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Master’s Degree in General Education

20,368 Yearly Graduations
$48,700 Median Salary
$27,917 Median Debt
A master's degree in education is offered at 402 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 29% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.2% of education graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Education Majors

In 2017-2018, 20,368 earned their master's degree in education. This earns it the #7 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in education at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 20,368
Bachelor’s Degree 4,243
Doctor’s Degree 2,601
Associate’s Degree 2,089
Graduate Certificate 1,164
Basic Certificate 682
Undergraduate Certificate 338

Earnings of Education Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in education is $48,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $43,000 and the high is $54,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in education is $27,917. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $34,167 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,500.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $325.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in education. About 78.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 4,400
Women 15,968
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Education

The racial-ethnic distribution of education master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 914
Black or African American 1,757
Hispanic or Latino 2,616
White 12,198
International Students 656
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,227
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Education Master's Degree Students

There are 402 colleges that offer a master’s degree in education. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,623 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for education students seekinga master's degree is Walden University. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,739 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,623 people received their master's degree in education from Walden University. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
660 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Harvard University. Roughly 31,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,340 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,384 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 660 people received their master's degree in education from Harvard. Of these students, 76% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

National University

La Jolla, California
650 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in education. Each year, around 17,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 650 people received their master's degree in education from National University. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#4

Ashford University

San Diego, California
493 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ashford University. Roughly 36,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,790 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 493 master's degree were handed out to education majors at Ashford University. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

422 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fullerton is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 40,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 422 master's degree were handed out to education majors at Cal State Fullerton. About 84% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
412 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Azusa Pacific University. Roughly 9,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,112 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 412 master's degree were handed out to education majors at Azusa Pacific. Of these students, 81% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
403 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in education. Each year, around 83,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,399 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,916 per year.

The education program at Grand Canyon University awarded 403 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

340 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Roughly 5,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 340 people received their master's degree in education from SMU MN. About 76% of this group were women, and 2% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
302 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jose State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in education. Roughly 35,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The education program at San Jose State University awarded 302 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 81% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
295 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is James Madison University. Each year, around 21,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,935 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,512 per year.

The education program at James Madison University awarded 295 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#11

Concordia University - Texas

Lakeway, Texas
291 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Concordia University - Texas. Roughly 2,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,030 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,455 per year.

The education program at Concordia University - Texas awarded 291 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#12

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
275 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 10,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,864 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 275 people received their master's degree in education from Northcentral University. Of these students, 70% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

265 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in education. Roughly 59,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,852 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

The education program at Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 265 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 72% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

California Baptist University

Riverside, California
248 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is California Baptist University. Roughly 9,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,668 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,420 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 248 people received their master's degree in education from Cal Baptist. Of these students, 78% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Cabrini University

Radnor, Pennsylvania
241 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cabrini University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Each year, around 2,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,950 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,985 per year.

The education program at Cabrini University awarded 241 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey
235 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montclair State University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Each year, around 21,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,132 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,188 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 235 master's degree were handed out to education majors at Montclair State. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#17

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
232 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in education. Roughly 44,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 232 master's degree were handed out to education majors at UCLA. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#18

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
227 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Purdue University - Main Campus. Roughly 42,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 227 people received their master's degree in education from Purdue. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#19

Brandman University

Irvine, California
225 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Brandman University. Each year, around 7,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,700 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 225 master's degree were handed out to education majors at Brandman. Of these students, 77% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

220 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Fresno. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 220 master's degree were handed out to education majors at Fresno State. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to education that offer master’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 27,627
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25,960
Special Education 17,867
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17,342
Curriculum & Instruction 15,447

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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