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M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Educational Studies Concentration

The Educational Studies program is a 30-credit hour graduate program that leads to a Master of Science in Educational Studies (M.S. Ed.) from Duquesne University. The program provides considerable flexibility for qualified individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds who seek professional credentials in education. Graduates come from diverse backgrounds and are engaged in a wide-range of professional careers across the nation and around the world. 

Qualify for a 25% Tuition Discount

Candidates in the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program are eligible to receive a discount through the Duquesne University School of Education that can reduce their degree costs by 25%. Please visit Special Financial Awards for additional information.

A Perfect Choice for Flexibility and Personalization

The Educational Studies Concentration of the M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies program offers unique flexibility and affords the opportunity to take courses online, on campus or through a combination of the two.Those who wish to can use the program's 18 elective credits to design a professional learning agenda that is uniquely suited to both their interests and their professional needs. The 18 electives can be pursued through any of the departments in the Duquesne University School of Education, or through any of the Schools of study at Duquesne University for which the graduate student is qualified. This option allows the graduate student to create a personalized graduate learning agenda.

A Perfect Choice for Certified Teachers

K-12 educators who hold initial teaching certification can use the program to earn their permanent teaching certification and satisfy the requirements for continuing licensure. 

A Perfect Choice For Professionals Who Desire Educational Credentials

The program is also perfect for individuals who desire a graduate degree in education but who do not require initial or additional teaching certification. For professionals in environments other than schools, the Master of Science in Educational Studies can prepare you to understand and address educational issues in diverse settings such as business, health care, service, industry, government agencies, zoos, museums, churches, and not-for-profit organizations.

Flexible Content

Students in the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program can take advantage of the program's 18 credits of electives to design personalized programs to fit individual needs and meet professional goals.

The following elective course options make the program uniquely flexible:

  • Option A: Create An Area of Concentration in the Teaching-Learning Process

    • Rather than follow a pre-packaged sequence and schedule of courses, students in the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program can design a unique area of concentration in a distinctive area of teaching and learning.

    • Areas of study can include but are not limited to human development, cognition and learning, instructional planning, classroom assessment and grading, motivation, and classroom leadership.

  • Option B: Deepen Content Knowledge or Develop Expertise

    • Students can use their 18 elective credits to take courses in any department in the School of Education or in any other school at Duquesne University for which they are qualified.

    • That means students can study Literature, History, Science, Mathematics, Religion, Instructional Technology or other areas of content with Duquesne professors who are renowned experts in their fields.

    • Many practicing teachers and other education professionals use this option to deepen their content knowledge while pursuing their master's degree in education.

Online On Campus

Three Options: Online, On Campus, or a Combination

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program can choose from and combine the following options to tailor their schedule, choose their course venues and individualize their areas of study. These three options provide unparalleled opportunities for pursuing a master’s degree while balancing the demands of a personal and professional life:

Option One—The Distance Education / Online Option

Students can complete their degree entirely at distance. The resources required to complete the program—both human and informational—are available on demand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world. Completing the program using the distance education option maximizes a candidate's ability to accommodate family and work schedules.

Option Two—Duquesne Campus Option

Students can enjoy traditional on campus courses in the evenings during the fall and spring semesters, and during the day over the summer on Duquesne’s beautiful, modern campus.

Option Three—Combine Online Courses and Traditional On Campus Work

Students can combine distance education with traditional campus classes to fit their busy lifestyles. Many students—especially practicing teachers—prefer to earn credits online during the school year (fall and spring semesters) and come to our beautiful campus for coursework in the summer. Many of our summer courses offer unique schedules that allow students to pursue their studies while still enjoying the fun of the summer months.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

All applicants must complete a School of Education graduate admission application to the M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies program indicating interest in the Educational Studies Concentration.

All applicants must meet one of the following criteria for admission:

• A minimum overall 3.00 GPA (Grade Point Average).
• A minimum 3.00 GPA on the most recent 48 credits.

International Students

All international students must receive a score of 550 on the paper version of the TOEFL Exam or a score of 80 on the Internet version of the TOEFL Exam. Results of the IELTS of 7.0 and current to within one year may be submitted as an alternate test. International students are also asked to submit a WES ICAP report.

To Whom Should I Address My Official Transcripts?

Applicants should request that their official transcripts (mailed from the Office of the Registrar from the credit granting institution) be addressed to:

Susan Bianco, Program Assistant
Duquesne University School of Education
Master of Science in Educational Studies Program
600 Forbes Avenue
406 Canevin Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

*Transcripts received become the property of Duquesne University School of Education

When can I apply?

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program can be submitted anytime. Admission to the program is based on qualifications of the candidate and on availability of space.

When Will I Know If I Am Accepted?

After an application for admission and official transcripts have been favorably reviewed, the Dean of the School of Education will send an official letter of acceptance. Candidates whose applications are not favorably reviewed will receive notice to that effect.

Program Structure

A Balance of Electives and Required Courses

The program's 30 graduate credits are organized into two specific categories-Electives and Required Courses. This structure affords exceptional flexibility for students in the program to create a distinctive program of study to match a variety of individual needs and professional goals.


Candidates in the Master of Science in Educational Studies can choose 18 additional credits from any Department in the Graduate School of Education or any other master level course at Duquesne University for which they qualify. Candidates can select courses to deepen or expand content knowledge and technical skill.

Required Coursework
The program requires that candidates complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits from the Department of Foundations and Leadership-with three of those twelve credits earned in educational research.

