Kansas’s Best Graduate Schools of 2021

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Kansas offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Kansas’s Best Graduate Schools of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Kansas

Beyond the 23 community and technical colleges, Kansas also has nine public universities, the largest being the University of Kansas (KU) with over 28,000 students. The school’s main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, but there are four other locations where students can attend KU classes: Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. Kansas is also home to 22 private higher education institutions, with tuition ranging from $7,000 to $31,000.

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In addition, students can choose from one of 18 religiously affiliated schools, including Newman University, Wichita — a Catholic liberal arts university serving the state’s largest private school student population at just over 2,000. Just under the national tuition average at $9,230, Kansas is also an affordable state in which to earn your degree. The state awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in common fields of study, like economics, nursing, business, and education. Specialized degrees include aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas and agribusiness from Kansas State University. Those in the medical and health fields can check out loan forgiveness programs, such as the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, which awards up to $50,000, tax free, for those who serve two years at an approved site.

Arguably, it was the 1939 cinema classic, The Wizard of Oz, that put Kansas on the map. But The Sunflower State is also known for its mouth-watering barbecue, open plains, and vast sunflower fields. Prospective students can also choose from 50 colleges and universities across this Midwestern state.

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What are Kansas’s Colleges & Universities?

Kansas’s Best Overall

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There are 6 doctorate-granting universities in Kansas, all of which satisfy our criteria. The best graduate schools below are composed of both private and public schools that satisfy the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a non-profit institution.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 30%.

How do we determine Kansas's best graduate schools?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. At the undergraduate level, the best colleges and universities are those with the highest concentration of influence. Our Concentrated Influence metric adjusts overall influence by size of undergraduate student body, thus allowing smaller schools to compete with larger schools so long as they have proportionately as strong influential faculty and alums.

But at the graduate level, the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. Overall influence, and not influence controlled by other variables, thus becomes the best gauge of academic excellence at the graduate level. Where smaller size is an advantage at the undergraduate level (hence Concentrated Influence), graduate studies benefit from a large and vibrant community of graduate students, who promise to become the new generation of academic influencers.

If you are serious about finding the best graduate schools, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our methodology here.

Best Graduate Schools in Kansas

  1. #1

    University of Kansas

    #122 institution's historical influence
    #620 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    23K

    Lawrence, KS

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    What is University of Kansas known for?

    University of Kansas’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • History
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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  2. #2

    Kansas State University

    #349 institution's historical influence
    #1154 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    18K

    Manhattan, KS

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    What is Kansas State University known for?

    Kansas State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Medical
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Wichita State University

    #929 institution's historical influence
    #407 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Wichita, KS

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    What is Wichita State University known for?

    Wichita State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Baker University

    #1659 institution's historical influence
    #947 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    Baldwin City, KS

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    What is Baker University known for?

    Baker University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Southwestern College

    #3178 institution's historical influence
    #974 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    995/21

    Winfield, KS

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    What is Southwestern College known for?

    Southwestern College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Business
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Emporia State University

    #1572 institution's historical influence
    #1371 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1002/22

    Emporia, KS

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    What is Emporia State University known for?

    Emporia State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Biology
    • History
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Physics

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