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The United States is a country that combines diverse geography and culture with a reputation for academic excellence, making it a leading destination for students pursuing master’s degrees. It's a melting pot of ethnicities, nationalities, races, classes, and opinions, and with a large number of foreign students enrolled in masters degree programs all over the country, the USA is a wonderful place to further your education. No matter what program of study interests you, you’re sure to find something to meet your needs. The USA is particularly well-known for a large number of non-traditional options for pursuing a master’s degree, such as part-time studies, online programs, and distance learning options.

The US higher education system uses the traditional three tiers – bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. Although most master’s degrees fall into the category of Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Master of Business Administration, many specialty degrees exist as well.

Admission to a master’s program varies widely. Some programs will accept students with as little as an application and transcript, while other programs require letters of recommendation and exams such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Non-native English speakers may also be required to demonstrate English proficiency via an accredited English language test like TOEFL. Be sure to check the specific requirements for each school and plan ahead to take exams if needed.

Tuition and fees vary widely for different programs depending upon the type of school (public or private), program of study, and the student’s state of residence or nationality. Students who are US citizens and residents of a specific state will receive the lowest tuition rates for public institutions in that state (in-state tuition). US citizens who are residents of another state and international students will pay the highest rates (out-of-state tuition). Typical in-state tuition is about $12,000 per year, while out-of-state tuition is about $30,000. Private schools also typically charge around $30,000 per year. However, scholarships, grants and loans are widely available to help defray costs. Master’s programs are usually one to two years long and most combine coursework with a research project. Some technical master’s programs require a research thesis that must be publically defended.

More than 750,000 international students attend universities and other higher education institutes in USA each year. In addition to offering high quality master’s degrees in virtually every subject imaginable, studying in USA also offers cultural opportunities and provides non-native English-speaking students with additional language experience.

Whether students want to remain in USA when they complete their studies or look for opportunities in other countries, they will find that employers understand the value of a master’s degree from a US school. Those wanting to remain in USA will find many employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, banking, software and education.

Take the first step now towards a masters degree in USA your new education adventure by browsing the programs below. Search on specific criteria if you already know what you want, and contact specific universities to receive additional information.

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Rady School of Management

The Rady School is in a unique position to offer a Master of Finance that emphasizes quantitative methods, empirical work, and financial econometrics. UC San Diego has a ... [+]

The STEM Designated Master of Finance program at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management prepares graduates to tackle significant challenges facing the financial sector.

Rady School Master of Finance graduates have secured positions with organizations such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Altegris, CITIC Securities, Drobny Capital, Rayliant Global Advisors, Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, PhoenixMart, Meritco Services, Dimensional Fund Advisors, UBS, and Stanford University.

The Home of Econometrics

The Rady School is in a unique position to offer a Master of Finance that emphasizes quantitative methods, empirical work and financial econometrics. UC San Diego has a rich tradition in empirical and theoretical econometrics. Some of the most widely-used empirical models developed from the research of UC San Diego faculty. The emphasis on rigorous empirical data-driven methods differentiates the Rady School’s Master of Finance from programs specializing in financial engineering.... [-]

USA San Diego
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Full-time
12 - 15 months
Campus
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

The Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations is widely considered to be one of the top programs of its kind in the nation and is available through a ful ... [+]

The Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations is widely considered to be one of the top programs of its kind in the nation and is available through a full-time or part-time option. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the curriculum gives students a thorough understanding of contemporary HR practices and the underlying theories that are necessary for successful careers in the field.

A Dynamic Field of Study

The field of human resources and industrial relations encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship, from human resource management to labor relations and beyond. By blending theory and practice, our degree programs provide our full-time and part-time students with a multi-disciplinary foundation in economics, psychology, business, ethics, culture, and law.... [-]

USA Minneapolis
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Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
Campus
Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO

WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security is the first Russian-American master’s programme at MGIMO, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Rus ... [+]

Programme Profile

WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security is the first Russian-American master’s programme at MGIMO, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Russia, the United States, and other countries.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and PIR Center have partnered to develop the Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies.

Our Aim

The programme prepares students for professional careers in the nonproliferation field in national governments, international organizations, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with a particular emphasis on practical skills.... [-]

USA Monterey
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Kent State University - College of Aeronautics and Engineering

The Master of Technology degree offers a curriculum that provides students with advanced technical and management knowledge and skills that meet the needs of the technica ... [+]

The Master of Technology (MTEC) degree requires all students to complete a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours. Of the 33 graduate credit hours, at least 18 of those hours must be at the 60000 level, and at least 21 hours must be taken in the courses offered by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (course name prefix AERN or TECH).

