We've collected feedback on over 1,500 schools and these lists showcase the top-rated schools offering master's degrees. Instead of focusing merely on prestige and reputation, our master's degree program rankings are entirely based on the insights of over 60,000 real students who've actually experienced the programs and schools you're researching. Only accredited, non-profit institutions are eligible for our lists, and schools are rated by graduates on aspects such as quality of instruction, student diversity, degree satisfaction, and earning potential.
Covering a wide range of 21 subjects and almost 200 schools, these lists reflect the schools offering master's degree programs that students are most satisfied with, many of which offer specialized degree tracks or online master's degrees. You can read comments left by alumni by clicking on any school name. Our goal in presenting this information is to help prospective students make informed decisions about higher education. Check out our methodology or learn more about Graduate Programs' mission to promote accessibility, affordability, and quality in education.
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.