpark.edu or 412-392-3908.