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List of Masters Programs Offered by U.S. Colleges and Universities

Most college and universities offer some master's degree programs, either through a graduate college or through individual colleges and departments. Master's degree programs are available in almost any subject. When choosing a college or university for a master's degree, students typically evaluate the fields offered, class size, tuition and available financial assistance.

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How to Select a Master's Degree Program and School

The specific subject areas and degree programs available at a given school will impact a student's choice of university. Common master's degree programs culminate in Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Divinity and Master of Education degrees. There are far too many master's degrees to list them all, but some examples of popular master's programs include:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Communication

While master's degrees are offered in most of the same areas in which a bachelor's degree is available, that doesn't mean all universities offer master's degrees in all of these fields. Students should ensure that a school not only offers programs in their chosen field, but at the level they desire.

When choosing a school for a master's degree, tuition is a factor that impacts many students' choices. Tuition for credits towards a master's degree is often more expensive than for an undergraduate degree. Students pursuing a degree at an out-of-state or private college will face higher tuition costs than those seeking a degree at a public, in-state university.

Many students seek financial assistance to meet their tuition costs; financial assistance can take the form of loans, grants, assistantships and teaching positions. A school's types of financial aid and ability to provide it can influence a student's choice of master's program. Class size is a consideration when choosing a master's program as well. Although material and instruction style vary by field, most courses in graduate school tend to have fewer students. Many students find that smaller class sizes allow more personalized attention and feedback that is critical for successfully completing their master's program.

Even master's programs in the same field may vary from school to school. For instance, some universities may offer thesis and non-thesis versions of the same program. Students may wish to compare school programs to see what unique options and opportunities they may offer, including internships, special projects and study abroad.

Largest Universities by Student Enrollment

College/UniversityStudent PopulationInstitution Type
Arizona State University67,0824-year, Public
Ohio State University53,7154-year, Public
University of Florida51,4744-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities51,1404-year, Public
University of Central Florida50,1214-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin49,9844-year, Public
Texas A & M University48,0394-year, Public
Michigan State University46,5104-year, Public
University of South Florida46,1894-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University44,4064-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign43,2464-year, Public
New York University42,1894-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Wisconsin-Madison41,6204-year, Public
Purdue University-Main Campus41,4334-year, Public
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor41,0284-year, Public
Indiana University-Bloomington40,3544-year, Public
University of Washington-Seattle Campus39,6754-year, Public
Florida International University38,7594-year, Public
Florida State University38,6824-year, Public
University of California-Los Angeles38,2204-year, Public
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