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2021 Most Popular Master's Degree Schools

2,032 Schools Ranked
$42,682 Avg Student Debt

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school or bootcamp that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 2,032 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
13,705 Total Awards
$7,790 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,394 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the most popular school in the United States for students working on their master’s degree. WGU is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 13,705 master’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, master’s degree students take out $14,394 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 69% were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out WGU. Every graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
11,812 Total Awards
$11,074 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,753 Avg Student Debt

The excellent master’s degree programs at Grand Canyon University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular schools in the United States. Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit institution located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,812 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $32,753 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 77% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Grand Canyon University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 94% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#3

New York University

New York, New York
9,492 Total Awards
$35,562 Average Tuition & Fees
$78,554 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means New York University is a great place for students working on their master’s degree. This large private not-for-profit school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 9,492 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from NYU accumulate an average of $78,554 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 58% were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at NYU. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 12% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
9,413 Total Awards
$12,539 Average Tuition & Fees
$49,877 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 2,032 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Walden University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 9,413 students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $49,877 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 83% were women.

Walden University is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#5

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
9,216 Total Awards
$47,107 Average Tuition & Fees
$81,204 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern California. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools list. USC is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 9,216 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $81,204 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 57% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at USC. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 29% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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8,862 Total Awards
$49,968 Average Tuition & Fees
$74,333 Avg Student Debt

Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 8,862 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from Columbia accumulate an average of $74,333 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 55% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Columbia. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 8% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
8,183 Total Awards
$8,400 Average Tuition & Fees
$38,879 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, Liberty University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their master’s degree. Liberty University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,183 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from Liberty University accumulate an average of $38,879 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

Liberty University does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 96% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#8

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
6,797 Total Awards
$18,810 Average Tuition & Fees
$39,257 Avg Student Debt

Southern New Hampshire University ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 6,797 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $39,257 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 64% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since SNHU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 94% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
6,673 Total Awards
$57,556 Average Tuition & Fees
$42,033 Avg Student Debt

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Johns Hopkins University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Baltimore, Maryland that handed out 6,673 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from Johns Hopkins accumulate an average of $42,033 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 56% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Johns Hopkins. During the 2017-2018 year, about 54% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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5,885 Total Awards
$16,752 Average Tuition & Fees
$37,591 Avg Student Debt

University of Phoenix - Arizona did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the large private for-profit school awarded 5,885 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $37,591 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 72% were women.

UOPX - Arizona does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 98% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#11

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
5,688 Total Awards
$15,233 Average Tuition & Fees
$46,391 Avg Student Debt

Capella University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree programs. Capella University is a large private for-profit school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that handed out 5,688 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $46,391 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 80% of those degree recipients were women.

Capella University is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#12

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
5,599 Total Awards
$55,502 Average Tuition & Fees
$52,162 Avg Student Debt

Boston University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Boston U is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 5,599 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $52,162 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 59% were women.

Boston U does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 20% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#13

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
4,925 Total Awards
$49,214 Average Tuition & Fees
$53,599 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #13, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their master’s degree. Cambridge, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 4,925 students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $53,599 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 52% of those degree recipients were women.

Harvard does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 20% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#14

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4,771 Total Awards
$40,182 Average Tuition & Fees
$70,872 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #14, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their master’s degree. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 4,771 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from UPenn accumulate an average of $70,872 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 54% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UPenn. In fact, around 3% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#15

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
4,752 Total Awards
$24,218 Average Tuition & Fees
$51,399 Avg Student Debt

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree programs. U-M is a public institution located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,752 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $51,399 in student loans. Around 49% of those degree recipients were women.

