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Best 25 Masters in Education Administration Programs in 2021

March 5, 2021 | Staff Writers

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1

Fort Hays State University

  • Hays, Kansas
  • Graduation Rate: 71%

Fort Hays State University has affordable tuition and a great Masters in Education Administration, which is why it takes the top spot on our list. Its program offers a Principal track. This program can be completed over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $5,280 in-state; $15,360 non-resident
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Georgia Southern University

  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 46%

Georgia Southern University has the leading graduate education administration program in the state. Its Master’s in Higher Education Administration requires 36 credits of coursework. Students can complete this program on a part-time or full-time schedule.

The program offers students the opportunity to complete course requirements on campus and through distance learning (online instruction and interactive video conferencing). Courses online are taught asynchronously, allowing students to work on weekly assignments at their own pace. In addition, students can start the program in any academic semester.

Graduates of the program have careers in fields including student affairs, admissions and enrollment management, financial aid, government and community relations, policy analysis, alumni relations, institutional and policy research, and athletics administration.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $6,463 in-state; $17,518 non-resident
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3

University of Texas Permian Basin

  • Odessa, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 49%

The University of Texas Permian Basin offers the highest-ranked Master’s in Educational Leadership in the state. The school does not require certification for the MA program candidates. However, candidates who complete the MA program while also trying to become certified school leaders in Texas must be certified as a teacher and meet a number of other requirements. There are some nuanced distinctions, but candidates outside the state of Texas are generally not eligible for certification in Texas even if they have a teaching certificate. While the program can be completed in as few as two years for the most part, some candidates complete it in as little as one year – though there are additional eligibility requirements for that track and it’s not recommended due to it being remarkably rigorous. The program also has a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) National Recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituency Council.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $6,666 in-state; $7,506 non-resident
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4

Emporia State University

  • Emporia, Kansas
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

Emporia State University in Kansas offers a leading graduate educational administration program. Its Master’s in Educational Administration can be completed in less than two years. Students must pass a comprehensive exam in order to graduate.

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Tuition Per Year: $6,797 in-state; $20,714 non-resident
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5

Texas A&M University – Commerce

  • College Station, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 67%

Texas A&M University – Commerce has a graduate education administration program that outranks the flagship campus’s program. Its Master’s in Educational Administration. This degree can be completed over the Internet in less than two years. The school also offers a Ph.D. in education.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $8,958 in-state; $21,628 non-resident
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6

Chadron State College

  • Chadron, Nebraska
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Chadron State College in Nebraska has one of the top-ranked graduate education administration programs in the country. Its Master’s in Educational Administration offers three tracks: Elementary/Secondary/PK-12, Curriculum / Assessment Supervisor PK-12 Education Administration Middle School, or Special Education Curriculum Supervisor PK-12. The first two of these tracks require 36 credits of coursework, while the last requires 42 credits of coursework.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $7,556 in-state; $7,586 non-resident
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7

Stony Brook University

  • Stony Brook, New York
  • Graduation Rate: 72%

Stony Brook University, which is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, has a top graduate education administration program. Its Master’s in Higher Education Administration prepares students to work in high-level positions at colleges and universities. This flexible program can be completed over the Internet or through a hybrid of in-person and online classes.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $10,715 in-state; $27,845 non-resident
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8

Lamar University

  • Beaumont, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

Lamar University in Texas has one of the top education administration graduate programs in the state. Its Masters in Education Administration requires all students to complete an internship as a capstone experience. Students can start the program at various dates throughout the year.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $8,494 in-state; $18,692 non-resident
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9

Ball State University

  • Muncie, Indiana
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

Ball State University has the top graduate education administration program in Indiana. Its Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision requires students to complete community experience and capstone projects. All students must also complete an internship at a local school.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $10,020 in-state; $20,800 non-resident
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10

Texas A&M University

  • College Station, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 80%

Texas A&M University‘s flagship campus may finish behind the Commerce campus on our list, but it still offers a top-notch graduate education administration program. Its Master’s in Educational Administration with an emphasis in PK-12 Educational Leadership can be completed over the Internet. Applicants must have a valid teaching license and at least two years of experience in the field.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $12,153 in-state; $38,602 non-resident
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11

University of Kansas

  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Graduation Rate: 63%

The University of Kansas offers an elite graduate education administration program. Its online Master’s in Educational Administration program trains students by putting them to work in a simulated school district. There are two specializations offered: Building Leadership, which leads to a license, and a Non-Licensure track.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $11,066 in-state; $28,034 non-resident
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12

