2017 Top Schools for an EdD or a PhD in Education

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Doctoral education

The 15 schools on our list are the top-rated schools that offer doctoral programs in education, based on student reviews. These high-ranking schools include some prestigious, private schools like Harvard University and the Teachers College at Columbia University. While some programs come with a hefty price tag, there are also schools that offer relatively affordable tuition while still being highly-rated, such as Azusa Pacific University, which has an annual tuition of $12,409 and a Student Score of 83.19.

Arizona State University, a public university with an affordable tuition rate ranging from $6,098 - $27,790, came in at number five on our list. Several reviewers commented on the quality of Arizona State University's online curriculum. One student wrote, “My courses have been very organized, insightful and immediately applicable to my career and the online coaches have been very supportive.” Another student praised their program's flexibility, saying, “ASU Online is convenient and a great opportunity for students who need flexibility to further their education.” Click on the names of the colleges listed below to learn more about our top graduate schools offering doctoral programs in education.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 85.00
#2 #2 University of South Florida - Main Campus Campus Location Tampa (FL) 2017 Student Score 83.31
#3 #3 Azusa Pacific University Campus Location Azusa (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.19
#4 #4 Florida State University Campus Location Tallahassee (FL) 2017 Student Score 83.03
#5 #5 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 82.91
#6 #6 University of Central Florida Campus Location Orlando (and 7 others) 2017 Student Score 82.77
#7 #7 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2017 Student Score 82.68
#8 #8 Teachers College at Columbia University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 81.61
#9 #9 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 79.93
#10 #10 Old Dominion University Campus Location Norfolk (VA) 2017 Student Score 79.90
#11 #11 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 79.12
#12 #12 University of Georgia Campus Location Athens (GA) 2017 Student Score 78.27
#13 #13 George Mason University Campus Location Fairfax (VA) 2017 Student Score 77.99
#14 #14 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 77.81
#15 #15 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2017 Student Score 75.30


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 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major 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 your 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.