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2022 Best Grad Schools in the United States for Master's Degrees

There are lots of options to choose from today when trying to decide which grad school to attend. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Master's Degree Schools ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

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Choosing the Best Grad School for You

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Our analysis looked at 1,305 grad schools in the United States to determine which ones have the best master's degree programs. Our ranking for the best grad schools is based on objective factors. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. The following gives more info on what goes into our ranking factors and why we consider those factors.

Higher Than Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving a master's degree from the school. While master's degree recipients from schools in the United States earn an average starting salary of $56,398, those from the top 20 school on this list made an average of $78,924.

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Taking Out Student Loans

In addition to average starting salaries, we also consider the average amount of student loans that graduate students take on while pursuing their master's degree. Upon graduation, master's degree recipients from schools in the United States have accumulated an average of $43,194 in student debt. We consider this number in conjunction with average post-graduation earnings to gauge the difficulty master's recipients will have paying back their loans.

More Ranking Factors That Are Important

We also analyze a number of other factors in addition to average post-graduation earnings and average student debt when coming up with our yearly Best Master's Degree Schools ranking. On a broad level, other factors that go into our rankings include such things as the demand of the school, the student body caliber, if the school has online options, and the educational resources provided by the school.

We go into more detail on these factors on our graduate school ranking methodology page.

One Size Does Not Fit All

You may also want to narrow this list by location to find the best master's degree schools nearest you. Also, you may want to check out our other college rankings.

Thinking about continuing your education further? Check out our Best Doctorate Degree Schools ranking.

Top Master's Degree Schools in the United States

Learn more about these excellent grad schools below:

#1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
1,828 Master's Degrees Awarded
$104,329 Average Early-Career Earnings
$39,938 Average Student Debt

Our analysis found Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the best grad school for master’s degrees in the United States in this year’s ranking. MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has a fairly large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 1,828 master’s degrees to qualified graduate students.

The average salary of a graduate with a master’s degree from MIT is $104,329 during the early years of their career. Master’s students leave the school with an average of $39,938 in student loans. This translates to an average monthly payment of $466 if the graduate is repaying the loan over a 10-year period.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, California
2,372 Master's Degrees Awarded
$98,380 Average Early-Career Earnings
$35,804 Average Student Debt

A rank of #2 on our Best Master’s Degree in the United States list means Stanford University is a great place for students working on their degree. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,372 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $98,380 during the early years of their career. Master’s students leave the school with an average of $35,804 in student loans. Average monthly loan payments are around $417 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Keck Graduate Institute

Claremont, California
127 Master's Degrees Awarded
$72,900 Average Early-Career Earnings
$59,589 Average Student Debt

A rank of #3 on our Best Master’s Degree in the United States list means Keck Graduate Institute is a great place for students working on their degree. Located in Claremont, California, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 127 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $72,900 during the early years of their career. Master’s students carry an average student debt load of about $59,589 after getting their degree. This translates to an average monthly payment of $694 if the graduate is repaying the loan over a 10-year period.

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#4

Presidio Graduate School

San Francisco, California
43 Master's Degrees Awarded
$58,050 Average Early-Career Earnings
$48,351 Average Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Presidio Graduate School. The school came in at #4 in the United States on this year’s best master’s degree schools ranking. San Francisco, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 43 students in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, master’s degree graduates from Presidio Graduate School make an average of $58,050 a year. Master’s students leave the school with an average of $48,351 in student loans. Average monthly loan payments are around $564 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
669 Master's Degrees Awarded
$163,100 Average Early-Career Earnings
$41,000 Average Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dartmouth College. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States list. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 669 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a master’s degree from Dartmouth go into careers with an average salary of $163,100 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $41,000. If the student is repaying the loan over 10 years, the average monthly payment is $478.

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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
3,321 Master's Degrees Awarded
$65,000 Average Early-Career Earnings
$54,024 Average Student Debt

University of Chicago ranked #6 on this year’s Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States list. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 3,321 students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a master’s degree from UChicago go into careers with an average salary of $65,000 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $54,024. If the student is repaying the loan over 10 years, the average monthly payment is $630.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
3,343 Master's Degrees Awarded
$79,731 Average Early-Career Earnings
$73,493 Average Student Debt

Duke University landed the #7 spot on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 3,343 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a master’s degree from Duke go into careers with an average salary of $79,731 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $73,493. If the student is repaying the loan over 10 years, the average monthly payment is $856.