University of Oklahoma

  • Norman, Oklahoma
  • Graduation Rate: 67%

The University of Oklahoma offers one of the top graduate education administration programs in the region. Its Master’s in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision can be completed online. There is both a thesis track and a non-thesis track.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $11,763 in-state; $27,144 non-resident
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13

Louisiana State University

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Graduation Rate: 68%

Louisiana State University has an innovative and unique graduate education administration program. Its Master’s in Education offers a specialization in Higher Education Administration. Students can complete this degree in as little as 15 months.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $11,962 in-state; $28,639 non-resident
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14

Old Dominion University

  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate: 51%

Old Dominion University in Virgina has a top graduate educational administration program. Its Master’s in Educational Administration offers a concentration in Administration and Supervision. All students must complete six credits worth of internships before graduation.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $10,680 in-state; $30,840 non-resident
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15

University of South Carolina

  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Graduation Rate: 74%

The University of South Carolina offers the top education administration program in the state. Its Master’s in Educational Administration requires 36 credits of coursework, which can be completed online. Students must complete a practicum in either an elementary school or a secondary school. This program can be completed in roughly two years.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $12,688 in-state; $33,928 non-resident
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16

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Graduation Rate: 85%

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the top public universities in the country, and its graduate education administration program certainly contributes to this reputation. Its Master’s in Internal Education Administration and Leadership can be completed over the Internet. Students do not need to have teaching experience to enroll in this program.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $15,122 in-state; $32,264 non-resident
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17

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Graduation Rate: 68%

The University of Tennessee – Knoxville offers an online graduate education administration program that is very highly rated. Its Master’s in Educational Administration offers both a licensure and a non-licensure path. Students must complete a 350-hour internship.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $13,264 in-state; $31,664 non-resident
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18

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

  • Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Graduation Rate: 76%

The University of Massachusetts – Amherst is a top public university with a leading graduate education administration program. Applicants must have at least two years of relevant experience to apply to the Master’s in Higher Education. This program requires 30 credits of coursework, which can be completed online.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $16,389 in-state; $35,710 non-resident
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University of Massachusetts – Lowell

  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Graduation Rate: 55%

The University of Massachusetts – Lowell may have been edged out by UMass Amherst, but it still offers a top-notch graduate education administration program. Its Master’s in Educational Administration requires 30 credits of coursework. Students can complete this program entirely over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $15,648 in-state; $33,574 non-resident
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20

Mississippi College

  • Clinton, Mississippi
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

Mississippi College is a small private institution with the state’s leading graduate education administration program. Its Master’s in Higher Education prepares students to work in administrative positions in colleges and universities. Students can complete this online program in only 18 months.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $18,800
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Columbia International University

  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Graduation Rate: 74%

Columbia International University has a leading graduate educational administration program. Its Master’s in Educational Administration incorporates a Christian worldview into the curriculum. This online program can be completed in only two years.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $24,000
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22

Dallas Baptist University

  • Dallas, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 59%

Dallas Baptist University offers a graduate education administration program that incorporated Christian beliefs. Its Master’s in Higher Education prepares students to work in high-level positions at the university level. This program requires 36 credits of coursework, and does not require a thesis.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $30,320
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23

Concordia University – Chicago

  • River Forest, Illinois
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

Concordia University has several campuses around the country, but it’s the Chicago campus that makes our list. Its Master’s in Educational Administration is one of the top programs in the state. It is offered on an accelerated schedule which allows students to graduate in only 12 months.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $32,880
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24

Tiffin University

  • Tiffin, Ohio
  • Graduation Rate: 4%

Tiffin University may not be the most well-known school on this list, but it offers an excellent graduate educational administration program. Its Master’s in Higher Education Administration is offered on an accelerated schedule that allows students to graduate in only 18 months. All students must complete a capstone project to graduate.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $26,110
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Gwynedd Mercy University

  • Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Graduation Rate: 50%

Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania offers one of the leading graduate education administration programs in the state. This online program is a Master’s in Educational Administration with a K-12 Principal Certification track. All students must complete two practicum experiences.

School Overview

Tuition Per Year: $34,580
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Our Ranking Methodology

We came up with a final ranking for each school on this list by using our proprietary formula. Our formula uses each school’s yearly tuition rate and graduation rate to come up with a rating. Schools that have different tuition rates for resident students and non-resident students only has their resident rate considered. A multiplier equivalent to the percentage of students who did not graduate was added to the tuition rate to come up with the rating. This is how it works: College #1 has a yearly tuition rate of $10,000 and a graduation rate of 50%. Its rating would be 15,000 (10,000 x 150%). A lower rating is good for a school’s ranking.

Representatives of the schools on this list can feel free to contact us with any questions or corrections they may have.

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