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Graduate Programs in Florida: Overview of Program Offerings

There are over 80 public and private not-for-profit schools within Florida offering graduate programs. Read about the top schools in several categories to find the school for you.

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Graduate students wishing to study in Florida have many options through a variety of public and private not-for-profit schools. Discover which Florida state schools are closest to large cities, which schools in Florida are the largest, which schools have the lowest net-price, and which schools have the highest graduation rate according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Florida State Schools Near Large Cities

If you are interested in attending a Florida state school near a large city, there are many different options to consider. Gainesville, Tampa, and Jacksonville are some of the largest cities in Florida, and offer a variety of schools who provide graduate degree programs. If proximity to a city is one of your main considerations, the following schools may be options for you:

  • The University of Florida - Gainesville
  • The University of North Florida- Jacksonville
  • The University of South Florida - Tampa
  • Argosy University - Tampa
  • Everest University - Tampa or Jacksonville

Largest Florida Schools

Florida is home to some schools that provide a city-like feel with their large student populations. If you love the idea of attending a large school, consider these Florida schools:

  • The University of Central Florida (60,767 students; 52,671 undergraduates)
  • Florida International University (49,610 students; 41,009 undergraduates)
  • University of Florida (49,459 students; 32,829 undergraduates)
  • University of South Florida - Main Campus (41,938 students; 31,067 undergraduates)
  • Florida State (41,226 students; 32,948 undergraduates)

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Schools with the Lowest Net Price

The cost of earning a graduate degree is an important factor for many students to consider. NCES publishes average graduate tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students in 2013-2014 for ease of comparison. The following three schools were the most affordable among this group of five universities.

  • University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee ($5,324 per year)
  • The University of West Florida ($10,282 per year)
  • The Baptist College of Florida ($10,360 per year)
  • The University of South Florida - St Petersburg ($10,461 per year)
  • Florida International University ($11,326 per year)

Schools with the Highest Graduation Rate

NCES calculates graduation rates that may be helpful in determining how satisfied former students have been with their experience at a school. If you are concerned with student satisfaction, these five schools have the highest graduation rates in the state of Florida:

  • Argosy University-Tampa (100%)
  • University of Florida (87%)
  • University of Miami (82%)
  • Florida State University (79%)
  • University of Central Florida (70%)

Whether you would like to be close to a large city, attend a school with a large student population, are concerned with the total cost of attending a school, or would like to attend a school with a high graduation rate, you have many options to consider in the state of Florida.

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