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 36 credits (for the two-year program) or 54 credits (for the three-year program.)
Since this is a cohort program, you will be with the same group of peers in all of your core courses.
Courses are offered fully online or at our Downtown Pittsburgh campus, 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 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.
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.
Affordable Cost, Attractive Benefits
Our Ed.D. degree in leadership and administration is one of the most affordable doctoral programs in the Pittsburgh region.
The 2020-22 cost per credit for the Ed.D. program is $925. Tuition for students is locked in based on when they start the program while fees are subject to change each year.
Other key benefits of the program include:
Program is offered both on campus and fully online
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
Consistent evening schedules with class one night per week (same night) for each eight week course
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
The graduates of our Ed.D. in leadership and administration program are leaders in the schools and organizations in which they work. Learn how earning a doctoral degree has helped further propel their careers.
"In the Ed.D. program, I benefited not only from the course content and instructors, but also the peer group of educational leaders in my cohort who will be part of my professional network now and in the future."
"Point Park provided a dynamic blend of rigor, expertise, multiple perspectives and compassion that supported my academic and professional growth. I was delighted to complete the Ed.D. program in two years."
Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom
Courses are taught by faculty taught who have years of real-world experience as leaders in education and administration.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Point Park University Ed.D. in leadership and administration alumna Lisa Pickett '18, English department director for The Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts, was published in the April 2020 issue of the academic peer-reviewed journal, The Urban Review, for her article, "Three Trains Running: The Intersectionality of Race‑Based Trauma, African American Youth, and Race‑Based Interventions."
Monday, January 13, 2020
Meet Christie Lewis, Ed.D., Point Park University Ed.D. alumna, education programs and field placement specialist, Act 48 coordinator and adjunct professor, who received the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year award from The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Conference.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Talent Development — the world’s largest association dedicated to empowering professionals to develop talent in the workplace — recently collaborated with the School of Education at Point Park University for a workshop on campus featuring guest speaker Bill Lucas from the LUMA Institute.