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#8

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
2,525 Master's Degrees Awarded
$61,421 Average Early-Career Earnings
$50,096 Average Student Debt

Yale University landed the #8 spot on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Yale is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,525 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, master’s degree graduates from Yale make an average of $61,421 a year. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $50,096. This translates to an average monthly payment of $584 if the graduate is repaying the loan over a 10-year period.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
4,820 Master's Degrees Awarded
$81,091 Average Early-Career Earnings
$71,753 Average Student Debt

Northwestern University did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #9. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Evanston, Illinois, and it awarded 4,820 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a master’s degree from Northwestern go into careers with an average salary of $81,091 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $71,753. Average monthly loan payments are around $836 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
602 Master's Degrees Awarded

Princeton University did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #10. Princeton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 602 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4,870 Master's Degrees Awarded
$95,646 Average Early-Career Earnings
$62,469 Average Student Debt

University of Pennsylvania landed the #11 spot on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 4,870 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $95,646 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $62,469. This translates to an average monthly payment of $728 if the graduate is repaying the loan over a 10-year period.

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#12

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
4,949 Master's Degrees Awarded
$64,587 Average Early-Career Earnings
$38,638 Average Student Debt

With a ranking of #12, Harvard University did quite well on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it awarded 4,949 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $64,587 during the early years of their career. Master’s students leave the school with an average of $38,638 in student loans. Average monthly loan payments are around $450 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
1,160 Master's Degrees Awarded
$51,850 Average Early-Career Earnings
$36,804 Average Student Debt

University of Notre Dame landed the #13 spot on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Notre Dame, Indiana, and it awarded 1,160 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a master’s degree from Notre Dame go into careers with an average salary of $51,850 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $36,804. Average monthly loan payments are around $429 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts
42 Master's Degrees Awarded

Williams College landed the #14 spot on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It awarded 42 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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#15

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California
13 Master's Degrees Awarded

Claremont McKenna College did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Claremont, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 13 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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#16

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
3,156 Master's Degrees Awarded
$83,253 Average Early-Career Earnings
$64,308 Average Student Debt

Cornell University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Cornell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,156 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $83,253 during the early years of their career. Master’s students carry an average student debt load of about $64,308 after getting their degree. If the student is repaying the loan over 10 years, the average monthly payment is $749.

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#17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
6,806 Master's Degrees Awarded
$73,126 Average Early-Career Earnings
$41,508 Average Student Debt

Johns Hopkins University landed the #17 spot on the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Johns Hopkins is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 6,806 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins go into careers with an average salary of $73,126 during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $41,508. Average monthly loan payments are around $484 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Rice University

Houston, Texas
906 Master's Degrees Awarded
$74,550 Average Early-Career Earnings
$31,080 Average Student Debt

Rice University did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 906 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $74,550 during the early years of their career. Master’s students carry an average student debt load of about $31,080 after getting their degree. If the student is repaying the loan over 10 years, the average monthly payment is $362.

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#19

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
4,203 Master's Degrees Awarded
$71,296 Average Early-Career Earnings
$70,220 Average Student Debt

Georgetown University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,203 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, master’s degree graduates from Georgetown make an average of $71,296 a year. Master’s students leave the school with an average of $70,220 in student loans. This translates to an average monthly payment of $818 if the graduate is repaying the loan over a 10-year period.

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#20

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3,256 Master's Degrees Awarded
$79,160 Average Early-Career Earnings
$51,897 Average Student Debt

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 3,256 students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, master’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $79,160 during the early years of their career. Master’s students carry an average student debt load of about $51,897 after getting their degree. This translates to an average monthly payment of $605 if the graduate is repaying the loan over a 10-year period.

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9,178 Master's Degrees Awarded
$76,768 Average Early-Career Earnings
$70,863 Average Student Debt

Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking. Columbia is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 9,178 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a master’s degree from Columbia make an average of $76,768 per year during the early years of their career. Master’s students carry an average student debt load of about $70,863 after getting their degree. Average monthly loan payments are around $826 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
192 Master's Degrees Awarded
$47,500 Average Early-Career Earnings
$55,940 Average Student Debt

Middlebury College did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #22. Middlebury College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middlebury, Vermont that handed out 192 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a master’s degree from Middlebury make an average of $47,500 per year during the early years of their career. The average amount of student debt accumulated by master’s students is $55,940. If the student is repaying the loan over 10 years, the average monthly payment is $652.

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#23

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
101 Master's Degrees Awarded

California Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #23. Caltech is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pasadena, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 101 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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#24

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
3,316 Master's Degrees Awarded
$76,750 Average Early-Career Earnings
$40,348 Average Student Debt

University of California - Berkeley did quite well in the 2022 Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States ranking, coming in at #24. UC Berkeley is located in Berkeley, California and has a large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 3,316 master’s degrees to qualified graduate students.

