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2022 Best Educational Administration Schools in the Great Lakes Region

112 Colleges in the Great Lakes Region
6,762 Education Admin Degrees Awarded
$53,053 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you pursue a degree in educational administration, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #26 most popular program in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual looked at 112 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Educational Administration Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 6,762 degrees in educational administration to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Educational Administration School

Best Educational Administration Schools in the Great Lakes Region 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. We derive our Best Overall Educational Administration School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

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

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Educational Administration Schools in the Great Lakes Region list to help you make the college decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for Educational Administration in the Great Lakes Region

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the education admin degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

16 Top Great Lakes Region Schools in Education Admin

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Any student pursuing a degree in educational administration has to take a look at Northwestern University. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly 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 data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the education admin program make around $53,400 for their early career.

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

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in educational administration. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 51 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the education admin program report average early career earnings of $46,900.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In WI
95 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in educational administration needs to look into University of Wisconsin - Madison. UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 95 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In WI
49 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Marquette University is a good decision for students interested in a degree in educational administration. Marquette is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Milwaukee. A Best Schools rank of #132 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Marquette is a great university overall.

There were roughly 49 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Marquette in the most recent data year.

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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Michigan State is a very large public university located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Schools rank of #157 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 83 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent year we have data available. Those educational administration students who get their degree from Michigan State University receive $8,214 more than the standard education admin grad.

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

University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Joliet. This university ranks 15th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 63 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at University of Saint Francis in the most recent year we have data available. Educational Administration degree recipients from University of St Francis get an earnings boost of about $3,348 above the average earnings of educational administration majors.

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#7

Edgewood College

Madison, WI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In WI

Edgewood is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of Madison. This college ranks 20th out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 30 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Edgewood in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were about 6 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Those educational administration students who get their degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receive $2,348 more than the typical education admin graduate.

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

Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 31 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UIC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the education admin program state that they receive average early career wages of $54,700.

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#10

Aurora University

Aurora, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
103 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Aurora is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Aurora. This university ranks 16th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 103 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Aurora in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the educational administration program at Aurora University make $10,548 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#11

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In IL

Lewis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Romeoville. This university ranks 17th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 23 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Lewis in the most recent data year.

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

Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. This university ranks 10th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 40 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Loyola Chicago in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, education admin degree recipients generally earn about $43,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In IL
45 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Illinois State is a very large public university located in the midsize suburb of Normal. A Best Schools rank of #230 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Illinois State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 45 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Illinois State in the most recent data year.

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#14

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Dayton, UDayton is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #232 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UDayton is a great university overall.

There were about 104 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at UDayton in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the education admin program report average early career earnings of $47,900.

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

Located in the small city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #111 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means IU Bloomington is a great university overall.

There were about 48 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at IU Bloomington in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the educational administration major at Indiana University - Bloomington make $3,348 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#16

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
523 Education Admin Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of River Forest, Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 40th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 523 educational administration students who graduated with this degree at Concordia University, Chicago in the most recent data year. Those educational administration students who get their degree from Concordia University, Chicago make $33,948 more than the average education admin graduate.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Educational Administration students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Educational Administration Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
17 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
18 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
19 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
20 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
21 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
22 North Central College Naperville, IL
23 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
24 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
25 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI

Best Educational Administration Colleges by State

Explore the best educational administration schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 712
Ohio 303 888
Illinois 299 1,588
Indiana 283 1,738
Wisconsin 267 756

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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 4,666
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 829
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 327
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 295
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 185
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 122
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 92
Urban Education & Leadership 79
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 77
Administration of Special Education 61

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13,293
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7,188
Special Education 5,757
General Education 3,216
Curriculum & Instruction 2,600
Student Counseling 1,375
Instructional Media Design 1,000
Teaching English or French 601
Other Education 546
Multilingual Education 382

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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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