A representative list of eligible courses and their descriptions follows. (An asterisk before the course title indicates that the course is routinely offered at distance)

Eligible Graduate Educational Research Courses From the Department of Foundations and Leadership (students select one course)
  • GREV 500. Statistics in Behavioral Research (3 credits) Skills necessary for critical analysis of quantitative research in the behavioral sciences are emphasized. The major goal is to understand and interpret the statistical analyses used to describe distributions and to test hypotheses that are commonly used in empirical studies employing quantitative data.
  • *GFDE 580. Action Research Seminar (3 credits) The Action Research Seminar focuses on applying the methods by which action research (also known as teaching inquiry or practitioner research) can be planned and carried out to a specific learning agenda that is determined by each candidate. Enrollment in the seminar is limited; permission of the instructor is required.
  • *GREV 525. Educational Research Literacy (3 credits) The course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge base necessary for the conceptual understanding of research presented in the literature. By doing so, the course provides the student with the foundational skills and knowledge to become a critical reader of research.
Eligible Graduate Courses from the Department of Foundations and Leadership (students select three courses)
  • *GFDE 503. Multicultural Education (3 credits) Examines principles of adapting school programs and materials to the interests of a pluralistic society. Addresses specific approaches for implementing a curriculum responsive to diverse and multi-ethnic populations incorporating cultural, racial, socio-economic, gender, and individual differences.
  • *GFDE 508. Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education (3 credits) The course addresses fundamental contemporary educational issues from a historical perspective. The interaction of philospophical theories and societal dynamics in the development of American education are explored.
  • GFDE 509. Independent Study (3 credits) This course provides candidates the opportunity to develop a project or investigate through supervised research. Enrollment in an appropriate area with consent of a full-time member of the faculty and approval by the Department Chair are required. Candidates interested in an Independent Study should consult the program advisor.
  • *GFDE 510. Theories of the Teaching and Learning Process (3 credits) This course can be taken online or on-campus. The course provides opportunities to analyze assumptions about knowing, teaching, and learning; to study theories of human learning and their relationships to motivation, development, and teaching; and to reflect on and project one's own teaching and learning practice based on theoretically sound principles.
  • *GFDE 513, 514, 515, 516. Teaching as Intentional Learning (TIL) (3 or 6 credits) TIL courses are available only at distance. The courses provide unique experience for educators to examine concerns of practice informed by relevant educational theory and research. The number of credits taken in one semester (3 or 6) determines the course requirements. Special permission is required for enrollment. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in TIL in order to develop an area of concentration.
  • *GFDE 520. Motivation in Education (3 credits) This course is an opportunity to study theories and research onstudent motivation. The course examines the critical role thatmotivation plays in human learning by applying current theories andresearch in motivation to authentic issues of concern in educationalsettings. Using motivational theories as lenses through which toconsider student motivation from multiple perspectives, the courseencourages analysis of beliefs about motivation to encourage thedesign of sound theoretically-based motivational practices.
  • *GFDE 553/554 Social Justice in Educational Setting / Field Experience (3 credits) This course will focus on the role of social justice in educating a diverse student population. Social justice discourse is introduced as an educational tool that can be used to better understand the correlations between organizational, institutional, and/or social conditions and the widespread inequities in areas of, but not limited to, race, culture, class, and gender that challenge the educational system.
Program Forms

Students accepted into the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program will find the following forms useful:

  • Advisement Sheet
    A replica of the official advisement sheet emailed to students each semester prior to registration.

  • Catholic Lay Teacher/Administrator Discount
    Students who teach in Catholic Schools in Pittsburgh, Greensburg or Altoona-Johnstown Diocese may qualify for a lay teacher discount. Contact the Director of Financial Aid for details and criteria: 412-396-6607

  • Change of Schedule
    Use this form to drop or add a course.

Registration Resources

Students already admitted to the Master of Science in Educational Studies program may register for classes each semester via DORI/Self-Service Banner or through paper registration.


Registering Via DORI/Self-Service Banner

  • Use Duquesne's DORI web portal and the Self-Service Banner tab to register for courses.

  • Download instructions for web registration

Registering Through Paper Registration

  • Download the registration form here.

  • Print it and fax, mail, or email a scanned copy to the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program Office:

    Duquesne University School of Education
    Susan Bianco, Program Assistant
    406 Canevin Hall
    600 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15282
    Fax: 412-396-5454
    Email: bianco@castl.duq.edu

Academic Calendar

  • Consult the academic calendar to stay on top of important dates:
    • Start of registration for each semester
    • Last day to register.
    • Last to change your schedule without financial penalty.
    • Last day to withdraw with partial remuneration.

Schedule of Courses

Click here to view the courses offered online and on campus for each semester.

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Tuition and Scholarships

Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program are eligible to receive a 25% tuition discount from the School of Education.

This scholarship is automatically credited to your student account when you officially accept an offer of admission sent to you by the Dean of the School of Education.

The scholarship is renewed each semester providing you enroll for six (6) credits each semester.

For more details on the scholarship, please contact the Master of Educational Studies Program office.


Graduate Tuition Rates

  • Graduate tuition rates are reviewed each year in May and take effect for the fall semester.

  • In addition to tuition, graduate students are charged a University Fee. This fee applies to all graduate work— work that is taken on campus and at distance.

  • Visit Student Accounts for more information.

  • The Office of Financial Aid can help you understand your options in financing the costs of graduate degree.

Transfer Credits

The Graduate School of Education allows students to transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credits that meet the following requirements and that are documented by an official transcript from the credit granting institution if they meet the following criteria:

  • Courses were earned at a fully accredited graduate program.
  • Student must have earned a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Courses are not more than six years old.

In order to transfer credits, students must submit a letter to the program advisor identifying those transcripted courses that he or she wishes to be considered for transfer.

Because the Master of Science in Educational Studies program is flexible in terms of elective credits, applications for credit transfer (that meet all of the above criteria) are routinely approved.