Top-Ranked Masters Degree Programs in Midwestern U.S.

Top-ranked Master's degree programs at universities in the Midwestern U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Universities - Midwest, offer a wide variety of master's programs to their graduates. However, most do not offer doctoral degree programs. Let U.S. News University Directory help you find the best master's degree program for you.

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Concordia University Chicago

River Forest, IL

Located 10 miles from downtown Chicago in suburban River Forest, Illinois, Concordia University is a private, liberal arts-based university. Founded in 1864 and affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the university offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees. Concordia is co-educational, and a NCAA Division III university.

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Minnesota State University--Mankato

Mankato, MN

Founded in 1868, Minnesota State Mankato is a public university on 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. It offers 140 undergraduate programs, including 17 pre-professional majors in agriculture, engineering, forestry, law, medicine, mortuary science, theology, veterinary medicine and more. Its 80 graduate programs include four applied doctorates.

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University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

A public institution founded in 1871, University of Central Missouri is situated on 1,561 rural acres in Warrensburg, Missouri. The university offers 150 programs, including associate's, bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees, as well as cooperative doctorates and certificates. UCM students can also choose from 255 student organizations, 58 intramural and nine club sports.

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University of Wisconsin--Green Bay

Green Bay, WI

A public institution founded in 1965, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay resides on 700 suburban acres in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 40 majors and minors. Each year, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay students can choose from approximately 100 clubs and organizations representing a wide range of interests.

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University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh

Oshkosh, WI

A public institution founded in 1871, University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh is situated on 166 urban acres in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The university offers 60 undergraduate majors,17 master’s degree programs and one doctorate program. In addition, University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh students can participate in more than 160 clubs and organizations, and 40 intramural sports annually.

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Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

Wayne State College, founded in 1909, is a public school located in Wayne, Neb. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, education, arts and sciences, and pre-professional studies. The school features the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy, the nation's first of its kind, and the Rural Health Opportunities Program for health professions. The most popular undergraduate programs include business administration, elementary education, criminal justice and industrial technology.

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Marian University

Fond du Lac, WI

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University of Wisconsin--Platteville

Platteville, WI

A public institution founded in 1866, University of Wisconsin—Platteville is situated on 820 rural acres in Platteville, Wisconsin. The university offers associate’s, bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of disciplines, as well as post-bachelor's certificates. University of Wisconsin—Platteville is home to over 150 student clubs and organizations.

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Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

Founded in 1849 and located spanning 460 acres in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Eastern Michigan University is committed to excellence in teaching, extension of knowledge and creative expression. The university offers more than 200 majors, including business, education and health. Students can join any of the more than 300 campus organizations, and can cheer on the Eagles, Eastern’s NCAA Division I team.

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Fontbonne University

St. Louis, MO

A private Catholic institution founded in 1923, Fontbonne University resides on 16 suburban acres in St. Louis, Missouri. At Fontbonne, education and caring co-exist with students and faculty considering themselves the “Fontbonne Family.” 35 majors, 18 minors and 15 master’s programs are available, with the most popular degrees being business, education, behavior studies and speech communication.

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Northern Michigan University

Marquette, MI

Founded in 1899, Northern Michigan is a public university in Marquette, Michigan, minutes from Lake Superior. The 360-acre campus offers 128 undergraduate majors, 11 pre-professional programs and 28 graduate degrees. Unique offerings include zoology, ski area business management, and furniture design. Full-time students receive a ThinkPad or iBook as part of tuition.

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Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, OH

Ohio Dominican is private Catholic liberal arts university on more than 75 scenic acres in the state capitol of Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1911, Ohio Dominican offers 55 undergraduate majors and seven graduate programs, plus pre-professional programs for medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physician assistant and law. Small classes foster dialogue and guidance from faculty.

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Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg State is a public university founded in 1903. Its 600-acre campus in Pittsburg, Kansas (two hours from Tulsa, Oklahoma) boasts a small student to faculty ratio and competitive flat-rate tuition for 10 credit hours or more. It offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Technology.

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Rockford University

Rockford, IL

Founded in 1847, Rockford is a small, private liberal arts college with more than 150 beautiful park-like acres in the heart of Rockford, one of the largest cities in Illinois. Less than 90 minutes from Chicago and Milwaukee, the college offers more than 80 majors, minors and programs, including seven pre-professional programs and two master’s degrees in business and teaching.

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William Woods University

Fulton, MO

A private university founded in 1870, William Woods University is located on 170 acres in rural Fulton, Mo. The university is affiliated with the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. The liberal arts school is "profession oriented," and among its best-known programs is an equestrian studies program and an American Sign Language Interpreteting program. The school also offers accelerated degrees through its Graduate and Professional Studies cohort program.

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Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

Southeast Missouri State is a public university founded in 1873. Located on 400 acres in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, it offers more than 200 programs –including 10 pre-professional programs for architecture, chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary. Southeast also offers 55 master’s and a doctorate.

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University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne, IN

Founded in 1890, the University of St. Francis is a private institution residing on 118 urban acres in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The school is rooted in the Franciscan Catholic tradition and is known for its commitment to liberal arts education. The University of St. Francis Cougars compete in the Crossroads League of NIAA Division I athletics.

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University of Wisconsin--Superior

Superior, WI

A public institution founded in 1893, University of Wisconsin—Superior is situated on 125 city acres in Superior, Wisconsin. The university offers more than 30 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs, and several pre-professional and professional education certification programs. University of Wisconsin—Superior students can participate in more than 60 registered organizations and clubs.

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Washburn University

Topeka, KS

A public school founded in 1865, Washburn University is located on 160 acres in Topeka, the capital city of Kansas. The school features more than 200 academic programs through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of applied studies, business, law and nursing. The school also supports 100 on-campus clubs and organizations.

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Madonna University

Livonia, MI

Founded in 1937, Madonna is one of the largest private Catholic universities in the country. Located on 49-acres in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan, it offers a strong liberal arts foundation, solid career preparation and small classes with personal attention. Madonna has more than 100 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including a doctor of nursing practice program.

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Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

A public institution founded in 1919, Bemidji State University resides on nearly 90 rural acres on the western shore of Minnesota’s Lake Bemidji. The university is committed to environmental stewardship, community service and global understanding. From challenging academics to intramural sports, BSU encourages students to be “bold, real, innovative, creative, global, aware, successful and more!”

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Concordia University--St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

Since its founding in 1893, Concordia University has been preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives through responsive, relevant and real education. A comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, Concordia spans over 40 acres in Minnesota’s capital city of St. Paul. Nearly 50 liberal arts majors are offered, and 15 NCAA Division II sports are available for men and women.

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