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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 M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies 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 M.S.Ed. 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 M.S.Ed. 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.

Online On Campus

Three Options: Online, On Campus, or a Combination

Students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. 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.

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 visit the following website for a list of prohibited states: http://www.duq.edu/academics/online-campus/prospective-students

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:

Amy Protos
Duquesne University School of Education
M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies Program
600 Forbes Avenue
405 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 M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies Program can be submitted anytime. Admission to the program is based on qualifications of the candidate and on availability of space.

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 M.S.Ed. 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 follows:

Eligible Graduate Educational Research Courses From the Department of Foundations and Leadership (students select one course)
  • GREV 500 Statistics in Behavioral Research (3 credits) 
  • GREV 525 Educational Research Literacy (3 credits) 
  • GREV 701 Research Methods & Design (3 credits)
  • GREV 721 Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research (3 credits)
Eligible Graduate Courses from the Department of Foundations and Leadership (students select three courses)
  • GFDE 503 Multicultural Education (3 credits) 
  • GFDE 508 Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education (3 credits) 
  • GFDE 510 Theories of the Teaching and Learning Process (3 credits) 
  • GFDE 520 Motivation in Education (3 credits) 
  • GFDE 552 Educational Psychology in Pre-K Elementary Classrooms (3 credits)
  • GFDE 553/554 Social Justice in Educational Setting / Field Experience (3 credits) 
  • GFDE 555 Foundations of Assessment Grades PreK-4 (3 credits)
  • GREV 501 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • GREV 502 Proposal and Grant Writing (3 credits)
  • GREV 550 Instrument Design (3 credits)
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 M.S.Ed. 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.