Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, M.A. | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, United States
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Social and Comparative Analysis in Education

24 months
42324 USD/year
42324 USD/year
24962 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts degree in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education (SCAE) at the University of Pittsburgh 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. 

We offer a master degree in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. 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 influencedby 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.  

Career Pathways

  • 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 PhD degree studies.   

Programme Structure

  • The Social and Comparative Analysis in Education (SCAE) programs at the Pitt School of Education are focused on a holistic review of education, with a special emphasis on comparative, international, and developmental education.
  • As an SCAE student, you will create an individually tailored plan of study based on your unique strengths and interests. This plan of study will include interactions with diverse peers and the opportunity to conduct original research and engage in experiential learning.
  • 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. 
  • The MA program includes a required master’s thesis under the guidance of the faculty advisor. 
  • Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Rolling admissions; however, priority given to applications received by March 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring) and March 1 (Summer)


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts from every institution previously attended can be sent to us electronically at 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.
  • Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at an institution outside of the United States are required to provide official third-party evaluations of those academic credentials.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    24962 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24962 USD per year during 24 months.

Part-time: LOCAL: $1,003 per credit NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: $1,728 per credit

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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