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Ten Best Graduate Schools in the USA

When we set out to identify the universities with the ten best graduate level programs in the nation we tried to identify five campus based institutions and five online institutions, with degrees of excellence based on these factors. We sought out schools that are recognized by their peer institutions and by national ranking systems as top flight schools. We also looked for universities that are large enough to have a range of graduate level degree options in the most popular academic options for most students: business, technology, education, nursing, and healthcare.

The list we developed after completing our research consists of a blend of our two categories. The first five schools are campus based institutions with traditional roots that happen also to have begun venturing into online education. The second five in our list are schools noted for their accredited online graduate programs, many of which also happen to offer campus based programs in a multitude of locations. In all cases however these are among the best in the business, whether you are looking for a classroom option or an accredited online degree.

1. University of Florida (UF) is one of the so-called "public ivy" universities because of the fact that it is a public university which enjoys high academic standings and respect. It is ranked seventeenth among all public universities in the country. UF has a very large campus, situated on 2,000 acres in Gainesville FL with over 49,000 students enrolled. The graduate programs include a top flight medical school, law school, fine arts department and business school. The College of Engineering, College of Education, School of Business, College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences all offer online graduate degree programs.

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            About Georgetown University
            Georgetown University is a private, not-for-profit, accredited university located in Washington, DC. Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Georgetown is America's oldest Catholic and Jesuit University. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university. It has nine schools, an affiliated hospital and many highly-ranked graduate programs.Georgetown University Online

            Since 1970, Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has rolled out online formats for several programs. Look for online Masters degrees in some in-demand fields such as Nursing, Real Estate & Business. Find the same quality academic content in both on campus and online programs.

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            There is no more exciting time to be part of the renowned Tulane School of Social Work or of the intriguing city of New Orleans than at this moment. Fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and ranked in the top 20 schools of social work in the country, Tulane School of Social Work offers a "clinical-community" curriculum based on relationship-centered practice. 

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            At American College of Education, our goal is to provide working professionals like you with affordable, high-quality options to advance your education and career as a teacher or administrator. We’re here to help you be the best you can be.

            We keep tuition reasonable and coursework convenient through fully online programs that you can access 24/7–even text and class materials are digital. 

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            • Ranked one of the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 31st among the Best Colleges for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A member of the esteemed Association of American Universities (AAU), one of 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada.
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            • Ranked #20 in the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
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            • Ranked among America’s Top Colleges in 2013 by Forbes.
            • Offers over 90 undergraduate majors across 10 colleges, with numerous programs ranked among the top programs by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Has famous alumni such as Sergey Brin the co-founder of Google, Kevin Blank the Founder of Under Armour Athletic Gear, and more.
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            • For the 12th consecutive year, Cal U was named one for the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review 
            • Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
            • Quality Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
            • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost. Student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1
            • CAL U online programs complete an annual assessment of student learning to ensure outcomes are focused on your success in career entry, advancement or enhancement!
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            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
            • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
            • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
            • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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            • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
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            • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
            • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
            • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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            Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has been awarding master’s and doctoral degrees for nearly 100 years. Through our new online learning format, CGU’s specialized master’s degree programs and world renowned faculty are now accessible to a broader community of students seeking a rigorous and relevant graduate degree.

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            Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is one of the country’s leading Catholic universities. Rich in history, Seton Hall is also an institution on the rise. U.S. News ranks us among the top universities, and we have moved up 13 places in just five years.

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