Masters in Education in USA: Top Colleges, Admission, Fees, Scholarships, Jobs

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    Masters in Education in USA is usually a 1-2 year graduate program for educators looking for a career in education leadership, administration, or counseling. The program is offered as Masters of Education (M. Ed.), Masters in Science in Education (M.S.Ed), Master of Arts- Education (M.A) at top universities in USA

    USA is home to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities offering over 1800 education-related programs to choose from. Masters in Education is not limited to studies that aim at educating future school teachers, but education-related subjects and other interdisciplinary programs are also awarded under M.Ed degrees. 

    • For admissions in the Master of Education in USA, international students are required to provide scores of GRE and English proficiency exams.
    • The tuition fee for masters in education from US universities ranges from 20,000 USD to 51,000 USD.
    • For Indian students planning to pursue M.Ed. from USA, this cost approximates 14 Lakhs to 34 Lakhs.  
    • The average salary in the field of education is 85,700 USD/year. (~62 LPA)

    Top Universities for Masters in Education in USA

    The universities in the United States are globally recognized and the majority of them make their way on the list of the global rankings. Tabulated below are the top ten universities, according to the QS Top University rankings, that offer Masters in Education. 

    QS Subject Rankings 2020 Universities Total Program Fees (USD)
    #2 Harvard University 50,144 
    #2 Stanford University 50,703 
    #8 University of California, Berkeley 22,884 
    #10 Columbia University 81,600 
    #11 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 63,898 
    #14 University of Wisconsin-Madison 53,072 
    #15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 49,182
    #18 Michigan State University 56560
    #19 John-Hopkins University 23,790
    #22 Vanderbilt University 38,568

    Why study Masters in Education in USA?

    The universities in the USA catering to Masters in Education rank among the top 50 according to the QS global rankings.

    • Approximately 1.1 million international students study in the USA.
    • The average salary earned after completing a Masters in Education in the USA ranges somewhere between 44,200 USD – 151,000 USD.
    • The salary for Masters in Education in USA graduates is subjected to an 8% increment in 15 months.
    • In the field of education, 51% of the employees in the USA typically earn a 3-5% bonus every year.
    • The average hourly pay after pursuing Masters in Education is 44 USD.

    Admissions in Masters in Education in USA

    Students who want to study a master's program in education can earn a degree of Masters in Education (M.Ed) or a Masters of Arts in Education (MA Ed). An applicant can choose among various specializations such as Adult Education and Organizational Learning, Applied Linguistics, Comparative and International Education, Curriculum and Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Education Policy, Elementary Education, Gifted Education, Motor Learning, Music Education, Psychology in Education, Special Education, etc. Programs are specific to concentrations, and most degrees include a professional training period in a chosen topic.

    Students can apply for Masters in Education in USA through a common portal that is used by 450 universities or via the university’s official website. It is advised to start preparing for your admissions 1.5 years before the course begins to be able to make travel arrangements to the USA on time.

    Applications for Masters in Education in US

    The universities in the USA usually accept admission applications for the fall or spring semesters. (Applications during the summer semester are also accepted in some of the universities.)

    • The fall semester starts in August and ends in December
    • The spring semester begins in January and ends in May
    • The summer semesters begin in June and end in July.


    • To be eligible for admissions to Masters in Education in the USA, applicants must make sure to have a bachelor's degree with an average of 3.0-3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, which is equivalent to 80-89%.
    • Additionally, the universities that require you to submit GRE scores usually ask for a score of 300+
    • You must also fulfill the English language test scores requirements. Universities specific test scores are discussed in the sections below 

    Admission Requirements for M.Ed. in USA

    There are some requirements that are common to almost all universities. In order to successfully get into the desired university, students must carefully meet these requirements.

