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Doctoral Program Designed for Working Professionals
Our Ed.D. program in leadership and administration will expand your leadership skills and help you reach a higher-level position in your career.
Select from three options to choose the format that works best with your schedule, learning style and needs:
On Campus – Immerse yourself in our Downtown Pittsburgh campus one evening a week in eight-week courses.
Fully Online – Perfect for those who require flexibility, our fully online option allows you to balance your coursework with the demands of your daily schedule.
NEW! Livestream Campus – Participate in live, real-time instruction from the comfort of your home, office or whatever location you choose. This new option allows students to learn remotely while benefiting from live interaction with professors and fellow cohort members one evening a week in eight-week courses. Learn more about this new option in this Q&A.
You can complete our 54-credit, cohort-style degree program in just three years — or less — if transferring in post-master's credits.
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 at our Downtown Pittsburgh campus, fully online or via livestream, 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.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Livestream Campus is a synchronous class option for the Doctor of Leadership and Administration program that allows students to participate in live, real-time instruction from the comfort of their own home, office or whatever location they choose.
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."