Iowa Graduate Schools with Degree Program Overviews

Aspiring graduate students in Iowa have more than thirty institutions to choose from. Here, you can use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to find a graduate school that meets your needs.

Graduate Schools in Iowa Near Large Cities

There are few institutions located in Iowa's largest cities. If you want to get your degree in a city setting, you may want to consider one of these five schools.

  • Drake University (Des Moines)
  • Grand View University (Des Moines)
  • Coe College (Cedar Rapids)
  • Saint Ambrose University (Davenport)
  • Briar Cliff University (Sioux City)

Largest Graduate Schools in Iowa

If you want to attend a graduate school with a large student body, there are three schools in Iowa that have over thirty thousand students. The next largest schools are small- to midsize institutions. Here are the five schools with the most students.

  • Kaplan University-Davenport (45,355 students)
  • Iowa State University (35,714 students)
  • University of Iowa (30,844 students)
  • University of Northern Iowa (11,981 students)
  • Drake University (4,991 students)

Lowest Graduate Tuition and Fees

Cost is a major determining factor for many students when it comes to choosing what graduate school to attend. The following schools all have graduate tuition and fees under $10,000 per year, according to NCES.

  • Iowa State University ($9,172 graduate tuition and fees, per year)
  • University of Northern Iowa ($9,219 graduate tuition and fees, per year)
  • Kaplan University- Des Moines ($9,240 graduate tuition and fees, per year)
  • Kaplan University- Mason ($9,240 graduate tuition and fees, per year)
  • University of Iowa ($9,630 graduate tuition and fees, per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rate can be an indicator of the academic quality of a school. The NCES determines this statistic based on the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finish their programs within 150% of the expected time. Based on data from students who finished in 2015, these were the graduate degree-offering schools in Iowa with the highest graduation rates.

  • Drake University (75%)
  • University of Iowa (72%)
  • Iowa State University (71%)
  • Loras College (70%)
  • Dordt College (69%)

In summary, aspiring graduate students in Iowa can use NCES data to help figure out where they want to pursue an advanced degree.

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