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Florida Graduate Schools Overview

There are more than 50 public and private nonprofit colleges and universities within Florida with graduate schools. See how these institutions stack up against each other to find the school for you.

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We review for your benefit some of the public and private non-profit universities in Florida offering graduate schools. Students can pursue master's degrees or post-master's certificates. In addition, doctoral research and professional degrees are also available at these institutions. The schools are organized into four categories based on affordability, location, student enrollment and location, according to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Florida Graduate Schools Near Large Cities

Florida offers students the chance to earn their graduate degree at cities across the state. The schools near large cities are 4-year schools offering master's degree programs and post-graduate certifications.

  • Everest University-Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
  • Everest University-Tampa (Tampa)
  • Jacksonville University (Jacksonville)
  • The University of Tampa (Tampa)
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville)

Largest Schools in Florida

Florida is home to some very large institutions with student enrollments of more than 40,000 students, as of the fall in 2015. The public schools in the state offer students the largest institutions at which they can attend graduate programs.

  • University of Central Florida (62,953 students)
  • University of Florida (50,645 students)
  • Florida International University (49,782 students)
  • University of South Florida-Main Campus (42,067 students)
  • Florida State University (40,830 students)

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Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

Using the NCES's data for 2015-2016 graduate tuitions, there are a number of schools in Florida with graduate programs that aren't outlandishly expensive. These 5 have tuition & fees under $8,000.

  • University of Fort Lauderdale ($6,570)
  • Warner University ($6,595)
  • Florida Atlantic University ($6,657 in-state; 17,885 out-of-state)
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando ($7,405)
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami ($7,695)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES also provides details about graduation rates. Though this data is specific to undergraduate students, it provides insight into the overall focus on timely program completion. The following figures account for first-time bachelor's degree seekers who began their studies in 2009 and earned their degree within six years.

  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami (100%)
  • University of Florida (87% graduation rate)
  • University of Miami (82% graduation rate)
  • Florida State University (79% graduation rate)
  • Rollins College (71% graduation rate)

The four categories present a variety of public and private non-profit institutions that offer graduate degree programs to graduate students, in order to help you make a decision as to which school is best suited for you.

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