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2021 Best Educational Administration Master's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Educational Administration Master's Degree School for You

Educational Administration is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 44,381 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the teaching programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Teaching Degree Search has created the Best Educational Administration Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 704 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for teaching students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Educational Administration Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Education Admin

Our analysis found Bank Street College of Education to be the best school for educational administration students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Bank Street College of Education is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

While working on their Master's Degree, education admin majors at Bank Street College of Education accumulate an average of around $36,253 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $347.

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#2

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brandman University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

Education Admin majors at Brandman take out an average of $35,414 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $347.

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Out of the 598 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The College of Saint Rose landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Albany, The College of Saint Rose is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, education admin graduates from The College of Saint Rose carry an average student debtload of $24,177. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $273.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Delaware is a great place for educational administration students working on their master’s degree. U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

After completing their Master's Degree, education admin graduates from U of Delaware carry an average student debtload of $12,860.

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#5

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Lehigh University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best educational administration schools in the United States. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem.

Education Admin majors at Lehigh take out an average of $25,201 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $281.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Education Admin majors at SCU take out an average of $30,498 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Drake take out while working on their Master's Degree is $27,758. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $286.

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#8

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree educational administration programs. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, education admin majors at National University accumulate an average of around $28,597 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $271.

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#9

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Trinity University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of San Antonio, Trinity U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, education admin majors at Trinity U accumulate an average of around $22,845 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $291, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx.

On average, education admin graduates from Fordham U take out $34,525 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $400, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The College of New Jersey landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree educational administration programs. TCNJ is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Ewing.

While working on their Master's Degree, education admin majors at TCNJ accumulate an average of around $33,337 in student debt.

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#12

Brown University

Providence, RI

With a ranking of #12, Brown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for educational administration students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Brown take out while working on their Master's Degree is $25,357. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree educational administration programs. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

While working on their Master's Degree, education admin majors at The American University accumulate an average of around $27,060 in student debt.

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#14

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD

With a ranking of #14, Mount St Mary’s University did quite well on this year’s best schools for educational administration students working on their master’s degree. Mount St Mary's University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Emmitsburg.

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Concordia University - Irvine ranked #15 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. Concordia University Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

Education Admin majors at Concordia University Irvine take out an average of $24,321 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $251, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

Berry College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. Berry is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Mount Berry.

After completing their Master's Degree, education admin graduates from Berry carry an average student debtload of $24,864. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $334.

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With a ranking of #17, Teachers College at Columbia University did quite well on this year’s best schools for educational administration students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, education admin graduates from Teachers College carry an average student debtload of $49,008. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $524.

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#18

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Riverdale, Manhattan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#19

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

University of Redlands came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools ranking. U of Redlands is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Redlands.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey ranked #20 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Mahwah, Ramapo College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, education admin graduates from Ramapo College take out $29,739 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $357.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa ranked #21 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

On average, education admin graduates from UNI take out $24,425 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $231, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Northwestern U take out while working on their Master's Degree is $41,942. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $492, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #23 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at UPenn take out while working on their Master's Degree is $51,714. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $628.

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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Education Admin majors at Loyola Marymount take out an average of $21,895 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

With a ranking of #25, CUNY Lehman College did quite well on this year’s best schools for educational administration students working on their master’s degree. Lehman is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bronx.

On average, education admin graduates from Lehman take out $23,521 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $198, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Educational Administration Master's Degree Schools

#26

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#27

Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ
#28

Midland University

Fremont, NE
#29

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#30

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#31

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA
#32

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ
#33

Pace University - New York

New York, NY
#35

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#37

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#38

Providence College

Providence, RI
#39

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN
#42

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#43

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#44

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#45

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#46

CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY
#48

North Central College

Naperville, IL
#50

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Educational Administration Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 704 different United States educational administration schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
52 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
53 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
54 Boston University Boston, MA
55 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
56 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
57 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
58 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
59 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
60 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
61 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
62 LIU Post Brookville, NY
63 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
64 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
65 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
66 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
67 CUNY City College New York, NY
68 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
69 New York University New York, NY
70 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
71 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
72 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
73 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
74 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
75 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
76 Touro College New York, NY
77 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
78 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
79 Aurora University Aurora, IL
80 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
81 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
82 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
83 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
84 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
85 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
86 Hood College Frederick, MD
87 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
88 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
89 Chadron State College Chadron, NE

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Educational Administration Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
90 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
91 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
92 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
93 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
94 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
95 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
96 Concordia University - Chicago River Forest, IL
97 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
98 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
99 East Texas Baptist University Marshall, TX
100 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
101 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
102 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
103 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
104 Baylor University Waco, TX
105 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
106 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
107 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
108 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
109 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
110 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
111 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
112 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
113 Winona State University Winona, MN
114 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
115 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
116 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
117 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
118 Iowa State University Ames, IA
119 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND

Educational Administration by Region

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

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, educational administration has other similar majors worth exploring.

Education Admin Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Educational Leadership & Administration 31,657
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 3,998
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 2,213
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 1,655
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 1,550
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 1,146
Urban Education & Leadership 708
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 459
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 438
Community College Education 335
Administration of Special Education 222

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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