Masters Programs in Illinois: Degree Program and School Overviews

There are 89 schools offering master's degrees or graduate-level programs within Illinois. Compare statistics for some of these institutions, such as their graduation rates and student populations, to find the school for you.

Discover schools with graduate programs in Illinois. Gain knowledge pertaining to certain schools, including their graduation rates, student populations, and tuition and fees, with amounts from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Illinois Graduate Schools Near Large Cities

The city of Chicago by itself has a number of schools offering advanced degrees. For those looking to study in a major city, consider the following options:

  • Chicago State University (located in Chicago)
  • Columbia College-Chicago (located in Chicago)
  • DePaul University (located in Chicago)
  • University of Chicago (located in Chicago)
  • Aurora University (located in Aurora)

Largest Graduate Schools in Illinois

Some of the largest schools in Illinois have an average of over 28,000 students are located in the cities of Chicago, Champaign, Evanston and Normal. For those interested in pursuing graduate studies in a large school, look further into the following institutions:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (45,842 students)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (29,048 students)
  • DePaul University (23,539 students)
  • Northwestern University (21,655 students)
  • Illinois State University (20,760 students)

Lowest Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees account for the cost of attending a school, but do not include book costs and living expenses.

  • Chicago State University ($5,382 in-state, $10,314 out-of-state, $2,938 in fees)
  • Northeastern Illinois University ($5,904 in-state, $11,808 out-of-state, $1,283 in fees)
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville ($6,544 in-state, $12,830 out-of-state, $1,696 in fees)
  • Eastern Illinois University ($6,840 in-state, $16,416 out-of-state; $2,621 in fees)
  • National Louis University ($10,224 plus $593 in fees)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES counts the number of full-time undergraduates who complete their program in 150% of the typical time frame in order to find graduation rates. Two universities had rates greater than 90% for students who started in the fall of 2009. Both of those institutions had graduate student populations exceeding 5,500 in 2015.

  • Northwestern University (93% graduation rate)
  • University of Chicago (92% graduation rate)
  • Wheaton College (89% graduation rate)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (85% graduation rate)
  • Loyola University Chicago (74% graduation rate)

If you are looking to pursue an education at the graduate level in the state of Illinois, there are numerous options to consider with robust graduation rates, large student populations, and reasonable prices.

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