Higher Education Administration

Ranked in 2014, part of Best Education Schools

A degree in higher education administration helps future heads of colleges and universities and other administrators learn how to lead effectively. These are the top schools for graduate programs in higher education administration.

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Rankings Overall Education School Program Data
Rank School name Tuition Total enrollment Average GRE verbal score, entering doctoral students Average GRE quantitative score, entering doctoral students Doctoral programs acceptance rate Average amount of externally funded research expenditure per faculty member (in thousands) Peer assessment score (out of 5) Student-faculty ratio Superintendent assessment score (out of 5) Total amount of externally funded research conducted by the school (in millions)
#2 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$19,982 per year (in-state, full-time); $40,402 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 677
#1 University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$11,220 per year (in-state, full-time); $15,102 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 744
#10 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$40,106 per year (full-time) 855
#7 Vanderbilt University (Peabody)

Nashville, TN

$1,747 per credit (full-time) 873
#11 University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

$573 per credit (in-state, full-time); $1,236 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 937
#9 Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

$404 per credit (in-state, full-time); $1,178 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 952
#6 University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$43,856 per year (full-time) 1,051
#3 Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

University Park, PA

$18,270 per year (in-state, full-time); $31,246 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,061
#8 University of Georgia

Athens, GA

$7,700 per year (in-state, full-time); $23,000 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,648
#4 University of Southern California (Rossier)

Los Angeles, CA

$1,536 per credit (full-time) 1,886
#5 Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

$654 per credit (in-state, full-time); $1,253 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 1,980