    • Completed admission applications to USA universities
    • Payment of non-refundable application fee
    • Official academic transcripts with their English translations and evaluated by a credential evaluation agency, such as WES
    • Language proficiency scores through TOEFL, IELTS, or other equivalent scores
    • Personal Statement covering the reasons for pursuing a Masters program in Education, future goals, and how the degree will help in achieving those goals, etc.
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Standardized scores of exams to study in USA, mainly GRE
    • Resume or CV
    • Proof of availability of funds for covering a year of living.
    • Copy of Passport


    English Language Requirements for Masters in Education in USA

    As international students who do not have English as their primary/first language, you will be required to submit proof of language proficiency to pursue M.Ed in USA. The minimum score requirements for tests accepted through the top universities offering the program  

    University Course Offered & Duration Minimum Required Scores for TOEFL (iBT) Minimum Required Scores for IELTS
    Harvard University Masters of Education (Ed.M.), 1 year 104 7.5
    Stanford University Master of Arts (M.A) in Education, 1 year 100 7.0
    University of California, Berkeley Masters of Education, 2 years 80 6.5
    Columbia University Master in Education– Instructional Technology and Media, 2 years 100 7.0
    The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Masters of Arts (M.A); Masters of Education, 2 years 87 7.0
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Arts(M.A.) - Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2 years 92 7.0
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Master of Arts (M.A) in Educational Studies; Masters of Science in Educational Studies, 2 years 88-100 6.5-7.0
    Michigan State University Master of Arts (M.A) in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, 2 years 79 6.5
    Johns Hopkins University Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Education, 1 year 100 7.0
    Vanderbilt University Master of education – Quantitative methods, 1 year 100 7.0

    Student Visa to USA

    International applicants applying for admissions to Masters in Education in USA require a student F-1 visa to USA. The student visa to the USA is the 3rd most applied visa around the globe and has a visa acceptance rate of 86%.

    • Students are required to fill the SEVIS I-901 and pay the 200 USD fee.
    • Necessary documents required are:
      • Proof of finances to cover their studies in USA
      • Visa application fee and SEVIS fee payment receipt 
      • Proof of financial support
      • I-20 form received from the university
      • Admission offer from the university
      • Copy of passport

    Applicants would need to appear for a visa interview with the US Embassy in their respective home country. 

    Costs to study Masters in Education in USA

    Studying in the USA can make a big hole in your pocket. Expenses while studying Masters in Education in the USA include- pre-arrival costs, tuition fees or the program fees, and living expenses. 

    Pre-arrival Costs to USA

    The pre-arrival costs to USA include the fees required for application fees, exam registrations, airfare, visa, etc. The table below shows the estimated pre-arrival costs to USA:

    Categories Cost (in USD)
    GMAT Fees 236
    GRE Fees 187
    TOEFL Fees 158-240
    TOEFL Paper-Based Examination 171
    VISA application cost 192

    Tuition Fee for Masters in Education in USA

    To pursue masters in education from US top universities, some of the cheapest options include UC Berkeley, Johns-Hopkins University, and the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The tuition fees for M.Ed in USA for Indian students

    Universities Total Program Fees (INR)
    Harvard University 36.96 lakhs
    Stanford University 37.37 lakhs
    University of California, Berkeley 16.86 lakhs
    Columbia University 60.10 lakhs
    UCLA 47.10 lakhs
    University of Wisconsin-Madison 39.12 lakhs
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 36.25 lakhs
    Michigan State University 41.69 lakhs
    John-Hopkins University 17.53 lakhs
    Vanderbilt University 28.42 lakhs

    Cost of Living in the USA

    The cost of living varies depending on the city you’re living in and the standards of living. The living expenses in USA range from 2,500 to 4,000 USD per month. The table below tabulates the estimated budget for an international student living in the USA.

    Expenses Costs per month (in USD)
    Accommodation 1000-2000
    Food 900-1200
    Transportation 100-300
    Books and Supplies 300-500
    Health Insurance 450-700
    Other Expenses 300-600

    Masters in Education in USA with Scholarships

    Studying Masters in Education in USA can be costly for the pocket. Thus to help international students with the costs and the tuition fee, the universities offer a number of financial aid options. These include scholarships, education loans or even work-study. There are a number of scholarships to study in USA. A few of the scholarships to study Masters in Education in USA are tabulated below:

    Scholarship Scholarship Amount Details
    Kay-Grant Group Scholarship 1,000 USD Award duration is 1 year
    Comindware Scholarship 4000 USD Must be enrolled in an accredited university.
    Fulbright Program Varies 8,000 such scholarships are awarded
    PEO International Peace Scholarship for Women 12,500 USD Awarded to international women pursuing graduate programs in the USA
    Innovation in Education Scholarships 500 USD Awarded to international students who help society with their innovative and creative abilities
    Forktip Women’s innovation Scholarship  Variable International students in PG programs

    Students can also apply for external international scholarships to study in the USA that are awarded by various private agencies or organizations, or even the respective home country government. 

