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Master’s Degrees in General Education

19,995 Yearly Graduations
$48,700 Median Salary
$27,917 Median Debt
There are 408 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in education. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 30% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 3.3% of education graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Education Majors

In 2018-2019, 19,995 master's degrees were awarded to education majors. This makes it the 3rd most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in education at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 19,995
Bachelor’s Degree 4,523
Doctor’s Degree 2,518
Associate’s Degree 2,187
Graduate Certificate 1,224
Basic Certificate 507
Undergraduate Certificate 112

Earnings of Education Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in education is $48,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $43,000 to a high of $54,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in education is $27,917. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $34,167 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,500.

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The median monthly payment of a education graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $325.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in education. About 78.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 4,297
Women 15,698
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Education

The racial-ethnic distribution of education master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 896
Black or African American 1,668
Hispanic or Latino 2,811
White 11,832
International Students 650
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,138
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Education Master's Degree Students

There are 408 colleges that offer a master’s degree in education. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,450 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for education majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 48,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,450 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at Walden University. Of these students, 87% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
620 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The education program at Harvard University awarded 620 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

National University

La Jolla, California
592 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is National University. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 592 people received their master's degree in education from National University. Of these students, 75% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
583 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in education. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 583 people received their master's degree in education from Johns Hopkins. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#5

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
515 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 515 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at Grand Canyon University. About 85% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
419 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Azusa Pacific University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Each year, around 9,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,592 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 419 people received their master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific. About 75% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Ashford University

San Diego, California
378 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 32,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 378 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at Ashford University. Of these students, 90% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
291 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 11,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,983 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 291 people received their master's degree in education from Northcentral University. About 69% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

286 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Each year, around 5,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,050 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,180 per year.

The education program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota awarded 286 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 4% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
277 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is San Jose State University. Each year, around 36,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 277 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at San Jose State. Of these students, 86% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California
275 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Fullerton. Roughly 40,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The education program at California State University - Fullerton awarded 275 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#12

Concordia University, Texas

Lakeway, Texas
270 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Concordia University, Texas is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,960 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,890 per year.

The education program at Concordia University, Texas awarded 270 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#13

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
268 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Purdue University - Main Campus. Each year, around 45,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 people received their master's degree in education from Purdue. Of these students, 76% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
257 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

James Madison University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in education. Roughly 21,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,250 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,848 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 257 people received their master's degree in education from JMU. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#15

California Baptist University

Riverside, California
255 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Baptist University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in education. Roughly 11,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,942 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,830 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 255 people received their master's degree in education from Cal Baptist. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

243 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 243 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at Ohio State. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

235 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Fresno. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 235 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at Fresno State. Of these students, 70% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
206 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in education. Each year, around 44,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The education program at University of California - Los Angeles awarded 206 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 73% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#19

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
204 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland State University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in education. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 204 people received their master's degree in education from Portland State University. Of these students, 66% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut
201 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sacred Heart University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in education. Each year, around 9,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,427 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 201 master's degrees were handed out to education majors at Sacred Heart. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

Education Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Education 19,995

Below are some popular majors that are similar to education that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 27,762
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25,769
Special Education 18,013
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17,465
Curriculum & Instruction 16,093

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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