What Are the Top Schools to Learn Education Administration?

Read about three schools with top education administration programs, and review their national rankings. Explore the education administration degree options that each school offers. Get info on choosing a good education administration program. Schools offering College Administration & Leadership degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top School for Education Administration?

Consider schools that support a particular area of study that interests you, like sports administration or student affairs. Some programs are designed for individuals who are only interested in administrative positions; others may lead to roles in educational leadership or college-level instruction. If you're already employed, an executive program might be right for you. Earning a master's degree in this field could prepare you for work as an entry-level education administrator.

What Are Two Top Schools for Education Administration?

University of Washington (UW) in Seattle

UW ranked 12th in 2019 for its graduate programs in education administration, according to U.S. News & World Report.

If you want to be a principal or a program administrator, you could join the 1-year interdisciplinary Danforth Educational Leadership Program. This program leads to a certificate or master's degree and could prepare you for initial principal or program administrator certification in Washington. Students in the Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs can specialize in higher education, social and cultural foundations of education or educational policy, organization and leadership. You could earn one of the following degrees:

  • M.Ed. in Education Policy
  • M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Leadership & Organizational Studies
  • M.Ed. in Leadership in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Leadership & Organizational Studies
  • M.Ed./Ph.D. in Measurement & Statistics

University of Wisconsin (UWisc) in Madison

UWisc was ranked second for its education administration graduate programs in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Education hosts the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). It hosts the Graduate Training Initiative to enhance the experience of graduate students. WISCAPE sponsors public programs and supports research projects. Available programs include:

  • Educational Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

More Top Schools for Education Administration

College/University Institution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of Texas--Austin 4-year, PublicAustin, TX$12,000
Pennsylvania State University 4-year, Public University Park, PA$22,500
University of Virginia (Curry) 4-year, Public Charlottesville, VA$19,000
Michigan State University 4-year, Public East Lansing, MI$18,000
University of Southern California 4-year, Private Los Angeles, CA$45,000
Vanderbilt University4-year, Private Nashville, TN$48,000
Stanford University 4-year, Private Stanford, CA$51,000
Harvard University4-year, Private Cambridge, MA$47,000
Columbia University-Teachers College 4-year, Private New York, NY$40,000
Ohio State University 4-year, Public Columbus, OH$12,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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