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2021 Best Education Master's Degree Schools

479 Colleges
$47,844 Avg Salary
$31,834 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Education Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 306,739 education students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #4 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Education Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 479 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for education majors pursuing a master's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Education

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Stanford University the best school in the United States for education students working on their master’s degree. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford.

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#2

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Brandman University is a great place for education students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Delaware. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a very large student population.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Out of the 479 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Johns Hopkins University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The College of New Jersey. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#6

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Education Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree education programs. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Bank Street College of Education did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for education students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of New York, Bank Street College of Education is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#9

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

With a ranking of #9, University of Redlands did quite well on this year’s best schools for education students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Redlands, U of Redlands is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#10

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree education programs. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree education programs. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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Concordia University - Irvine ranked #12 on this year’s Best Education Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Irvine, Concordia University Irvine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#13

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#14

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Pace University - New York landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree education programs. Pace University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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#15

American University

Washington, DC

American University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Education Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#16

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Master’s Degree Schools ranking. National University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of La Jolla.

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#17

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for education students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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The College of Saint Rose came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Master’s Degree Schools ranking. The College of Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

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#19

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for education students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#20

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Education Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#21

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Riverdale.

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#22

Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ

Centenary University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree education programs. Centenary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hackettstown.

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#23

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree education programs. Located in the suburb of Beverly, Endicott is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#24

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

With a ranking of #24, Rider University did quite well on this year’s best schools for education students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#25

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

With a ranking of #25, Hamline University did quite well on this year’s best schools for education students working on their master’s degree. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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Rest of the Top Best Education Master's Degree Schools

#26

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#28

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#29

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY
#30

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#31

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#32

Boston University

Boston, MA
#33

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
#35

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#36

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#37

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#39

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#40

Providence College

Providence, RI
#42

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#43

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#44

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#45

Manhattanville College

Purchase, NY
#47

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD
#48

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#50

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Education Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 479 different United States education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 New York University New York, NY
52 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
53 Spalding University Louisville, KY
54 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
55 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
56 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
57 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
58 Seattle University Seattle, WA
59 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
60 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
61 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
62 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
63 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
64 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
65 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
66 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
67 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
68 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
69 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
70 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
71 American International College Springfield, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Education Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
72 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
73 Touro College New York, NY
74 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
75 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
76 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
77 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
78 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
79 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
80 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
81 CUNY City College New York, NY
82 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
83 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
84 Towson University Towson, MD
85 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
86 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
87 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
88 Piedmont College Demorest, GA
89 Dominican University River Forest, IL
90 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
91 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
92 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
93 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
94 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
95 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD

Education by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Instructional Media Design 7,063
Other Education 5,503
Teaching English or French 5,407
Multilingual Education 1,636
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 the rest 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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