Doctor of Philosophy

General

Program Description

We Pursue and Produce Knowledge

The Pitt School of Education is a leading institution for scholarly research and training through its Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education degree.

Our Ph.D. program will prepare you for a life of scholarship, inquiry, and research. Our graduates have joined the faculty of leading universities and have an impact as leader-practitioners.

Under the guidance of our faculty, you will have the benefit of being part of a Research 1 institution — which is a classification awarded to universities that have the highest level of scholarship. The University of Pittsburgh is also a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

Our Ph.D. program covers the following disciplines:
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Education Leadership
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Higher Education Management
  • Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Learning Sciences and Policy
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Special Education
  • Urban Education

Application Requirements for Ph.D. Students

Congratulations on your interest in joining the Ph.D. program at the Pitt School of Education. You will soon have the opportunity to work alongside the leading minds in education research. The University of Pittsburgh is a Research 1 institution, which means that we engage in the highest levels of research activity. Our faculty are working on groundbreaking research that has a transformative effect on education policy, practice, and science.

Ph.D. Admissions Deadlines

The admissions deadline for Ph.D. programs is December 1. All Ph.D. programs begin in the fall term.

Ph.D. Admissions Guidelines

To be considered for our Ph.D. programs, your admissions materials must include the following basic elements. Please visit the web page of your program of interest to see if there are additional program requirements.

Online Application

  1. Applications are submitted through the Pitt Education Online Application Form.
  2. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) to be paid by credit card
  3. Your online application must include (a.) a Goal Statement (b.) your resume or curriculum vitae, and (c.) contact information for three academic or professional contacts to later be invited to provide letters of recommendation.
  4. The instructions for your goal statement are as follows: "Please share your reasons for pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will help you achieve those goals. Include any aspects of your experience, skills, and background which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your fit for the program for which you are applying. If applying for an EdD or Ph.D. program, please also discuss your area(s) of research, academic and/or professional interests and identify 1-3 faculty you're interested in working with and why. Your goal statement should be a maximum of 750 words."
  5. There is an optional essay for students interested in our Equity and Justice Fellowship program, which provides scholarship support.

Need-Based Fee Waiver

Applicants may be eligible for a need-based application fee waiver due to:

  • Pell eligibility within the last three years.
  • Recent participation in federal, state, or local programs that aid students from low-income families.
  • Qualification for public assistance.
  • Otherwise demonstrable financial hardship, including emergency expenses or unexpected medical bills.

If you believe that you are eligible for a need-based fee waiver, please submit your request HERE. Our admissions staff will review your request, and reach back out to assist you in completing your application. The School of Education reserves the right to request any necessary documentation.

Transcript Submission

  1. Official transcripts from every institution previously attended can be sent to us electronically at soeinfo@pitt.edu or mailed to us at "School of Education Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260".
  2. Any courses that you took or degrees that you earned from the University of Pittsburgh after 2008 do not need to be sent. Our office can obtain these transcripts internally.

Additional Requirements

  1. Your scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. The GRE institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is R2927 and the Department Code for "Education" is 3999.
  2. Submission of a professional writing sample in the form of a previously completed term paper, master's thesis, article, etc. that does not exceed 20 pages in length. The paper can be uploaded as part of your online application.
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The University of Pittsburgh School of Education opened its doors in the fall of 1910, with Professor Will Grant Chambers as founding dean and an original graduating class of eight men and women. Cons ... Read More

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education opened its doors in the fall of 1910, with Professor Will Grant Chambers as founding dean and an original graduating class of eight men and women. Consistently ranked among the Top 35 graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report, the Pitt School of Education offers world-class education programs that ignite learning for all. With over 50 graduate and undergraduate degree programs in education, we are focused on advancing education through: Improving the educational experience for students in urban schools; Exploring the synergy between public policy and classroom practice; Understanding the factors and strategies that lead to success in the classroom; Developing obesity prevention and intervention programs. Read less