The Master of Arts degree in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education (SCAE) is for the emerging educational scholar interested in the fundamental role that education plays in society. Under the guidance of senior faculty, SCAE students use the tools of the social sciences and humanities to study fundamental issues in education, such as equity, justice, school reform, and educational change. With interest in improving educational access, outcomes, and opportunities for all students, our MA students study both domestic and international settings. They ground their academic study in multiple forms of evidence and study how local settings are influenced by global trends. SCAE is a unique combination of two educational fields of study -- Comparative Education and Social Foundations of Education – that brings together a faculty with diverse interests in educational change and improvement.
Program Duration: Students enrolling full-time typically complete the program in four semesters, taking nine credits per semester. Part-time students finish the program in six to eight semesters.
Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time
Term of Enrollment: Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Fall Deadline:   Rolling admissions; however, priority given to applications received by March 1.
Spring Deadline:  Rolling admissions; however, priority is given to applications received by November 1.
Summer Deadline:  Rolling admissions; however, priority is given to applications received by March 1.
Course Requirements: 36 credits
Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required
With the help of their faculty advisor, each student designs an educational program that meets their professional and academic goals.
Students choose courses at the 2000- and 3000- level, using one of two templates (Social Context of Education or Comparative and InternationalEducation Policy) as a guide.
All SCAE MA students take 6 credits of research methodology, 3 credits of psychological perspectives in education, and 6 credits of ADMPS 2099 (Guidance in the Master’s Degree).
The MA program includes a required master’s thesis under the guidance of the faculty advisor.
Internships are encouraged but not required.
Students who pursue the MA degree in SCAE do so to advance their development as scholars and producers of original research. Students emerge as stronger, more capable scholars and typically pursue Ph.D. degree studies.
Master's Admissions Guidelines
To be considered for our master's programs, your admissions materials must include the following basic elements. Please visit the web page of your program of interest to see if there are additional program requirements.
Applications are submitted through the Pitt Education Online Application Form
There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) to be paid by credit card
Your online application must include (a.) a Goal statement, (b.) your resume or curriculum vitae, and (c.) contact information for three academic or professional contacts to later be invited to provide letters of recommendation
The instructions for your goal statement are as follows: "Please share your reasons for pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will help you achieve those goals. Include any aspects of your experience, skills, and background which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your fit for the program for which you are applying. Your goal statement should be a maximum of 750 words."
Need-Based Application Fee Waiver
Applicants may be eligible for a need-based application fee waiver due to:
Pell eligibility within the last three years
Recent participation in federal, state, or local programs that aid students from low-income families
Qualification for public assistance
Otherwise demonstrable financial hardship, including emergency expenses or unexpected medical bills
If you believe that you are eligible for a need-based fee waiver, please submit your request HERE. Our admissions staff will review your request, and reach back out to assist you in completing your application. The School of Education reserves the right to request any necessary documentation.
Official transcripts from every institution previously attended can be sent to us electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to us at "School of Education Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260"
Any courses that you took or degrees that you earned from the University of Pittsburgh after 2008 do not need to be sent. Our office can obtain these transcripts internally.
Additional Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs Only
For Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and MOSAIC applicants - Completion of Documentation of 30 hours of Education-Related Experience Form.
For Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) applicants - Completion of our Online Transcript review.
For Foreign Language Education applicants - Completion of an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to be scheduled through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).