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Master’s Degree in Special Education

18,013 Yearly Graduations
$47,350 Median Salary
$29,523 Median Debt
A master's degree in special ed is offered at 635 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 25% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.4% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2018-2019, 18,013 earned their master's degree in special ed. This earns it the #9 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 special ed at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 18,013
Bachelor’s Degree 8,866
Graduate Certificate 2,240
Basic Certificate 554
Associate’s Degree 408
Undergraduate Certificate 301
Doctor’s Degree 257

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in special ed is $47,350. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $43,550 to a high of $54,325.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in special ed is $29,523. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $37,972 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,760.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $344.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in special ed. About 85.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,677
Women 15,336
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Special Ed

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 446
Black or African American 1,718
Hispanic or Latino 1,977
White 12,197
International Students 246
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,429
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Master's Degree Students

There are 635 colleges that offer a master’s degree in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
1,065 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for special ed students seekinga master's degree is Ball State University. Each year, around 22,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,358 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,850 per year.

The special ed program at Ball State University awarded 1,065 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 92% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
1,057 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The special ed program at Grand Canyon University awarded 1,057 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Touro College

New York, New York
543 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Touro College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,038 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,240 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 543 people received their master's degree in special ed from Touro. Of these students, 84% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
363 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 98,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

The special ed program at Western Governors University awarded 363 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#5

National University

La Jolla, California
304 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is National University. Roughly 17,000 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 304 master's degree were handed out to special ed majors at National University. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
273 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 35,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 273 people received their master's degree in special ed from GMU. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#7

CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York
268 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Hunter College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 23,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The special ed program at CUNY Hunter College awarded 268 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 74% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
260 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 75,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 260 master's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Liberty University. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

254 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arkansas State University - Main Campus. Each year, around 13,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,986 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 254 master's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Arkansas State University - Main Campus. Of these students, 89% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

LIU Post

Brookville, New York
236 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

LIU Post comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,482 per year.

The special ed program at LIU Post awarded 236 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 68% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Concordia College - New York

Bronxville, New York
175 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Concordia College - New York is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,795 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 175 master's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Concordia College - New York. About 95% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Ashford University

San Diego, California
168 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 36,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 168 people received their master's degree in special ed from Ashford University. About 87% of this group were women, and 65% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

American International College

Springfield, Massachusetts
160 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American International College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 3,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,579 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 160 people received their master's degree in special ed from AIC. About 84% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
152 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Tech University. Each year, around 36,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,744 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,958 per year.

The special ed program at Texas Tech University awarded 152 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#15

CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York
146 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Brooklyn College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Roughly 17,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The special ed program at CUNY Brooklyn College awarded 146 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 71% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
143 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

William Carey University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 4,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 143 master's degree were handed out to special ed majors at William Carey University. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#17

Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts
142 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Endicott College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,304 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,555 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 142 master's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Endicott. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#17

Daemen College

Amherst, New York
142 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Daemen College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 2,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,830 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,928 per year.

The special ed program at Daemen College awarded 142 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 1% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#19

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
131 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pace University - New York is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,714 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,320 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 people received their master's degree in special ed from Pace University. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#19

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
131 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of St Thomas Minnesota. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 people received their master's degree in special ed from UST MN. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 27,762
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25,769
General Education 19,995
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17,465
Curriculum & Instruction 16,093

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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