U-M does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 4% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#16

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
4,667 Total Awards
$56,567 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,409 Avg Student Debt

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Evanston, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 4,667 students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $67,409 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 46% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Northwestern. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 5% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#17

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
4,597 Total Awards
$31,824 Average Tuition & Fees
$57,656 Avg Student Debt

George Washington University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree programs. GWU is located in Washington, District of Columbia and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,597 master’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $57,656 in student loans. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

GWU does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 36% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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4,596 Total Awards
$10,248 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,080 Avg Student Debt

The University of Texas at Arlington came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools ranking. The University of Texas at Arlington is a large public school located in Arlington, Texas that handed out 4,596 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from UT Arlington accumulate an average of $32,080 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 67% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UT Arlington. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 59% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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4,456 Total Awards
$8,910 Average Tuition & Fees
$46,326 Avg Student Debt

University of Maryland Global Campus ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Maryland Global Campus is a large public school located in Adelphi, Maryland that handed out 4,456 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from UMGC accumulate an average of $46,326 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 52% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UMGC does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 91% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#20

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
4,204 Total Awards
$51,790 Average Tuition & Fees
$66,954 Avg Student Debt

Georgetown University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree programs. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,204 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from Georgetown accumulate an average of $66,954 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 54% were women.

Georgetown does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 20% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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4,081 Total Awards
$19,293 Average Tuition & Fees
$49,440 Avg Student Debt

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school handed out 4,081 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $49,440 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 54% were women.

UW Seattle does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 7% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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3,991 Total Awards
$18,083 Average Tuition & Fees
$39,387 Avg Student Debt

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large public school located in Champaign, Illinois that handed out 3,991 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from UIUC accumulate an average of $39,387 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 50% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UIUC. In 2017-2018 about 33% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#23

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
3,788 Total Awards
$12,737 Average Tuition & Fees
$42,989 Avg Student Debt

University of Florida ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools list. UF is located in Gainesville, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,788 master’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, master’s degree students take out $42,989 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 51% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at UF. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 29% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#24

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
3,534 Total Awards
$12,953 Average Tuition & Fees
$53,348 Avg Student Debt

University of California - Los Angeles landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree programs. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out master’s degrees to 3,534 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $53,348 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 48% were women.

One thing to take note of is that UCLA does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 3% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#25

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
3,476 Total Awards
$10,173 Average Tuition & Fees
$31,675 Avg Student Debt

Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Texas A&M College Station is located in College Station, Texas and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,476 master’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $31,675 in student loans. Around 46% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Texas A&M College Station. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 8% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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

