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M.S.Ed. Educational Studies

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Develop the skills to make an impact in or out of the classroom through education-related work.

Program Info

The M.S.Ed. Educational Studies program is a 30 credit graduate program that provides students with the opportunity to create a flexible and personalized learning agenda. Our classes are taught online, on campus, or through a combination of the two.

Our inclusive and innovative curriculum (Educational Studies concentration or Program Evaluation concentration) prepares students to engage in a wide range of professional careers across the nation and the world. The M.S.Ed. Educational Studies program offers two concentrations in order to personalize your learning experience to your particular interests: Educational Studies or Program Evaluation.

Educational Studies Concentration
Students pursuing the concentration of Educational Studies are prepared to address educational issues in diverse settings such as healthcare, government agencies, zoos, museums, churches, and not-for-profit agencies.  

Program Evaluation Concentration
The Program Evaluation concentration allows graduates to address a national need for highly-qualified evaluators and prepares them to work as research analysts, internal evaluators, measurement consultants, evaluation coordinators, policy associates, project managers, and data analysts.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, or minimum 3.0 GPA on the most recent 48 credits
  • All applicants must complete the Duquesne University Online Application
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited university, college, or seminary where you previously
  • Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in certain states. Before applying, please review the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

All application materials for applicants of all concentrations can be submitted to:

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



Educational Studies Concentration and Classroom Assessment Concentration Applicants

  • You can apply at any time.
  • Admission to the program is based on qualifications of the candidate and on the availability of space.

Program Evaluation Concentration Applicants

  • Submit application by June 1 to begin classes for the fall semester.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation written by a former or current academic advisor or by a colleague who can attest to your interest in Program Evaluation.
  • Submit a statement of purpose, which should be 2-3 pages in length and explains the relevance of evaluation to your current and future work or career aspirations.
  • Schedule an application interview with the Program Director (in-person interviews are preferred, but alternative arrangements will be considered if necessary).

International Applicants

Duquesne University requires submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English-speaking applicants.

Score Requirements
All international students must receive a score of 550 (paper version) or 80 (online version) of the TOEFL Exam or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS Exam, current to within one year.

Additionally, the English as a Second Language program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in their chosen degree program. International students are also asked to submit a WES ICAP report.

Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

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.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.


Gibbs Kanyongo

Gibbs Kanyongo, Ph.D.

Program Director
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5190
Curriculum Vitae
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Gibbs Kanyongo (Ph.D., Educational Research and Evaluation (Statistical Analyses & Design), Ohio University, 2004) is Professor of Educational Statistics and Research and coordinator of the Program Evaluation program at Duquesne University. His research interests are in the areas of statistics education, multivariate analyses of large-scale datasets, and international mathematics education. His work has been published in several peer -reviewed journals and he has presented his work at several international, national, and regional conferences. Dr. Kanyongo served as an Associate Editor for the journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice from 2006 to 2009. He is the previous chair of the Research and Methodology division of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association. He is an active member of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Kanyongo served as a PI and Co-PI on several grant-funded evaluation projects. Recently, he served on a panel of expert reviewers to evaluate the Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant proposals. He was also appointed to the board of Monticore Consulting Group (which is a Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research firm) as a Statistical Adviser. He teaches courses in: quantitative research methods, univariate statistics, multivariate statistics, and statistics modeling courses in the School of Education, and together with a colleague, Dr. Kanyongo was awarded the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award in 2005.

Launcelot Brown

Launcelot Brown, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

401B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1046
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Launcelot Brown (Ph.D, Educational Research, Evaluation, and Policy Studies, Virginia Tech University) is a Professor of Educational Research and Evaluation, and Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University. At Duquesne University he teaches courses in educational statistics. Dr. Brown is a former teacher, special educator for students with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and a former principal of the School for Deaf Children in Trinidad and Tobago. He has served on many national educational boards in Trinidad and Tobago, including the National Advisory Committee on Special Education. His research interests are in the area of school leadership, student achievement and school effectiveness, and inclusive education. In conducting his research, he utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Dr. Brown has been invited speaker and presented his work at several international, national, and regional conferences. He served as an Associate Editor for the journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice from 2006 to 2009 and is an active member of CIES and AERA where he is actively involved with the Caribbean and African Studies in Education SIG.

Carol Parke

Carol Parke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

412C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6101
Curriculum Vitae
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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.

Dr. Gary Shank

Gary Shank, Ph.D.

Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4154
Curriculum Vitae
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Gary Shank (Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Research Methodology, Indiana University, 1980) is a Professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University. Gary teaches Educational Psychology for undergraduates, and a variety of research methodology courses for graduate students. He has co-written two books on research design and has written two books on qualitative research, one for Prentice-Hall and the other for Cambridge University Press. He has an international reputation in semiotics, where he has written numerous papers and presentations, and is finishing an invited book for DeGruyter Mouton.