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2022 Best Educational Administration Schools

714 Colleges in the United States
45,664 Education Admin Degrees Awarded
$59,025 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #26 in popularity, educational administration is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 714 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Educational Administration Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 45,664 degrees in educational administration during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Educational Administration School

Best Educational Administration Schools The education admin program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Educational Administration rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for educational administration schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Educational Administration Rankings by Degree Level

The education admin school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Educational Administration Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Educational Administration in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the education admin degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Education Admin

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Bank Street College of Education is a good choice for students pursuing a degree in educational administration. Bank Street College of Education is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New York.

There were approximately 110 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Bank Street College of Education in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the educational administration major at Bank Street College of Education earn $33,675 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
134 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a degree in educational administration. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 134 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. Those educational administration students who get their degree from University of Pennsylvania earn $19,975 more than the typical education admin student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
346 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat University of Southern California if you want to pursue a degree in educational administration. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 346 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the educational administration major at University of Southern California earn $14,925 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#4

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In CA

Santa Clara University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in educational administration. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Santa Clara. A Best Schools rank of #59 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means SCU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 27 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent data year.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 29 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the education admin program state that they receive average early career income of $53,400.

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#6

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TN
80 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 80 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
305 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 23rd out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 305 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Loyola Marymount in the most recent year we have data available. Those educational administration students who get their degree from Loyola Marymount University make $15,808 more than the typical education admin student.

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#8

Brown University

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
$20,500 Median Student Debt

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Schools rank of #24 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 12 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. After graduating, education admin degree recipients usually earn about $55,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
39 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Troy, Russel Sage is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 85th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 39 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Russel Sage in the most recent year we have data available. Those educational administration students who get their degree from Russell Sage College make $72,475 more than the average education admin graduate.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In NY
44 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #53 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 44 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year.

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#11

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA
151 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Brandman is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Irvine. This university ranks 41st out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 151 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Brandman in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
115 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Teachers College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #43 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Teachers College is a great university overall.

There were about 115 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the educational administration program at Teachers College at Columbia University get $8,875 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#13

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
85 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 85 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, education admin degree recipients generally make an average of $45,400 in their early careers.

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#14

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Bethlehem. A Best Schools rank of #57 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Lehigh is a great university overall.

There were about 54 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Lehigh in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the educational administration major at Lehigh University earn $6,375 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#15

Providence College

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
48 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Providence is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Providence. This college ranks 2nd out of 10 schools for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 48 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Providence in the most recent data year.

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#16

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
137 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Drake is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Des Moines. This university ranks 3rd out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 137 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Drake in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the educational administration major at Drake University make $7,775 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

TCNJ is a moderately-sized public college located in the suburb of Ewing. This college ranks 2nd out of 49 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were about 110 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at TCNJ in the most recent data year. Educational Administration degree recipients from The College of New Jersey receive an earnings boost of around $3,975 above the average income of educational administration majors.

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#18

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
111 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 111 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#19

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DE
70 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 6 schools for overall quality in the state of Delaware.

There were about 70 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,289 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Albany, Saint Rose is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 88th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 1289 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Saint Rose in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the educational administration program at The College of Saint Rose earn $44,425 above the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
28th Most Popular In CA

UC Davis is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Davis. This university ranks 20th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 14 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #46 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 16 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Those educational administration students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles earn $37,375 more than the typical education admin grad.

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#23

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
88 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 12th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 88 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the education admin program earn an average of $55,900 in the first couple years of their career.

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#24

American University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
83 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 83 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at The American University in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
115 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Seattle. This university ranks 1st out of 58 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 115 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Educational Administration Schools

#26

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
#29

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#30

Elon University

Elon, NC
#31

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

#34

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#36

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#37

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#38

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#39

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#40

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

#41

George Washington University

Washington, DC

#42

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
#43

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#46

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#47

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#48

Hunter College

New York, NY

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Educational Administration Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 714 different United States educational administration schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
51 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
52 Washington State University Pullman, WA
53 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
54 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
55 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
56 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
57 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
58 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
59 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
60 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
61 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
62 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
63 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
64 Martin Luther College New Ulm, MN
65 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
66 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
67 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
68 National University La Jolla, CA
69 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
70 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
71 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
72 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
73 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
74 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
75 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
76 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
77 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
78 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
79 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
80 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
81 University of St. Thomas Houston, TX
82 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
83 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
84 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
85 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
86 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
87 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
88 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
89 Pace University - New York New York, NY
90 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
91 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
92 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
93 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
94 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
95 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
96 The City College of New York New York, NY
97 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
98 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
99 Lehman College Bronx, NY
100 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
101 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
102 Creighton University Omaha, NE
103 Endicott College Beverly, MA
104 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
105 Iowa State University Ames, IA
106 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
107 University of St Francis Joliet, IL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Educational Administration students that almost earned our Best Educational Administration Schools award.

Rank College Location
108 Dordt University Sioux Center, IA
109 Touro College New York, NY
110 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
111 Edgewood College Madison, WI
112 Seattle University Seattle, WA
113 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
114 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
115 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
116 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
117 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
118 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
119 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
120 Chapman University Orange, CA
121 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
122 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
123 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Shreveport, LA
124 Aurora University Aurora, IL
125 LIU Post Brookville, NY
126 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
127 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
128 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
129 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
130 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
131 Illinois State University Normal, IL
132 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
133 Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA
134 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
135 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
136 University of Portland Portland, OR
137 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
138 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
139 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
140 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
141 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
142 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
142 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

Educational Administration by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 14 majors within the Education area of study, Educational Administration has other similar majors worth exploring.

Education Admin Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Educational Leadership & Administration 32,654
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 4,359
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 2,200
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 1,634
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 1,582
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 1,074
Urban Education & Leadership 810
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 440
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 406
Community College Education 309

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Majors Similar to Education Admin

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 102,079
Teacher Education Subject Specific 42,436
Special Education 33,249
General Education 29,936
Curriculum & Instruction 18,195
Student Counseling 14,055
Instructional Media Design 7,710
Teaching English or French 5,744
Other Education 5,064
Educational Assessment 1,863

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Shai-WMIL.

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