Description

The Master of Technology degree offers a curriculum that provides students with advanced technical and management knowledge and skills that meet the needs of the technical workforce in industry and business. The program allows students flexibility in course selection to meet the diverse demands of careers in rapidly-changing fields in business, engineering and technology.... [-]

USA Kent
September 2019
Full-time
33 hours
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

Compare Pepperdine's different approach to other programs. We use a unique leadership curriculum that melds quantitative policy analysis with coursework in history and po ... [+]

Public Policy Degree at Pepperdine

Compare Pepperdine's different approach to other programs. We use a unique leadership curriculum that melds quantitative policy analysis with coursework in history and political philosophy to prepare students for impactful careers on either side of the aisle.

Our Master of Public Policy program Gives a commitment to "viewpoint diversity" and welcomes a variety of political perspectives. Is perfect for those on the path toward a Ph.D. as well as those looking for impactful careers in politics and policy. Prepares you for careers in government leadership, policy-related business sectors, nonprofits, foreign service, and think tanks. Offers unique specializations and joint-degree opportunities. Is a top 10 graduate policy program in the West, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Application Deadline for Fall 2019* ... [-]
USA Malibu
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
SUNY Cortland

This program is designed for students interested in working in international sport, either outside of the United States or with international sports organizations within ... [+]

Kick-start your career in the international sporting arena!

This program is designed for students interested in working in international sportS, either outside of the United States or with international sports organizations within in the United States, and who are interested in taking classes on campus in a traditional classroom setting. You're already excited about everything to do with sports. Now you're ready to step up your game on a global scale — so it just makes sense to pursue an M.S. in International Sports Management at SUNY Cortland. In this 30-credit-hour program, you will balance theory and practice as you gain a solid understanding of the international sports management environment. You will complete 12-24 class credit hours on the SUNY Cortland campus and have opportunities to fulfill the remaining class credit hours in an international study abroad location such as Germany or Australia. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to pursue international internship opportunities.... [-]

USA Cortland
September 2019
Full-time
3 semesters
Campus
Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

The Jefferson Master of Architecture Program is a first-professional graduate program designed to prepare students for professional architectural practice through the dev ... [+]

Masters in USA 2019.

The Jefferson Master of Architecture Program is a first-professional graduate program designed to prepare students for professional architectural practice through the development of sustainable design and technology skills, knowledge of project management, and collaborative experiences in an interdisciplinary environment. The program is located within easy access to Center City Philadelphia with its rich collection of major historical and contemporary buildings. Philadelphia also provides an ongoing laboratory for many of our courses and opportunities for internships.

The Master of Architecture is a 3+ year 100-credit degree program for students without advanced standing. Students granted advanced standing may be able to complete the program in as little as two years with 49 credits minimum.... [-]

USA Philadelphia
August 2019
Full-time
2 - 3 years
Campus
Bentley University - McCallum Graduate School of Business

The Master of Science in Digital Innovation (MSDI) is a business degree designed to hone expertise and develop key skills in such areas as digital strategy, artificial in ... [+]

In today's technology-driven world, business leaders need to complement their management skills with technical acumen to set their company up for true digital innovation. Launching in the fall of 2019, the Master of Science in Digital Innovation (MSDI) is a business degree designed to hone expertise and develop key skills in such areas as digital strategy, artificial intelligence, application development, and data architecture, providing immediate value to your organization and transforming your career.

Flexible study options:

Part-Time Full-Time Find Yourself At Bentley

To create a thriving population of students with a wide range of life and work experiences, Bentley considers the entirety of candidates’ applications including prior work experience, test scores, learning objectives, and other factors as we determine admissions decisions.... [-]

USA Waltham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
University of Central Oklahoma

The UCO MPA inspires public values by providing transformative learning experiences for ethical leaders striving to improve communities in the Oklahoma City metropolitan ... [+]

The UCO MPA inspires public values by providing transformative learning experiences for ethical leaders striving to improve communities in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and the world. As the flagship public service program for Oklahoma’s metropolitan university, the UCO MPA prepares professionals to serve as leaders in local, state, and national governments; nonprofit organizations; and international agencies. UCO MPA graduates inform public debate and address critical policy issues. The values of the UCO MPA include civic engagement/collaboration, discipline knowledge/professional competence, diversity and cultural sensitivity, environmental stewardship, ethical leadership, global awareness, good governance, pride in public service, quality of life, and social justice.... [-]

USA Edmond
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences

The Masters of Public Administration program seeks to provide the highest quality graduate education for current and prospective officials in all three areas of public se ... [+]

Masters of Public Administration

The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program seeks to provide the highest quality graduate education for current and prospective officials in all three areas of public service: government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private vendors. The program strives to achieve local, state and national prominence through a contemporary curriculum, innovative instruction, scholarly and applied research, and service to key stakeholders. Program activities are designed to develop and enhance technical, ethical and leadership competencies.

