Best Grad Schools in Washington 2022

Best Grad Schools in Washington 2022

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 Washington offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Colleges and Universities in Washington

Of the 40 public options, the University of Washington in Seattle is the largest. Roughly 40,000 students attend classes in fields like nursing, education, biology, and computer science. This public research institution is also affordable, charging about $11,000 for tuition. In fact, none of the public schools in Washington exceed $12,000 in price. This includes community colleges, technical colleges, and four-year universities, making Washington a uniquely affordable place to earn your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

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Washington also has 24 private institutions. Of those, nine are religious. The most widely known of these, Catholic university Gonzaga enrolls roughly 7,000 students, at a cost of $40,000, in areas such as religious studies, engineering, and law. Central Washington University (CWU) is a smaller public school, serving just over 12,000 students, and has a tuition of $8,000. With 15% of its population being Hispanic, CWU is now recognized as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution. Washington health professions also have the opportunity to receive funding for loan repayment through Washington’s Health Professional Loan Repayment Program.

Set in the Pacific Northwest, Washington offers ocean beaches and lush forests. In fact, over half the state is covered in forests, earning Washington its nickname as The Evergreen State. Viewers atop the Space Needle in Seattle can take in the sights of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and both the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges. In addition, prospective students can choose from over 60 higher education institutions in the state.

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There are 8 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Washington. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Washington is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Washington 2022

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    44K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1345/30

    University of Washington’s Online Degrees

    Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Executive Master of Health Administration
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Aerospace Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Education in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Library and Information Science
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Computational Finance and Risk Management
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Computational Linguistics
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Construction Management
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Mechanical Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Sustainable Transportation
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Washington State University’s Online Degrees

    MS in Agriculture
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Health Communication and Promotion
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Professional Science Master of Molecular Biosciences
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Strategic Communication
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Professional Science Master of Electrical Power Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Engineering and Technology Management
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Music
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Software Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #4

    Gonzaga University

    Spokane , WA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/27

    Gonzaga University’s Online Degrees

    MA in Communication and Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Theology and Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Transmission and Distribution Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Degree Concentrations
    • Second MSN Degree
    • RN-to-MSN
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Sport and Athletic Administration
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Student body

    1K

    What is City University of Seattle known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

    City University of Seattle’s Online Degrees

    Master of Education
    Degree Concentrations
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Leadership: Administrator Certification
    • Special Education
    • Adult Education and Instructional Design
    • Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Management and Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Healthcare Administration
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Data Science
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/20

    What is Saint Martin's University known for?

    Saint Martin's University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #8

    Northwest University

    Kirkland , WA

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/23

    What is Northwest University known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

    Northwest University ’s Online Degrees

    Master of Ministry
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Teaching
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in International Community Development
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Leadership Studies
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Data Analysis and Research Psychology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Data Analytics
    • Program Evaluation
    • Doctoral Preparation
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Washington
  2. Washington State University
  3. Seattle University
  4. Seattle Pacific University
  5. Gonzaga University
  6. Northwest University