#26

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#27

Chamberlain University - Illinois

Addison, Illinois
#28

National University

La Jolla, California
#29

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#30

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#31

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
#33

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
#35

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#37

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#38

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#39

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
#42

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
#43

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#44

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
#45

Ashford University

San Diego, California
#46

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
#47

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
#48

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#49

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Rank School Location
51 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
52 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
53 Northeastern University Boston, MA
53 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
55 American College of Education Indianapolis, IN
56 DePaul University Chicago, IL
57 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
58 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
59 Yale University New Haven, CT
60 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
61 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
62 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
63 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
64 Stanford University Stanford, CA
65 Fordham University Bronx, NY
66 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
67 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
68 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
69 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
70 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
71 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
72 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
73 Ball State University Muncie, IN
74 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
74 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
76 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
77 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
78 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
79 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
80 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
81 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
82 Hunter College New York, NY
83 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
84 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
85 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
86 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
87 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
88 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
89 University of Houston Houston, TX
90 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
91 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
92 University of Denver Denver, CO
93 American University Washington, DC
94 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
95 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
96 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
97 University of Georgia Athens, GA
98 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
99 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
100 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
101 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
102 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
103 University of North Texas Denton, TX
104 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
105 Simmons University Boston, MA
106 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
106 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
108 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
109 LIU Post Brookville, NY
110 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Shreveport, LA
111 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
112 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
113 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
114 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
115 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
116 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
117 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
118 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
119 Portland State University Portland, OR
120 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
120 Concordia University - Portland Portland, OR
122 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
123 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
124 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
125 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
126 Emory University Atlanta, GA
127 Hult International Business School Cambridge, MA
128 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
129 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
130 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
131 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
132 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
133 Clemson University Clemson, SC
134 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
135 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
136 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
137 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
138 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
139 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
140 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
141 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
142 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
143 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
144 Touro College New York, NY
145 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
146 South University’s online programs Savannah, GA
147 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
148 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
149 Pace University - New York New York, NY
150 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
151 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
152 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
153 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
154 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
155 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
155 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
157 Auburn University Auburn, AL
158 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
159 Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
160 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
161 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
162 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
163 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
164 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
165 Villanova University Villanova, PA
166 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
167 Baruch College New York, NY
168 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
169 Tufts University Medford, MA
170 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
171 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
172 University at Albany Albany, NY
173 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
174 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
175 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
176 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA
177 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
178 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
179 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
180 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
181 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
182 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
183 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
184 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
185 Regis University Denver, CO
186 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
187 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA
188 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
189 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
190 Relay Graduate School of Education New York, NY
191 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
192 The New School New York, NY
193 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
194 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
195 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
196 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
197 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
198 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
199 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
200 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
201 Troy University Troy, AL
201 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
203 Brandman University Irvine, CA
204 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
205 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
206 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
206 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
208 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
209 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
210 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
211 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
212 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
213 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
214 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
215 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
216 Queens College Queens, NY
217 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
218 University of Delaware Newark, DE
219 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
220 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
221 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
222 Iowa State University Ames, IA
222 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
224 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
225 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
226 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
227 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
228 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
229 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
230 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
231 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
232 Mercer University Macon, GA
233 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
233 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
235 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
236 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
237 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
238 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
239 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
240 Strayer University - Global Region Washington, DC
241 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
242 Barry University Miami, FL
243 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
243 University of Mississippi University, MS
245 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
246 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
247 Washington State University Pullman, WA
248 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
249 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
250 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
251 National Louis University Chicago, IL
252 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
253 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
254 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
255 Rice University Houston, TX
256 University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD
256 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
258 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
258 Towson University Towson, MD
260 Baylor University Waco, TX
261 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
262 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
263 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
264 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
265 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
266 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
267 Marshall University Huntington, WV
268 Trident University International Cypress, CA
269 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
269 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
269 Boise State University Boise, ID
272 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
273 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
273 University of West Alabama Livingston, AL
275 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
276 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
277 Brown University Providence, RI
278 Seattle University Seattle, WA
278 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
280 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
280 Utah State University Logan, UT
280 Lesley University Cambridge, MA
283 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
284 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
285 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
286 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
287 Aurora University Aurora, IL
288 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
289 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
290 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
290 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
290 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
293 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
294 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
295 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
296 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
297 University of New England Biddeford, ME
298 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
299 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
300 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
301 Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Harrisburg, PA
302 The City College of New York New York, NY
303 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
304 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
305 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular schools ranking:

Rank School Location
306 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
307 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
308 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
309 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
310 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
310 Illinois State University Normal, IL
312 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
313 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
314 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
314 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
316 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
317 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
318 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
318 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX
320 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
321 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
322 Lehman College Bronx, NY
322 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
324 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
325 Alliant International University San Diego, CA
326 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
327 Texas A&M University - Kingsville Kingsville, TX
328 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
329 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
330 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
330 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
332 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
333 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA
334 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
335 Ashland University Ashland, OH
336 Franklin University Columbus, OH
337 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
338 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
339 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
340 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
341 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
342 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
342 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
344 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
345 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
346 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
347 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
348 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
349 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
350 Excelsior College Albany, NY
351 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
352 Frontier Nursing University Hyden, KY
352 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
354 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
355 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
356 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
357 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
357 Chapman University Orange, CA
359 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
360 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
361 Kean University Union, NJ
362 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
362 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
364 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
365 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
366 Cambridge College Boston, MA
367 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
368 Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, TX
368 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
370 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
370 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
370 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
373 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
374 Bentley University Waltham, MA
375 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
376 Suffolk University Boston, MA
376 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
378 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
379 Salem State University Salem, MA
379 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA
381 American International College Springfield, MA
382 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
383 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
384 Widener University Chester, PA
385 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
386 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
387 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
387 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
389 Buffalo State Buffalo, NY
389 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
389 Park University Parkville, MO
392 William Woods University Fulton, MO
393 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
394 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
395 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
395 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
397 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
398 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
399 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
400 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
401 Babson College Wellesley, MA
401 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
401 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
404 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
405 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
406 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
406 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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