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M.S.Ed. Education Administration (K-12)

Advance your skills and become an advocate for resilient, culturally responsive school communities through student-centered administration and leadership practice.

Program Info

The M.S.Ed. Education Administration program will prepare educators to become educational leaders who exhibit the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and ethics that promote equity and excellence for all students for a culturally diverse, technologically complex, and global community. The program 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.

Candidates can achieve their degree and comprehensive Pennsylvania principal certificate in 30 credits. This program offers students the flexibility of on campus, online, or hybrid instruction.

Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

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.
The admission criteria used to guide decisions include:

  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA, OR
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the most recent 48 credits, OR
  • Minimum overall 2.8 GPA with a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) qualifying score of at least 396.

Admission Materials

Duquesne University Online Application

Official transcripts from accredited college, university, or seminary

Resume that documents competence and effectiveness in professional work

Three letters of professional reference - from either faculty members or K-12 administrators

Send 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 the applicant an official notification of admission to graduate study.

Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Graduate tuition is $1,284 per credit. In addition to tuition, graduate students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, The School of Education offers financial assistance in many forms including:

  • Tuition awards between 25-35%
  • University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications.
  • Current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses pursuing a non-doctoral degree or certificate in the School of Education may be eligible to receive a 60% tuition award. This Lay Teacher award does not apply to the doctoral programs. Only one Duquesne University degree may be earned under this reduced tuition program. The Catholic School Lay Teacher & Administrator Award Form details information pertaining to this award.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.


Carol Parke

Carol Parke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Foundations and Leadership

412C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6101
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Carol Parke (Ph.D., Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, 1998) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. Dr. Parke's early research focused on the impact of middle school math performance assessments and using psychometric analysis to improve items and rubrics. She also examined the impact of large scale math performance assessments and their alignment with math teaching in the classroom. Recent research has focused upon math teachers’ beliefs, mindsets, and classroom practices that support equitable math instruction.

Fran Serenka

Fran Serenka, Ed.D.

Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Foundations and Leadership

312 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5274
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Fran Serenka (Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, 2009) is a leading practitioner-scholar in the areas of education leadership, administration, and supervision. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center offering professional development for educational leaders in the areas of customized learning, innovation, and collaboration helping organizations implement the most effective leadership practices. Dr. Serenka has presented in a variety of local, state, and national forums on strategic planning, program funding, and creating school cultures of excellence. Education law, policy, finance, and a continuum of care and support for students are her areas of expertise. Her research interests include leadership, resiliency and social/emotional wellness for students and school communities. Dr. Serenka remains active in the PK-12 schools and community by teaching and supervising internships and practicum experiences for program participants in collaboration with practicing educational leaders and practitioners. She also collaborates with school and district leaders nationally to remain current in practice.