Best Graduate Education Colleges of 2012-2013

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If you’re thinking about earning a graduate degree in education, there are several things you should consider. However, the most important thing to evaluate is the quality of the school and program where you’ll be earning your education degree. The 50 graduate education schools presented below are ranked based on many of the criteria (such as admissions selectivity, quality of students and faculty, graduation rates, accreditation, etc.) that are reflective of a good graduate school. However, rankings should not be construed as the “end all” to your academic search, rather a starting point. When evaluating graduate education program you’ll want to make sure a program is regionally accredited; has a well respected, high-quality faculty; and a good graduation and placement rate–but ultimately you’ll want to find a program that meets your personal and career aspirations.

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Education College Rankings

RankNameAnnual TuitionEnrollment
1Vanderbilt University (Peabody) – Nashville, TN$1,500 per credit780
2Columbia University – New York, NY$1,100 per credit5,100
3Harvard University – Cambridge, MA$34,000990
4University of Oregon – Eugene, OR$12,500 In-state,
$18,000 Out-of-state
800
5Stanford University – Stanford, CA$380$37,400
6University of California–Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CAN/A In-state,
$14,500 Out-of-state
840
7Northwestern University – Evanston, IL$38,000380
8University of Wisconsin–Madison – Madison, WI$10,500 In-state,
$25,000 Out-of-state
1,030
9University of California–Berkeley – Berkeley, CAN/A In-state,
$14,600 Out-of-state
400
10University of Texas–Austin – Austin, TX$7,400 In-state,
$14,500 Out-of-state
1,580
11University of Washington – Seattle, WA$10,700 In-state,
$24,000 Out-of-state
1,100
12Ohio State University – Columbus, OH$11,000 In-state,
$26,500 Out-of-state
1,350
13University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA$38,8001,150
14University of Michigan–Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI$17,624 In-state,
$35,600 Out-of-state
490
15New York University (Steinhardt) – New York, NY$29,0003,780
16Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI$511/credit In-state
$1,000/credit Out-of-state
1,780
17Boston College (Lynch) – Chestnut Hill, MA$1,050 per credit905
18University of Kansas – Lawrence, KS$270/credit In-state
$650/credit Out-of-state
1,150
19Indiana University–Bloomington – Bloomington, IN$330/credit In-state,
$970/credit Out-of-state
1,020
20University of Virginia (Curry) – Charlottesville, VA$10,450 In-state,
$20,010 Out-of-state
730
21Pennsylvania State University–University Park – University Park, PA$15,400 In-state,
$28,200 Out-of-state
1,165
22University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA$11,200 In-state,
$18,310 Out-of-state
1,250
23University of Minnesota–Twin Cities – Minneapolis, MN$11,200 In-state,
$18,300 Out-of-state
2,500
24University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign – Champaign, IL$9,300 In-state,
$22,500 Out-of-state
1,270
25University of Maryland–College Park – College Park, MD$470/credit In-state,
$1,020/credit Out-ofstate
1,240
26University of Southern California (Rossier) – Los Angeles, CA$1,300/credit1,270
27Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA$7,200 In-state,
$15,900 Out-of-state
1,800
28University of Delaware – Newark, DE$8,550 In-state,
$22,250 Out-of-state
510
29University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC$5,400 In-state,
$19,800 Out-of-state
630
30George Washington University – Washington, DC$1,120 per credit1,990
31Texas A&M University–College Station – College State, TX$222/credit In-state,
$500/credit Out-of-state
1,330
32University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA$6,850 In-state,
$20,440 Out-of-state
700
33Utah State University – Logan, UT$3,460 In-state,
$12,100 Out-of-state
1,040
34University of Connecticut (Neag) – Storrs, CT$9,450 In-state,
$24,500 Out-of-state
850
35Arizona State University (Fulton) – Tempe, AZ$7,975 In-state,
$20,320 Out-of-state
1,230
36Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–New Brunswick – New Brunswick, NJ$13,840 In-state,
$21,200 Out-of-state
980
37Cornell University – Ithaca, NY$20,80075
38College of William and Mary – Williamsburg, VA$10,500 In-state,
$24,200 Out-of-state
350
39University of Georgia – Athens, GA$6,000 In-state,
$20,900 Out-of-state
3,424
40Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL$260/credit In-state,
$900/credit Out-of-state
1,140
41University of Missouri – Columbia, MO$300/credit In-state,
$770/credit Out-of-state
2,300
42Purdue University–West Lafayette – West Lafayette, IN$8,200 In-state,
$24,700 Out-of-state
430
43University of Colorado–Boulder – Boulder, CO$8,200 In-state,
$23,300 Out-of-state
460
44Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA$500 per credit650
45Washington University in St. Louis – St. Louis, MO$38,00030
46Temple University – Philadelphia, PA$590/credit In-state,
$860/credit Out-of-state
700
47University of Tennessee–Knoxville – Knoxville, TN$6,800 In-state,
$20,600 Out-of-state
550
48University of Massachusetts–Amherst – Amherst, MA$2,600 In-state,
$9,900 Out-of-state
763
49University of Hawaii–Manoa – Honolulu, HI$8,900 In-state,
$21,500 Out-of-state
1,206
50University of Illinois–Chicago – Chicago, IL$8,800 In-state,
$20,800 Out-of-state
920
* College rankings based on editor generated composite of major ranking indices.