    Scope after Masters in Education in USA

    The average salary in the field of education is 85,700 USD/year and the cost ranges between 36,500 USD- 109,000 USD for the entire course. So, the investment is quite worth it. A student pursuing a master program in education can apply for various job opportunities in the USA best suited to their profile ranging from a professor, lecturer, coach, advisor, etc. to an academic manager or a specialist. 

    The salaries earned by taking up specific job roles in the field of education are tabulated below.

    Specific Job Roles Salary/year
    Professor – Education 130,000 USD
    Academic Manager 105,000 USD
    Lecturer 100,000 USD
    Coach 94,000 USD
    Advisor 92,500 USD
    Specialist 81,700 USD

    Salaries in Different States of the US after M.Ed

    The salaries after studying Masters in Education in USA differ from state to state. The average annual salary after Masters in Education in USA are tabulated below:

    State Average  Annual Salary (in USD)
    California 107,000
    Michigan 106,000 
    Georgia 105,000 
    New Jersey 105,000 
    Massachusetts 102,000 
    Arizona 102,000 

    Also, a person pursuing a Ph.D. in Education can earn 23% more than that earned from a Masters degree in Education in the United States. Thus, pursuing a doctorate degree after the Master's program can be a good option for a few students.

    Master in Education in USA broadens your perspective in terms of content and continual innovation. It is both challenging and rewarding. The cost of studying Masters in Education in the United States is 36,500 - 109,000 USD and the salary earned is approximately 87,500 USD - 109,000 USD per year. Therefore, the ROI is high making Masters in Education a good study option for the students looking to study abroad in the USA.


    Ques. What is the best university for Masters in Education in the USA?

    Ans. World-popular universities such as Harvard and Stanford provide Masters in Education in the United States. However, there are other universities too that make up to top global ranking.

    Ques. What jobs can you get after studying Masters in education in the United States?

    Ans. A person can take up various job roles such as professor, lecturer, academic manager, and many more.

    Ques. What are the English language requirements for studying for a Masters in Education in USA?

    Ans. An average score of 6.5-7 or higher in the IELTS exam or 75-100 in the internet-based TOEFL exam. 

    Ques. Is Masters in Education equivalent to Masters in Teaching?

    Ans. No, they’re not equivalent. Masters in education is an advanced degree that increases the scopes beyond classrooms for professions such as principal, administrator, supervisor, etc. On the other hand Masters in Teaching is for individuals who want to become certified elementary or secondary school teachers.

    Ques. What is the cost of masters in education in USA for Indian students?

    Ans. An M.Ed degree from the US costs around 14 to 34 lakhs per annum for an Indian student. These are the cost approximates for the top universities offering the program. You can also find cheaper options to study in the USA. 

    Ques. What is the eligibility criteria for pursuing M.Ed. courses in USA?

    Ans. To study masters in education courses in the US, you must have a four-years bachelors degree with 80-89% aggregate score (minimum requirements vary across universities). You are also required to have GRE score of around 300 or more. English language test scores, if required, must also be submitted to get admissions to M.Ed. courses in USA. 

    Ques. What is the scope after completing Masters in education from the USA?

    Ans. You can apply for job roles ranging from a professor, lecturer, coach, advisor, etc. to an academic manager or a specialist. The salary packages offered range from 80,000 USD a year to 100,000 USD a year. The salaries vary depending on your job profile, roles, state and sector of employment. 

    Ques. Is it easy to get into Masters in education courses in USA?

    Ans. No, getting admissions to M.Ed. courses with a non-native degree is very difficult. Another challenge usually experienced by international students is the high academic requirements that are to be met to fulfill the eligibility criteria.  

    Ques. Is it worth pursuing MEd in USA?

    Ans. Yes, though there are challenges attached to getting admissions and finding a job. But as soon as you have graduated, with a degree from the USA, the options of the global market are opened. You can explore the world of opportunities in any corner of the globe. The tuition fees involved in pursuing education from US are high, but the returns offerred after completion of your M.Ed. degree cover-up for all the expenses made. Hence, pursuing MEd from USA is worth the time, money, and effort invested.