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2021 Best Value Educational Administration Doctor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

323 Colleges
$8,871 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$76,916 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Educational Administration Doctor'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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Teaching Degree Search has created its Best Value Educational Administration Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 323 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value doctor's degree programs for education admin students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

Check out the education admin doctor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Doctorate in Education Admin

Our 2021 rankings named Concordia University, Irvine the best value school in the United States for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Concordia University, Irvine are $7,953 a year. While working on their Doctor's Degree, education admin majors at Concordia University, Irvine accumulate an average of around $58,676 in student debt.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Trident University International is a great value for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at TUI are $6,120 per year. The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at TUI take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $70,205.

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#3

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of the Cumberlands. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Cumberlands is a large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamsburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Cumberlands are $5,970 a year. On average, education admin graduates from Cumberlands take out $28,191 in student loans while working on their Doctor'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 $242.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southwest Baptist University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Bolivar, Southwest Baptist University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Southwest Baptist University graduate students pay an average of $5,339 in tuition and fees each year.

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#5

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brandman University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

Brandman graduate students pay an average of $12,320 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, education admin graduates from Brandman carry an average student debtload of $58,806. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $566, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

BYU graduate students pay an average of $7,290 in tuition and fees each year.

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#7

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Wilmington University are $8,834 a year. On average, education admin graduates from Wilmington University take out $61,260 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $699, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Wilmington University also is in the top 15% of our Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#8

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

Concordia University, Chicago came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of River Forest, Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Concordia University, Chicago are $9,180 a year. On average, education admin graduates from Concordia University, Chicago take out $36,993 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $410, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Concordia University, Chicago also did well on our Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Ashland University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Ashland is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Ashland.

Ashland graduate students pay an average of $6,540 in tuition and fees each year.

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#10

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA

Cabrini University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree educational administration programs. Cabrini University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Radnor.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Cabrini University are $6,305 a year.

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#11

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Xavier University of Louisiana did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. XULA is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New Orleans.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at XULA are $7,521 per year.

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#12

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Drake graduate students pay an average of $11,818 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

The Sage Colleges

Troy, NY

The Sage Colleges landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree educational administration programs. Russel Sage is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Russel Sage are $13,190 a year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, education admin graduates from Russel Sage carry an average student debtload of $45,564. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $506.

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#14

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for educational administration students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Bethel University Minnesota are $11,700 a year. The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Bethel University Minnesota take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $46,903. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $581.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bethel University Minnesota also is in the top 5% of our Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#15

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

With a ranking of #15, Ferris State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Ferris are $7,608 per year.

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#16

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, TN

With a ranking of #16, Carson - Newman University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Carson - Newman is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Jefferson City.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Carson - Newman are $9,227 per year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, education admin graduates from Carson - Newman carry an average student debtload of $48,194. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $589.

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Concordia University, Saint Paul came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Concordia University, Saint Paul graduate students pay an average of $8,550 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #18, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Minnesota State Mankato is a large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $8,474 a year.

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City University of Seattle came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Seattle, CityU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at CityU are $11,430 per year.

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With a ranking of #20, William Woods University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at William Woods are $6,580 a year. The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at William Woods take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $31,882. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $374.

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#21

St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, FL

With a ranking of #21, St. Thomas University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. STU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Miami Gardens.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at STU are $10,626 a year. Education Admin majors at STU take out an average of $48,748 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree.

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Union University

Jackson, TN

With a ranking of #21, Union University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for educational administration students working on their doctor’s degree. Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Jackson.

Union graduate students pay an average of $9,022 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Union take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $61,919. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $761.

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Illinois State University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree educational administration programs. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Illinois State graduate students pay an average of $11,030 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Illinois State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree educational administration programs. SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Winona.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at SMU MN are $9,180 per year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, education admin graduates from SMU MN carry an average student debtload of $43,642. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $364.

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#25

Evangel University

Springfield, MO

Evangel University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, Evangel is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Evangel graduate students pay an average of $9,970 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Educational Administration Doctor's Degree Schools

#26

Southwestern College

Winfield, KS
#29

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY
#32

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS
#33

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#34

Baker University

Baldwin City, KS
#35

Spalding University

Louisville, KY
#36

Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, WI
#37

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#38

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#39

Aurora University

Aurora, IL
#40

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#43

Harding University

Searcy, AR
#44

Wingate University

Wingate, NC
#45

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC
#48

American International College

Springfield, MA

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 Value Educational Administration Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
49 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson, TN
50 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
50 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
52 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
53 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
54 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
55 Oakland City University Oakland City, IN
56 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
56 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
58 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
59 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
59 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
61 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
62 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
63 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
64 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
64 Edgewood College Madison, WI

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.

  • 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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