2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Education

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This list consists of the top 25 schools offering master's degrees in education. Each degree was scored by students on various elements including instructional quality and career preparation, financial services, and overall student satisfaction with their programs. Indiana State University ranks at number one on this list with an exceptional student rating score of 93.33. University of South Carolina-Columbia and SUNY at Fredonia follow closely with student scores of 91.82 and 90.58, respectively.

Students at University of Washington - Bothell had high praise for the education program, calling it "dynamic" and with classes that are "highly engaging, thought-provoking, and provide insight into issues surrounding the educational community." Arizona State University students were similarly enthusiastic about their experiences of the education degree programs. One student writes, "Arizona State University has a great education program. The classes all taught me a lot of relevant material for my career, and the teachers were all extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I learned a lot of things in my courses that I can take into my preschool classroom and use to the benefit of my students." Another top-rated school, Vanderbilt University, has a 100% recommendation rate from students and alumni. One student notes, "The program is rigorous, and you cannot help but learn more than you even know you're learning at the time." To read more about what students had to say, click on one of the school names below.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Indiana State University Campus Location Terre Haute (IN) 2018 Student Score 93.33
#2 #2 University of South Carolina-Columbia Campus Location Columbia (SC) 2018 Student Score 91.82
#3 #3 SUNY at Fredonia Campus Location Fredonia (NY) 2018 Student Score 90.58
#4 #4 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Location Bothell (WA) 2018 Student Score 88.82
#5 #5 University of La Verne Campus Location La Verne (CA) 2018 Student Score 88.64
#6 #6 Dallas Baptist University Campus Location Dallas (TX) 2018 Student Score 88.42
#7 #7 Vanderbilt University Campus Location Nashville (TN) 2018 Student Score 87.78
#8 #8 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2018 Student Score 87.65
#9 (tie) #9 (tie) Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2018 Student Score 87.50
#9 (tie) #9 (tie) Florida State University Campus Location Tallahassee (FL) 2018 Student Score 87.50
#11 #11 University of Oregon Campus Location Eugene (OR) 2018 Student Score 87.38
#12 #12 Ohio State University-Main Campus Campus Location Columbus (and 2 others) 2018 Student Score 87.27
#13 #13 University of Arizona Campus Location Tucson (AZ) 2018 Student Score 86.59
#14 #14 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2018 Student Score 85.88
#15 #15 Iowa State University Campus Location Ames (IA) 2018 Student Score 85.79
#16 #16 Texas A & M University-Commerce Campus Location Commerce (TX) 2018 Student Score 85.33
#17 #17 University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Location Honolulu (HI) 2018 Student Score 85.28
#18 #18 California State University-Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2018 Student Score 85.19
#19 #19 The University of Texas at San Antonio Campus Location San Antonio (TX) 2018 Student Score 85.00
#20 #20 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2018 Student Score 84.90
#21 #21 University of Virginia - Main Campus Campus Location Charlottesville (VA) 2018 Student Score 84.69
#22 #22 University of Central Florida Campus Location Orlando (and 7 others) 2018 Student Score 84.28
#23 #23 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 84.00
#24 #24 Azusa Pacific University Campus Location Azusa (CA) 2018 Student Score 83.97
#25 #25 William Paterson University of New Jersey Campus Location Wayne (NJ) 2018 Student Score 83.95


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.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.