Masters Degree Programs in Texas with School Summaries

There are roughly 90 traditional colleges in Texas that offer master's degree programs. Read about how the largest schools perform in several categories to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

Public or private (non-profit) schools that offer multiple programs are considered 'traditional' schools, and in the state of Texas about 90 of those types of schools offer master's degree programs. This article looks at the largest four, all of which happen to be public colleges. The schools are compared to one another, and the top three are ranked in each of these four categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Graduate Tuition
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

A university with a broad range of programs can add to a graduate student's options while providing a richer experience and a diverse group of professors and fellow students. According to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), the following schools had the most program variety among the four largest graduate schools in Texas. A school's total enrollment is used as a tie-breaker where program numbers are very similar.

1. University of North Texas

Located in Denton, the University of North Texas offered about 200 study options to its students, which was the most of the compared schools. Both master's and doctoral-level degrees are offered to graduate students at this university in addition to undergraduate degrees.

2. Texas A&M University

Originally opened as an 'agricultural & mechanical' college, Texas A&M University in College Station had just over 170 programs available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels.

3. University of Texas at Austin

This Austin school had a very similar number of programs - around 170 - to offer. Both master's and doctoral degrees are available to graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lowest Graduate Tuition

A school's average graduate tuition cost is among the numbers reported by the NCES. When tuition levels differ based on a student's residency, in-state rates are used. Among the compared schools, the following colleges had the most affordable average graduate tuition for the 2013-14 academic year.

1. Texas A&M University - College Station

On average, graduate students paid $5,437 at Texas A&M, which was the lowest of the four largest schools. Out-of-state students paid more than double to attend.

2. University of North Texas

The average graduate tuition at University of North Texas was $5,450, just a few dollars more than the first place school in this category. Here, too, students without Texas residency paid roughly double that amount.

3. University of Houston

Finally, this large university in Houston took the third-place slot for affordability with a graduate tuition of $8,694 for in-state students.

Highest Graduation Rate

Although graduation rate statistics are based upon undergraduate students, this figure provides a window into a school's performance in terms of enabling students to succeed. The following schools had the best track record for full-time first-time bachelor's degree students who enrolled in 2007 and completed their degree within 150% of the normal time, per the NCES. Again, a school's total enrollment is used to break a tie.

1. Texas A&M University - College Station

The graduation rate at Texas A&M was 79% (a percentage shared by the #2 school in this category); the school had a total enrollment of nearly 56,000. Additionally, the school has a strong retention rate figure of 91% based on full-time undergraduate students who began in 2012 and returned for their second year in 2013.

2. University of Texas at Austin

Here, too, the graduation rate was 79%, but the student body of about 52,000 was smaller than the first-place college. This school's retention rate was 94%.

3. University of North Texas

The graduation rate of 50% at the University of North Texas puts this school in the third position for this category; the retention rate here was 75% between 2012 and 2013.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Students who attend very large schools like the ones compared for this article may want to use the student-faculty ratio as a gauge for the possibility of participation and interactions with professors. Ratios and instructional faculty figures used for this category are from the NCES for the 2013-14 academic year.

1. University of Texas at Austin

A faculty of nearly 2,800 full-time and 300 part-time teachers gives this school a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, the lowest among the the largest Texas graduate schools.

2. University of Houston

This school had a faculty of about 1,300 full-time and nearly 200 part-time instructors and professors, giving it a student-faculty ratio of 22:1 for the 40,000 or so students who attend here.

3. Texas A&M University - College Station

The large number of teachers here - nearly 2,500 full-time and 300 part-time - results in a student-faculty ratio of 23:1, the third lowest of the compared schools.

Largest Texas Graduate Schools at Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #1 for Graduate Tuition, #1 for Graduation Rate, #2 in Program Variety, #3 in Student-Faculty Ratio
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificates #1 in Student-Faculty Ratio, #2 in Graduation Rate, #3 in Program Variety
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #2 in Student-Faculty Ratio, #3 in Graduate Tuition
University of North Texas Denton, TX 4-year public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificates #1 in Program Variety, #2 in Graduate Tuition, #3 in Graduation Rate

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