About The Program

The University of Miami, situated in one of the most cosmopolitan parts of the country, offers a unique opportunity for the study of public administration. UM is advantageously located in Miami Dade County, the first in the U.S. to adopt two-tier metropolitan government, providing an ideal urban laboratory for the study of government organization and consolidation.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
University of Maryland College Park

The Master of Finance program will introduce you to some of the top minds in finance today. Our faculty are consultants to large financial institutions, multinational cor ... [+]

The Smith School is known for its academic excellence. Our specialty masters programs optimize our top faculty, resources and location to transform you into a business professional ready to lead, no matter which specialization you pursue.

The Master of Finance program will introduce you to some of the top minds in finance today. Our faculty are consultants to large financial institutions, multinational corporations and government agencies. This rigorous curriculum will equip you for challenging and rewarding career options in finance. Obtain mastery in the latest tools in corporate finance, asset management, risk management and valuation. Participate in Center for Financial Policy events, get industry-specific career coaching and receive excellent preparation for the CFA exam.... [-]

USA College Park
September 2019
Full-time
9 - 20 months
Campus
Hult International Business School

As the role of big data becomes increasingly important, a one-year Hult Master of Business Analytics degree equips you with the analytical and business capability to tran ... [+]

This program is only available as a second part of the Dual Degree Program after students have completed One-year MBA or Masters of International Business. It will be available as a full-time one-year program in San Francisco for the September 2018 start term. Learn how to translate big data and analysis into action—and qualify for a 3-year O.P.T. working visa in the U.S. As the role of big data becomes increasingly important, a one-year Hult Master of Business Analytics degree equips you with the analytical and business capability to translate data statistics and analysis into action.

Locations

Start your Master of Business Analytics in San Francisco, then choose to take electives at any other two campuses as part of Hult's unique Global Campus Rotation.... [-]

USA San Francisco Cambridge New York Boston  + 1 More
August 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers) is proud to be among only ten CFA Institute Partner Schools in the country to offer a one year Master of Financial A ... [+]

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers) is proud to be among only ten CFA Institute Partner Schools in the country to offer a one year Master of Financial Analysis (M.Fin.A.) that prepares students to pass the prestigious CFA (chartered financial analyst) exam.

“The Financial Engineer” has ranked the MFinA at Rutgers the number one Master of Finance program in the New York metropolitan area.

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USA New Brunswick
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Northwestern University Master of Product Design and Development Management

The Master of Product Design & Development Management (mpd²) program is designed for professionals who want to master the concepts and tools of product design and dev ... [+]

The Master of Product Design & Development Management (mpd²) program is designed for professionals who want to master the concepts and tools of product design and development. You will learn about creativity, innovation, lean design, design strategy, product innovation, end-user research, marketing, and project and product management, as well as business and financial issues. The highly-focused curriculum, taught by senior faculty from academic and business, is designed to assure our graduates a pathway to senior management. You'll quickly understand why Business Week has endorsed this program as one of the top programs of its kind in the world.

Innovative Curriculum

Our coursework focuses on the following categories:... [-]

USA Evanston
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
9 - 24 months
Campus
Howard University

The Howard University Master of Accountancy MAcc program is a specialized advanced graduate-level business program focused on preparing graduates for successful careers i ... [+]

The Howard University Master of Accountancy MAcc program is a specialized advanced graduate-level business program focused on preparing graduates for successful careers in corporate accounting, governmental accounting, non-profit accounting, auditing, and advisory and consulting services.

The curriculum prepares students, in a significant fashion, for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination through intensive and challenging coursework during the 30-hour program. States demand 150 hours, normally the fifth year of accounting education, to sit for the examination. Our program provides the required additional coursework while allowing students to concurrently earn the prestigious MAcc degree.... [-]

USA Washington
July 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus