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Doctorate in Leadership and Administration


Pictured is Lisa Pickett, Point Park Ed.D. doctoral student and English department director at Pittsburgh CAPA. | Photo by Emily Wolfgang
Meet Ed.D. student Lisa Pickett, a leader in urban education and actress in the movie Fences.

Explore Our Three-Year Doctoral Program Designed for Working Professionals

Admission Interviews (invitation only)

Candidates are required to attend the entire two-hour session.

Important Dates

  • April 20, 2018: Application deadline
  • May 25, 2018: Applicants will be contacted regarding an admission decision. 

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Contact Information

Point Park University
Office of Graduate Admission
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 

Phone: 412-392-3808 or
Fax: 412-392-6164

Affording your Degree

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

* With its already affordable cost, the Ed.D. program is not eligible for tuition discount programs.

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, our Ed.D. program offers four concentrations to choose from:

  • Professional Leadership;
  • Superintendent's 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);

Affordable Cost, Attractive Benefits

Point Park's Ed.D. degree in leadership and administration is one of the most affordable doctoral programs in the Pittsburgh region. The fall 2017 cost per credit for the Ed.D. program was $812.

Learn more about tuition and fees. (Please note: With its already affordable cost, the Ed.D. program is not eligible for tuition discount programs.)

Other key benefits of the program include:

  • Option to transfer in up to 18 post-master's degree credits
  • Courses based on an interdisciplinary framework
  • Consistent evening schedules with class one night per week 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

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.

Courses are offered 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 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.

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.

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Learn More

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