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.
By taking 15 credits of coursework in Teaching as Intentional Learning, students can develop a one of a kind focus in the teaching-learning process.
Areas of concentration 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.
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. These online learning environments, designed and maintained by the Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) are secure, cutting edge, interactive and highly personalized. 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.
All applicants to the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program must complete the Graduate School of Education online application. There is no application fee.
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.
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
Master of Science in Educational Studies Program
Duquesne University School of Education
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.
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.
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)
- GFDE 504. 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 507. History of American Education (3 credits) An inquiry into and study of the history of American education. The course of study provides opportunities to understand the historical reasons for why education is institutionalized as it is in American society.
- *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 philosophical 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.
Students accepted into the Master of Science in Educational Studies Program will find the following forms useful:
A replica of the official advisement sheet emailed to students each semester prior to registration.
Application for Degree
Complete at the start of your last semester before graduation. Students who do not submit this paperwork will not be permitted to graduate. Consult deadlines on the Academic Calendar or contact the Program Office for assistance.
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.
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
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:
Susan Bianco, Program Assistant
406 Canevin Hall
Duquesne University School of Education
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
- 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
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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 a minimum of six (6) credits each semester within the School of Education.
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.
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The Office of Financial Aid can help you understand your options in financing the costs of graduate degree.
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.