Education Administration, K-12

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Our M.S.Ed. in Education Administration, K-12 program will prepare you to become an educational leader who exhibits the knowledge, skills, dispositions and ethics that promote equity and excellence for all students in a culturally diverse, technologically complex and global community.

Many of our alumni become school principals or administrations or hold educational leadership roles in school districts or local community organizations.

Our coursework is designed for participants to develop cognitive and affective skills in administration, leadership, management, supervision, instruction and curriculum in the following knowledge areas:

  • Future-focused Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership in Service to and Collaboration with the School Community
  • Creative Personalized Instructional Practices
  • Direct and Collaborative Supervisory Strategies
  • Policy, Law and Advocacy Knowledge
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Planning
  • Sustained and Supported Internships

You can achieve your degree and comprehensive Pennsylvania principal certificate in 30 credits. This program will offer you the flexibility of on-campus, online or hybrid instruction. 


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Program Information

Our M.S.Ed. in Education Administration, K-12 program will prepare you to become an educational leader who exhibits the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and ethics that promote equity and excellence for all students for a culturally diverse, technologically complex, and global community.



Academic Department

Educational Foundations and Leadership



Required Credit Hours


Application Process

Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA*

Graduates with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university, or seminary and a teaching certificate will be considered for admission.

Admission decisions are based primarily on the applicant's previous academic record as shown by official transcripts.

*Applicants are customarily expected to have a 3.0 grade point average, based on a four-point scale, in their undergraduate work. However, exceptions may be granted on a limited basis, in which there is substantial additional evidence of a student's academic competency. MAT scores may be required if GPA is below 3.0.

International Applicants


Duquesne University requires submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Duolingo English Test (DET) scores for all non-native English-speaking applicants who attended a university outside of the United States..

Transcript Credit Evaluation

If your transcript(s) is from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report.

The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts.

You may use the following services to request official foreign credential evaluations: World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

Rolling Admissions

Our M.S.Ed. Education Administration program, K-12 has a rolling admissions process. This means you can apply anytime throughout the year.

Required Documents

  • Duquesne University Online Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts from accredited college, university or seminary
    • International applicants, please see the Transcript Credential Evaluation section in the Admission Requirements section above
  • Resume that documents competence and effectiveness in professional work
  • One Letter of Recommendation prior to acceptance
    • Name and email address of recommender is needed
    • Recommender will receive an email prompting them to upload their recommendation for the applicant
    • Recommendation must be from individual who can speak about the applicant's academic/professional abilities (i.e. administrator/supervisor recommendation)
    • Note: Family, friends and professional colleagues are not acceptable references


Send official application materials to:


  • Duquesne University School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    214A Canevin Hall
    600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Admission Procedure

After the application for admission and transcripts have been favorably reviewed by faculty, the Graduate Office will send you an official notification of admission to graduate study.


5-Year Early Start Graduate Program - Education Administration, K-12

Our M.S.Ed. Education Administration, K-12 program offers an early start option for School of Education undergraduate students. During your junior or senior year, you have the opportunity to take up to five courses in this master's-level program at the undergraduate tuition rate. 

Connect with us to learn more and we will walk you through the application process. To get started, call (412) 396-6093.

Student & Graduate Perspectives

Aaron Felder

They taught me how to approach school and approach each student on a daily basis…my mentorship helped me extensively...Duquesne has a great program with faculty who are interested in you succeeding.

Aaron Felder M.S.Ed. Education Administration '16
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