Penn State's College of Education and its graduate programs enjoy high rankings in the national rankings of graduate programs published by US News & World Report (2011). It is ranked 1st for Higher Education Administration program. The Higher Education Program is located in the Department of Education Policy Studies within the College of Education, at The Pennsylvania State University. Students from the Higher Education Program are encouraged to pursue academic work, through the minor (or cognate), within other academic fields at Penn State. Graduates can pursue a wide variety of careers including positions as administrators, researchers, faculty members, etc.

The University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) has been the nation’s premier preparation program for higher education leadership and has been consistently ranked 1st or 2nd by polls within and outside of education. Graduate programs offered include the Master's / Doctoral Degree in Higher Education. Graduates of the Master's degree program are qualified to participate in a wide range of higher education settings, including: college and university administration, state and national public policy agencies, government offices, etc.

Best Education Schools Specialty Rankings (Top 10 list)
- Higher education administration:
1 Pennsylvania State University--University Park
   University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
3 University of California--Los Angeles
4 Michigan State University
5 Indiana University--Bloomington
6 University of Georgia
   University of Southern California (Rossier)
   Vanderbilt University (Peabody)
9 University of Pennsylvania
10 University of Maryland--College Park
Source: US News & World Report 2011

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek