2017 Top Colleges for a Master's in Education

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Nineteen schools made our list of the top institutions offering master's degrees in education. Rankings were based on the reviews of current and former students. Among the schools that made our list are prestigious, well-known universities such as Harvard University, Boston University, and the Teachers College at Columbia University. Earning a master's degree in education can be expensive, however, there are some affordable options on our list. For instance, Azusa Pacific University has an annual tuition of just $12,409, and Texas State University costs $15,604 a year.

Our top-rated school is Harvard University, which earned a Student Score of 85.0, as well as a 100% recommendation rate. Though the cost of attendance is high, student reviews of the faculty, student community, and resources are all quite positive. As one student said, “The quality of the faculty is exceptional and the university's resources are a big plus.” Another remarked on the student community in the program: “The caliber of my fellow students is extremely high and it's exciting to take classes alongside them.” Click on the names of the colleges listed below to learn more about schools that made our list. Those interested in flexible education options should also check out the rankings of online graduate programs in education.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 85.00
#2 #2 University of South Florida - Main Campus Campus Location Tampa (FL) 2017 Student Score 83.31
#3 #3 Azusa Pacific University Campus Location Azusa (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.19
#4 #4 Florida State University Campus Location Tallahassee (FL) 2017 Student Score 83.03
#5 #5 California State University-Long Beach Campus Location Long Beach (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.00
#6 #6 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 82.91
#7 #7 University of Central Florida Campus Location Orlando (and 7 others) 2017 Student Score 82.77
#8 #8 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2017 Student Score 82.68
#9 #9 Teachers College at Columbia University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 81.61
#10 #10 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 79.93
#11 #11 Old Dominion University Campus Location Norfolk (VA) 2017 Student Score 79.90
#12 #12 Northern Arizona University Campus Location Flagstaff (AZ) 2017 Student Score 79.15
#13 #13 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 79.12
#14 #14 University of Georgia Campus Location Athens (GA) 2017 Student Score 78.27
#15 #15 George Mason University Campus Location Fairfax (VA) 2017 Student Score 77.99
#16 #16 Texas State University Campus Location San Marcos (TX) 2017 Student Score 77.82
#17 #17 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 77.81
#18 #18 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2017 Student Score 75.30
#19 #19 Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2017 Student Score 73.85


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 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major 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 your 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.