During the early years of their career, master’s degree graduates from UC Berkeley make an average of $76,750 a year. Master’s students leave the school with an average of $40,348 in student loans. Average monthly loan payments are around $470 for a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
4 Master's Degrees Awarded

Colgate University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Master’s Degree Schools in the United States list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Hamilton, New York, and it awarded 4 master’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Master's Degree Schools in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#28

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#29

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#30

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
#31

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

#34

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

#35

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#36

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#37

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#38

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
#39

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
#40

New York University

New York, New York
#41

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
#42

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
#43

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

#46

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#47

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#48

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
#49

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
#50

Kettering University

Flint, Michigan

Rest of the Top 15% Master's Degree Schools in the United States

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Rank College Location
51 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
52 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
53 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Monterey, CA
54 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
55 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
56 George Washington University Washington, DC
57 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
58 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
59 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
60 Marietta College Marietta, OH
61 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
62 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
63 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
64 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
65 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
Rank College Location
66 Trinity College Hartford, CT
67 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
68 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
69 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
70 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
71 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
72 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
73 Touro University Worldwide Los Alamitos, CA
74 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
75 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
75 Simmons University Boston, MA
77 Elon University Elon, NC
78 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
79 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
80 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
81 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
82 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
83 American University Washington, DC
84 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
85 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
86 Smith College Northampton, MA
87 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA
88 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
89 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
90 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
Rank College Location
91 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
92 Stonehill College Easton, MA
92 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
94 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
95 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
96 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
97 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
98 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
99 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
100 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
101 United States University San Diego, CA
102 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
103 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
104 University of Georgia Athens, GA
105 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
106 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
107 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
108 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
109 Fordham University Bronx, NY
110 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
111 Drake University Des Moines, IA
112 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
113 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
114 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
115 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
Rank College Location
116 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA
117 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
118 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
119 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
120 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
121 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
122 American Jewish University Los Angeles, CA
123 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
124 Providence College Providence, RI
125 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
126 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
127 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
128 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
129 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
130 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
131 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
132 University of Delaware Newark, DE
133 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
134 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
135 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
136 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
137 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
138 Emerson College Boston, MA
139 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
140 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
Rank College Location
141 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
142 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
143 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA
144 Clemson University Clemson, SC
145 Endicott College Beverly, MA
146 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
147 Brandman University Irvine, CA
148 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
149 Hunter College New York, NY
150 University of New England Biddeford, ME
151 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
152 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
153 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
154 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY
155 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
156 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
157 Yeshiva University New York, NY
158 Siena College Loudonville, NY
159 Seattle University Seattle, WA
160 Iowa State University Ames, IA
161 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA
162 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
163 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
164 Creighton University Omaha, NE
165 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
Rank College Location
166 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
167 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
168 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
169 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
170 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
171 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
172 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
173 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
174 Alfred University Alfred, NY
175 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
176 Auburn University Auburn, AL
177 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
178 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Prescott, AZ
179 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
180 Chapman University Orange, CA
181 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
182 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
183 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
184 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
185 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
186 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
187 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
188 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
189 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
190 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
Rank College Location
191 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
192 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
193 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
194 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
195 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
196 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Master’s Degree Schools ranking:

Rank College Location
197 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
198 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
199 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
200 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
201 St John’s College Annapolis, MD
202 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
203 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
204 Baruch College New York, NY
205 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
206 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
207 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
208 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
209 Western New Mexico University Silver City, NM
210 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
211 Baylor University Waco, TX
Rank College Location
212 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
213 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
214 Alliant International University San Diego, CA
215 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
216 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
216 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
218 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
219 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
220 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
221 Towson University Towson, MD
222 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
223 Antioch University - Los Angeles Culver City, CA
224 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
225 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
226 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
227 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
228 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
229 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
230 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
231 Touro College New York, NY
Rank College Location
232 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
233 Saint Francis University Loretto, PA
234 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
235 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
236 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
237 Clark University Worcester, MA
238 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL
239 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
240 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
241 National University La Jolla, CA
242 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
243 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
244 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
245 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
246 Belmont University Nashville, TN
247 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
248 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
249 Anna Maria College Paxton, MA
250 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
251 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
Rank College Location
252 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
253 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
254 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
255 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
256 Whittier College Whittier, CA
257 Ball State University Muncie, IN
258 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
259 Willamette University Salem, OR
260 Illinois State University Normal, IL
261 Dordt University Sioux Center, IA
262 University of St Francis Joliet, IL

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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