Master's degrees are available at many traditional public or private not-for-profit colleges in Maryland. Using information from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), consider these four evaluation factors when looking at graduate programs in Maryland; proximity to large cities, student population, cost, and graduation rates.
Maryland Graduate Schools Near Large Cities
Two of the largest cities in Maryland are Baltimore, on the eastern part of state, and Frederick, on the western side. Below are the graduate colleges and universities that are closest to these two cities.
- Hood College (downtown Frederick)
- University of Baltimore (0.8 miles from Baltimore)
- University of Maryland, Baltimore (0.8 miles from Baltimore)
- Maryland Institute College of Art (1.8 miles from Baltimore)
- Johns Hopkins University (2.1 miles from Baltimore)
Largest Schools in Maryland
Size of the student body is another evaluation criterion that many consider as it can add to the school experience. Below are the top 5 largest schools in Maryland, ranging from 14,000 to 48,000 total students.
- University of Maryland-University College (47,906 total students)
- University of Maryland-College Park (37,610 total students)
- Towson University (22,285 total students)
- Johns Hopkins University (21,372 total students)
- University of Maryland-Baltimore County (13,979 total students)
Lowest Net Price
The multitude of statistics provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) includes average net price for undergraduate students at colleges in the U.S. While these figures don't apply to graduate students, schools with a low net price for undergraduates often have comparatively low graduation tuition as well:
- Coppin State University ($6,840 in-district, $7,110 in-state)
- Bowie State University ($8,956 in-state)
- University of Maryland-University College ($8,514 in-state)
- Frostburg State University ($9,234 in-state)
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore ($7,540 in-state)
Although a school's graduation rate as reported by the NCES is based on undergraduate students, the figure speaks to a school's ability to help students succeed with their goals. Graduation rates reflect students who enrolled full-time to pursue a bachelor's degree, and then completed that degree within six years (or 150% of the normal 4-year timeframe).
- Johns Hopkins University (94% graduation rate)
- University of Maryland-College Park (86% graduation rate)
- Loyola University Maryland (81% graduation rate)
- St Mary's College of Maryland (78% graduation rate)
- Washington College (75% graduation rate)
These evaluation factors give prospective graduate students in the state of Maryland plenty of food for thought when looking into master's programs.