Top Master's Degree Programs in the Northern U.S

Master's degree programs and universities in the Northern U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Universities - North, offer a wide variety of educational programs and award master's degrees to their graduates. However, most do not offer doctorate degree programs. Use our directory to help you find your ideal master's degree online or on-campus in the Northern U.S.

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University, situated on 260 suburban acres in Villanova, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1842. The school is named for the Spanish Augustinian St. Thomas of Villanova. Villanova University offers degrees in a variety of disciplines through its four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing.

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Providence College

Providence, RI

Founded in 1917, Providence College is a private institution residing on 105 suburban acres in Providence, Rhode Island. The school is rooted in Roman Catholic tradition and is the only college in the country operated by Dominican Friars. The Providence College sports teams – appropriately called The Friars – compete primarily in the Big East Conference of NCAA Division I.

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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Founded in 1917, Bentley University is a private institution residing on 163 suburban acres in Waltham, Massachusetts. A national leader in business education, the school offers an unparalleled fusion of business and the arts and sciences that allows students to truly customize their learning. Bentley University has 23 varsity teams in NCAA Divisions I and II athletics.

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College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ

A private institution founded in 1855, The College of New Jersey resides on 289 suburban acres in Ewing, New Jersey. The school offers nearly 40 undergraduate programs and more than 150 student organizations. The College of New Jersey Lions intercollegiate sports teams compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

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Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

Loyola University Maryland, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is a private institution founded in 1852. Academic programs are organized into three schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management. Its Catholic, Jesuit tradition is exemplified by a thriving program of community service in Baltimore and beyond to help the disadvantaged.

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Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University, located in Fairfield, Conn., is a private institution founded in 1942. At Fairfield, students can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors or more than 35 advanced degrees, including those in the Dolan School of Business or the nursing school. Fairfield encourages students to explore the arts by bringing numerous performers to campus each year.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

A private institution founded in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) resides on 1,300 suburban acres in Rochester, New York. The school offers exceptional programs in art and design, business, liberal arts, science and technology. RIT is also home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, providing educational opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

The University of Scranton, situated on 58 urban acres in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1888. Rooted in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, the school offers 61 undergraduate programs, 45 minors, 25 master's degree programs and a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Every year, Scranton selects about 50 of the most qualified freshmen to join the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program.

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Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College, located in Ithaca, New York, is a private institution founded in 1892. Situated in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region in one of the nation’s top college towns, Ithaca offers a first-rate education on a first-name basis. With an intimate student-faculty ratio and a focus on active learning and involvement, Ithaca is the perfect place to prepare for a lifetime of success.

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Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College, located in Boston, Mass., is a private institution founded in 1880. Emerson is an urban school that focuses on writing, communications, and the liberal arts. The school offers unique majors, including Writing, Literature and Publishing and Political Communication: Leadership, Politics and Social Advocacy. Freshman and sophomores must live on campus, which is near Boston Common.

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Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

A private institution founded in 1863, Bryant University resides on 420 suburban acres in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The school has internships and recruiting partnerships with 300-plus companies and offers 80 student clubs and organizations. The Bryant University Bulldogs compete in Northeast Conference NCAA Division I athletics.

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University, situated on 600 suburban acres in Hamden, Connecticut, was founded in 1929. The school offers students more than 50 undergraduate programs and 20 graduate degrees. Quinnipiac University also has over 70 student organizations, and the Quinnipiac Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference.

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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is a private institution founded in 1929. Marist students often benefit from the school’s special relationship with IBM. For decades, the IBM staff has worked with Marist students to brainstorm and try innovative technologies. One product of this partnership is the college’s Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Library and Museum website.

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Geneseo, NY

SUNY—Geneseo, located in Geneseo, New York, is a public institution founded in 1871. SUNY College at Geneseo, nationally recognized as a center of excellence in undergraduate education, combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment. The entire college community works together to develop socially responsible citizens.

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St. Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, PA

St. Joseph's University, located in Philadelphia, Penn., is a private institution founded in 1851.This nationally recognized Catholic, Jesuit university has advanced the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a rigorous Jesuit education – one that demands high achievement, expands knowledge, deepens understanding and stresses effective reasoning and communications.

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Simmons College

Boston, MA

A private institution founded in 1899, Simmons College resides on 12 urban acres in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers more than 50 undergraduate majors that are open only to women, though both genders can attend graduate school at Simmons. The Simmons Sharks compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

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Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College, located in Riverdale, New York, is a private Catholic institution founded in 1853. At Manhattan, students can make the most of their studies by visiting the career center, which offers a seminar to freshmen and sophomores that prepares them for working in the real world. Students can capitalize on its location in the cultural center and global marketplace of New York City.

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Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

A private school founded in 1887, the Pratt Institute resides on 25 urban acres in Brooklyn, New York. The institution is well known for some of its graduate fine arts programs, including graphic design, industrial design and interior design. The Pratt Institute Cannoneers compete in the NCAA Division III Hudson Valley Athletic Conference.

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Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University, located in Washington, D.C., is a private institution founded in 1864. Gallaudet is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language an English. Its setting is urban on a 99-acre campus.

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Le Moyne College

Syracuse, NY

Le Moyne College, located in Syracuse, New York, is a private institution founded in 1946. This Catholic, Jesuit school offers comprehensive programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Its value-centered education prepares students for leadership and service by integrating community-based experiences with academic programs. A central New York location puts it close to New York City and Boston.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

A public institution founded in 1923, Rowan University resides on 800 suburban acres in Glassboro, New Jersey. The school offers 57 undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees and a variety of certificate programs. Rowan University has a second Campus in Camden, New Jersey, in the city’s University District.

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Mount St. Mary’s University

Emmitsburg, MD

Mount St. Mary's University, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is a private institution founded in 1808. All undergraduates complete the Veritas Program, a group of core courses that provide a broad knowledge of Catholic liberal arts, theology, ethics, math and more. For students who want to attend graduate or law school, the university offers a Three Year Degree that helps them graduate early.

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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

A private institution founded in 1865, Rider University resides on 280 suburban acres in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The school prides itself on providing the intellectual resources of a comprehensive university with the personal attention of a liberal arts college. Rider University offers highly regarded programs in the arts, business, education, music, sciences and social sciences.

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St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University, located in St. Bonaventure, New York, is a private institution founded in 1858. The university provides a value-based education with individual attention from professors, a beautiful residential setting, and a friendly, close-knit atmosphere. Millions of dollars have been spent recently updating and expanding St. Bonaventure’s facilities.

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SUNY--New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

SUNY--New Paltz, located in New Paltz, New York, is a public institution founded in 1828. SUNY—New Paltz is committed to providing high quality, affordable education to students from all social and economic backgrounds. Being situated in the scenic Hudson Valley midway between Albany and New York City provides unique opportunities to enrich the academic programs for students.

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