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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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Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University, located in Omaha, Nebraska, is a private institution founded in 1878. Creighton is a leading national Jesuit, Catholic university, offering sophisticated academic opportunities normally found at schools twice its size. Its campus is within walking distance of five Fortune 500 company headquarters, providing more business internships than they have students to fill them.

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Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

Butler University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a private institution founded in 1855. Undergraduates can choose from more than 60 majors, and there is also an Honors Program for highly motivated students. Butler offers study abroad programs in more than 40 countries, including a faculty-led program in Spain. Near campus is a trendy neighborhood with restaurants, shopping and nightspots.

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Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University, located in Des Moines, Iowa, is a private institution founded in 1881. Situated in Iowa’s capital city, the university is uniquely positioned to provide learning opportunities through partnerships with the city’s many businesses, schools, government and cultural activity. At least 60% of graduating Drake students has gained real-world experience through professional internships.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University, located in Peoria, Illinois, is a private institution founded in 1897. The university helps students make the most of their degrees through academic services such as the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, which advises students who want to start a business, and the Smith Career Center, which helps students with resumes, cover letters and interviews.

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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso University, located in Valparaiso, Indiana, is a private institution founded in 1859. An independent Lutheran university, Valparaiso belongs to a small group of institutions of higher education characterized by integration of liberal arts and professional studies. Situated jus an hour from Chicago, students can enjoy a vibrant culture of restaurants, nightclubs, shopping and museums.

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Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a private institution founded in 1831. It represents an institution of perfect balance: a place where challenging academics are enriched by strong community support and a city full of opportunities. Where modern facilities stand side by side with beautiful historic buildings. Where enduring Jesuit values are expressed through 21st-century means.

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John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll University, located in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH, is a private institution founded in 1886. As a Jesuit university, it inspires students to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. As evidence of its commitment to students, those who don’t graduate after four years are eligible for full tuition scholarship consideration for their fifth year.

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Drury University

Springfield, MO

Drury University, located in Springfield, Missouri, is a private institution founded in 1873. Drury has a tradition of liberal arts education, professional and personal development, and service to the Ozarks region. Through engaged learning in Drury’s core curriculum, students find opportunities to think critically in the classroom and gain experience in the community and around the world.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Missouri, is a public institution founded in 1867. Undergraduate students can choose from around 30 areas of study. Truman also helps students secure their post-college plans through the career center, which helps with resumes and interviews, and the Truman in Washington Program, which connects students with internships and alumni in Washington, D.C.

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University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, is a private institution founded in 1854. The Evansville campus offers around 80 areas of study, while their secondary campus, Harlaxton College, is in the United Kingdom. For the past 40 years, students have been able to spend a semester at the British campus, where they can study in Victorian mansions and learn about English culture.

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Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College, located in Elmhurst, Illinois, is a private institution founded in 1871. Elmhurst prepares students for professional life through first-hand experience with the professional world. Many liberal arts colleges are set in tiny towns – not Elmhurst. Its tranquil, classically beautiful campus is located near the heart of metropolitan Chicago, with all its exciting attractions.

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Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

Hamline University, located in St. Paul, Minn., is a private institution founded in 1854. Situated between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Hamline was the state’s first college. Students there can choose from around 50 areas of study, and can usually expect small classes. Outside the classroom, Hamline hosts about 60 organizations. Hamline also encourages students to study abroad in about 40 countries.

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St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

St. Catherine University, located in St. Paul, Minn., is a private institution founded in 1905. Home to the nation’s largest college for women, St. Catherine University serves diverse students with an innovative approach to learning and a faculty that has been recognized nationally for their commitment to teaching. Its setting is urban, and the campus size is 110 acres.

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Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, OH

Baldwin-Wallace College, located in Berea, Ohio, is a private institution founded in 1845. Undergraduates at Baldwin Wallace can choose from more than 50 academic programs to earn bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, science in education, music, and music in education. Baldwin-Wallace also hosts the annual three-day Bach Festival, which brings renowned musicians and speakers to campus.

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Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee School of Engineering, located in Milwaukee, Wisc., is a private institution founded in 1903. MSOE’s undergraduate bachelor’s programs are divided into six fields: architectural engineering and building construction, business, computer and software engineering and management information systems, engineering, engineering technology, and nursing and health.

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North Central College

Naperville, IL

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Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst University, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is a private institution founded in 1910. A Catholic university in the business and cultural heart of Kansas City, it educates undergraduate and graduate students, emphasizing “Learning, Leadership and Service in the Jesuit tradition.” Faculty work with students to identify and develop their gifts through leadership and service to others.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is a public institution founded in 1876. A small student/faculty ratio, challenging academic programs, internships and international opportunities all help foster students’ academic growth. University facilities include a world-class wellness recreation center and a performing arts center that enhance the quality of student life.

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Dominican University

River Forest, IL

Dominican University, located in River Forest, Illinois, is a private institution founded in 1901. Small by design, Dominican is rich in resources and opportunities. The average class size is less than 20, the student-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, and professors, not teaching assistants, teach all classes. They offer more than 50 academic majors, including several pre-professional programs.

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Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

Bethel University, located in St. Paul, Minn., is a private institution founded 1871. For all students, Bethel emphasizes a holistic education, with high quality academic programs, spiritual formation opportunities, and a supportive, developmental social environment within a Christian worldview. Standout undergraduate programs include art, physics, nursing, education, and business.

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Kettering University

Flint, MI

Kettering University, located in Flint, Michigan, is a private institution founded in 1919. It delivers a world-class education, which is nationally ranked with programs in engineering, mathematics, business and science, richly integrated with cooperative and experiential learning opportunities. Small classes and first-class labs provide hands-on education right from the first semester.

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Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

Otterbein College University, located in Westerville, Ohio, is a private institution founded in 1847. It is a church-related, coeducational college that sponsors traditional and continuing education programs of liberal arts and professional education at Baccalaureate and Master’s levels. Their mission is to educate the whole person in a context that fosters the development of humane values.

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Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN

Located at the crossroads of the Twin Cities’ most diverse neighborhoods, Augsburg College resides on 24 urban acres in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1869, this diverse, Lutheran college offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 areas of study, with community service and internship programs available to enhance the classroom learning experience.

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College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, MN

With a mission to provide students with intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work, St. Scholastica resides on 186 acres in Duluth, Minnesota. The college was founded in 1912, and today offers over 45 majors with students representing many states and countries. St. Scholastica also offers graduate degrees and online undergraduate degrees and certificates.

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Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Lewis is a private Catholic university on 376 acres in Romeoville, Illinois, 30 minutes southwest of Chicago. Founded in 1932, it offers 80 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs, small classes and personal attention. Premier programs include criminal/social justice, education, nursing and business. Lewis also has a highly regarded Department of Aviation with an on-site airport.

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