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.

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)

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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