2018 Best Schools for a Doctorate in Education

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Based on student and alumni evaluations, this list ranks the best colleges for a doctorate in education. Among the list are well-known universities like Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Boston College, Harvard, and Syracuse. Indiana State University tops the list with a 93.33 score and a 100% student recommendation rating. In-state tuition for this student-favorite program is $7,184 and $13,916 for out-of-state tuition. Regarding Indiana State's program, one student commented that "This type a of practical program provides the most hands on, real life experiences that you can get as a Student Affairs Professional. I can say that the program made me feel like I was well prepared to go into the work field and be successful."

Other top-ranked programs include the University of Wisconsin - Madison, whose in-state tuition is $11,870. One UW student writes, “The program can be tailored to career goals... and the program provides a robust curriculum that covers current concepts with extensive attention to today's heavy technology leaning." University of Oregon ranked high on the list as well with an 87.38 score, and this ranking was confirmed by comments from students, such as, "The teachers were well versed in their subjects, as a class we cooperated and discussed our classes... and both teachers and my cohort are still available as a support network." Click on the university names below to find out more details about these stand-out programs.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Indiana State University Campus Location Terre Haute (IN) 2018 Student Score 93.33
#2 #2 University of South Carolina-Columbia Campus Location Columbia (SC) 2018 Student Score 91.82
#3 #3 Vanderbilt University Campus Location Nashville (TN) 2018 Student Score 87.78
#4 #4 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2018 Student Score 87.65
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2018 Student Score 87.50
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Florida State University Campus Location Tallahassee (FL) 2018 Student Score 87.50
#7 #7 University of Oregon Campus Location Eugene (OR) 2018 Student Score 87.38
#8 #8 Ohio State University-Main Campus Campus Location Columbus (and 2 others) 2018 Student Score 87.27
#9 #9 University of Arizona Campus Location Tucson (AZ) 2018 Student Score 86.59
#10 #10 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2018 Student Score 85.88
#11 #11 Iowa State University Campus Location Ames (IA) 2018 Student Score 85.79
#12 #12 Texas A & M University-Commerce Campus Location Commerce (TX) 2018 Student Score 85.33
#13 #13 University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Location Honolulu (HI) 2018 Student Score 85.28
#14 #14 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2018 Student Score 84.90
#15 #15 University of Virginia - Main Campus Campus Location Charlottesville (VA) 2018 Student Score 84.69
#16 #16 University of Central Florida Campus Location Orlando (and 7 others) 2018 Student Score 84.28
#17 #17 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 84.00
#18 #18 Azusa Pacific University Campus Location Azusa (CA) 2018 Student Score 83.97
#19 #19 San Diego State University Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2018 Student Score 83.53
#20 #20 Boston College Campus Location Chestnut Hill (MA) 2018 Student Score 83.16
#21 #21 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2018 Student Score 82.94
#22 #22 University of South Florida - Main Campus Campus Location Tampa (FL) 2018 Student Score 82.69
#23 #23 Claremont Graduate University Campus Location Claremont (CA) 2018 Student Score 82.67
#24 #24 Syracuse University Campus Location Syracuse (NY) 2018 Student Score 82.00
#25 #25 University of Georgia Campus Location Athens (GA) 2018 Student Score 81.74


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.