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2022 Best Education Master's Degree Schools

1,051 Colleges in the United States
151,132 Master's Degrees
Education is of the hottest master's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #2 most popular major in the country. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 1,051 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Education Master's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 151,132 master's degrees in education during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Education School for Your Master's Degree

Best Education Master's Degree Schools The education master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 6% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 74 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their master's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to education students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other education students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt education students go into to obtain their master's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized education related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for education students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Education Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Education in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for education students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Master's in Education

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
1,307 Annual Graduates

Relay Graduate School of Education is a good option for students pursuing a master's degree in education. Located in the city of New York, Relay Graduate School of Education is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 1307 education students who graduated with this degree at Relay Graduate School of Education in the most recent data year.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
26th Most Popular In CA
169 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in education needs to check out Stanford University. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #2 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

Stanford University is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States with about 169 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
691 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Harvard University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in education. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 691 education students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
669 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in education needs to look into Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 669 education individuals who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
46th Most Popular In PA
37 Annual Graduates

LECOM is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Erie.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the most popular colleges to study education in the United States with about 37 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In IL
74 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

A favorite major for education students, there were roughly 74 learners who graduated from this program at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
29th Most Popular In IL
37 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

A popular major for education students, there were approximately 37 students who completed this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In PA
474 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #11 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 474 education individuals who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
80th Most Popular In NY
4 Annual Graduates

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #25 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

With 4 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Colgate University is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
622 Annual Graduates

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 622 education students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in education from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
57th Most Popular In CA
62 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Claremont, Claremont Graduate University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 27th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

Claremont Graduate University is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States with approximately 62 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
815 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 4th out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 815 education individuals who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in education from Teachers College at Columbia University

#13

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
31st Most Popular In CA
123 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 9th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

Santa Clara University is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States with about 123 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#14

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In NY
550 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 550 education individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In NY
186 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Bank Street College of Education is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

With 186 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Bank Street College of Education is one of the most popular colleges to study education in the United States.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In CA
176 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #27 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

With 176 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent data year, University of California - Los Angeles is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States.

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#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
272 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 29 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were about 272 education individuals who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#18

Alfred University

Alfred, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In NY
154 Annual Graduates

Located in the remote town of Alfred, Alfred is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 21st out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of New York.

Alfred University is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States with approximately 154 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#19

Duke University

Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In NC
28 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

Duke University is one of the most popular universities to study education in the United States with about 28 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#20

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In NC
115 Annual Graduates

Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 4th out of 41 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 115 education students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Brown University

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In RI
25 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 25 education individuals who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33rd Most Popular In CA
130 Annual Graduates

UC Irvine is a very large public university located in the city of Irvine. This university ranks 21st out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

University of California - Irvine is a fairly popular university to study education in the United States with about 130 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#23

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MA
573 Annual Graduates

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 8th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 573 education individuals who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

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#24

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In VA
351 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 35 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 351 education individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#25

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In MA
211 Annual Graduates

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 7th out of 49 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 211 education individuals who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Education Master's Degree Schools

#25

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#26

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#28

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#30

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#31

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

#33

Erikson Institute

Chicago, IL
#34

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
#35

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#37

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#38

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

#41

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

#42

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#43

American University

Washington, DC
#44

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
#45

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#47

Providence College

Providence, RI
#48

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Education Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1051 different United States education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
51 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
52 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
53 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
54 Drake University Des Moines, IA
55 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
56 Hunter College New York, NY
57 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
58 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
59 Elon University Elon, NC
60 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
61 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
62 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
63 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
64 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
65 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
66 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
67 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
68 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
69 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
70 Fordham University Bronx, NY
71 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
72 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
73 University of Georgia Athens, GA
74 Pace University - New York New York, NY
75 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
76 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
77 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
78 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
79 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
80 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
81 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
82 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
83 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
84 Northeastern University Boston, MA
85 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
86 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
87 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
88 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
89 Martin Luther College New Ulm, MN
90 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
91 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
92 University of Delaware Newark, DE
93 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
94 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
95 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
96 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
97 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
98 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
99 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
100 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
101 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
102 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
103 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
104 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
105 Endicott College Beverly, MA
106 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
107 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
108 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
109 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
110 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
111 The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY
112 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
113 University of St. Thomas Houston, TX
114 Lehman College Bronx, NY
115 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
116 Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA
117 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
118 The City College of New York New York, NY
119 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
120 National University La Jolla, CA
121 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
122 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
123 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
124 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
125 Towson University Towson, MD
126 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
127 Creighton University Omaha, NE
128 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
129 Chapman University Orange, CA
130 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
131 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
132 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
133 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
134 Queens College Queens, NY
135 Ball State University Muncie, IN
136 Touro College New York, NY
137 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
138 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
139 Alliant International University San Diego, CA
140 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
141 Washington State University Pullman, WA
142 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
143 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
144 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
145 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
146 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
147 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
148 Clemson University Clemson, SC
149 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
150 University of New England Biddeford, ME
151 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
152 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
153 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
154 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
155 Assumption University Worcester, MA
156 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
157 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Education Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
158 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
159 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
160 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
161 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
162 University of Portland Portland, OR
163 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
164 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
165 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
166 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
167 Stonehill College Easton, MA
168 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
169 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
170 Concordia College - New York Bronxville, NY
171 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
172 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
173 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
174 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
175 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
176 University of Jamestown Jamestown, ND
177 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
178 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
179 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
180 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
181 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
182 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
183 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
184 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
185 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
186 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
187 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
188 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
189 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
190 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
191 Iowa State University Ames, IA
192 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
193 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
194 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
195 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
196 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
197 Goucher College Baltimore, MD
198 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
199 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
200 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
201 Simmons University Boston, MA
202 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
203 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
204 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
205 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
206 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
207 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
208 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
209 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
210 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Educational Administration 28,194
Teacher Education Grade Specific 26,246
Special Education 19,550
General Education 18,793
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16,775
Curriculum & Instruction 15,283
Student Counseling 12,643
Instructional Media Design 6,191
Teaching English or French 3,473
Other Education 2,066

Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 30,283
Social Sciences 16,724
Communication & Journalism 10,736
Library Science 4,965
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,282
History 3,202
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 1,546

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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