Graduate Schools in Washington DC with Program Summaries

Washington DC is home to about 18 private and public graduate schools. Compare these schools using statistics from the NCES to help you determine which Washington DC area school might be right for you.

Some of the country's top-ranked institutions of higher learning can be found in Washington DC. There are varied graduate and professional schools to choose from including law and medical schools, theology seminaries, and master's and doctoral programs in traditional academic disciplines. Use National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data to review evaluation categories such as proximity to Washington DC, school size, cost, and graduation rate and to help you make an informed selection.

Graduate Schools Closest to Washington DC

For students who value proximity to the city, Washington DC has many graduate school options from which to choose. There are nine graduate schools within a 3-mile radius that are easily accessible via public transportation, a short drive, or even a brisk walk! Below are five Washington DC area schools offering traditional, academic graduate programs:

  • University of Phoenix-Washington DC (downtown Washington)
  • Strayer University - District of Columbia (0.7 miles)
  • Strayer University - Global Region (0.7 miles)
  • University of the Potomac-Washington DC Campus (0.7 miles)
  • Howard University (0.9 miles)

Largest Graduate Schools Near Washington DC

Large schools are often a preferred option because of their wide array of academic and extracurricular offerings. There are several large schools near Washington DC, four of which have student bodies of more than 10,000. One exceeds 26,000. Below are the five largest private institutions schools near Washington DC:

  • George Washington University (26,212 students)
  • Georgetown University (18,549 students)
  • American University (13,198 students)
  • Howard University (10,002 students)
  • Strayer University - Global Region (7,193)

Lowest Net Price

The majority of graduate universities in the District of Columbia are private schools, and cost of attendance varies with school and program type. The five schools listed below had the lowest net prices in 2014-2015 among the 18 schools in the city, based on averages reported by the NCES. Note that net price applies only to full-time undergraduates, not graduate students, but prospective graduate students can use the data to help draw conclusions about costs of the various schools they are considering.

  • Gallaudet University ($15,196)
  • Trinity Washington University ($15,852)
  • University of the District of Columbia ($17,676)
  • University of the Potomac-Washington DC Campus ($19,407)
  • University of Phoenix-Washington DC ($20,059)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rate is a good indicator of a school's performance with regards to developing and retaining students. NCES looks at rates of completion of an undergraduate bachelor's degree program within six years of initial enrollment. For 2015, the following five schools in the DC area had the highest graduation rates:

  • Georgetown University (94%)
  • George Washington University (83%)
  • American University (81%)
  • Catholic University of America (69%)
  • Howard University (61%)

With so many highly reputable schools in the Washington, DC area, it is imperative that students weigh NCES data on graduation rate, cost, size, and proximity to the city, so their decisions can be well informed.

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