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Great Graduate Schools and Programs in the Northeast

Start searching for the best graduate program to pursue your career goals with this list of great grad schools and programs in the Northeastern US.

If you’ve made the momentous decision to go to grad school, congratulations! Earning an advanced degree to boost your career advantages is a fantastic choice for your future. But now that you’ve decided to pursue it, you have to do the actual work of finding the right program for you. That’s where CollegeXpress comes in! We’ve curated lists of colleges and universities across the country that offer great graduate schools and programs broken down by region, and here you’ll find options in the Northeastern US. The best part about this list is by using the green “Connect me” buttons, you can connect directly to any of the programs you’re interested in, then the school will reach out to you with more information. Take the next step to your future now! 

Caldwell University

Caldwell UniversityCaldwell University is a coeducational church-affiliated liberal arts university in Caldwell, New Jersey—only 20 miles from New York City. With 600 graduate students, the University offers 30 graduate degrees and certificates, including nationally accredited programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Business, Counseling, and Education. Caldwell graduate students benefit from flexible degree plans, small class sizes, individual attention from a committed faculty and University staff, and more.

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Canisius University

Canisius University logoCanisius University is the largest private university in western New York, located in a residential area of North-Central Buffalo. With around 890 graduate students, the University offers 35 graduate programs—including nationally accredited Business and Education programs—with personalized academic path options. Canisius grad students benefit from the Griff Center for Student Success, an alumni network of over 50,000, the Center for Professional Development, and more.

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The City University of New York

The City University of New YorkThe City University of New York school system is comprised of 15 graduate campuses across the five boroughs of New York City. With 30,000 graduate students across colleges, the CUNY system collectively offers 500 master’s, 50 doctoral, and 150 advanced certificate programs through Baruch College; Brooklyn College; the City College of New York; the College of Staten Island; the Graduate Center; the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism; the School for Labor and Urban Studies; the School of Law; the School of Professional Studies; the Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy; Hunter College; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Lehman College; Queens College; and York College. CUNY graduate students benefit from a wide array of available scholarships, online and hybrid program options, access to internships and other hands-on learning opportunities across New York City, and more.

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Cornell University

Cornell UniversityCornell University is a private coeducational land-grant university in Ithaca, New York—52 miles from Syracuse. With more than 6,000 grad students, the University offers nearly 100 graduate fields of study, many of which rank in the top 10 of programs nationally. Cornell grad students benefit from new research and teaching facilities; $802 million devoted to student and University research; labs for nanotechnology, sustainability, energy, creativity, arts, social sciences, and human health; and more.

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Fordham University, Graduate School of Education

Fordham University, Graduate School of EducationFordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, a private university in the Bronx adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo. With around 6,900 graduate and professional students, the University offers 40 master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs in Counseling & School Psychology, Educational Leadership, Interdisciplinary Research, and Teaching. Fordham GSE students benefit from New York City fieldwork opportunities, nationally ranked online program options, and more.

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Geneva College

Geneva CollegeGeneva College is a church-affiliated liberal arts college in a residential area of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania—45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. With 140 grad students, the College offers six in-demand graduate degrees: Master of Business Administration, MA in Counseling, MS in Cybersecurity, MA in Higher Education, MA in Leadership Studies, and MEd in Curriculum & Instruction. Geneva grad students benefit from accelerated program options, engaged faculty and peers, and more.

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The George Washington University

The George Washington UniversityThe George Washington University is a private institution in the federal section of Washington, DC—only blocks away from the White House. With over 15,000 graduate students from 115 countries, the University offers more than 230 master’s, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs through 10 colleges and schools. GW grad students benefit from access to over 100 research centers and institutes, more than 60 student organizations, an alumni network of over 250,000, and more.

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Ithaca College

Ithaca CollegeIthaca College is a private liberal arts college in Ithaca, New York—50 miles south of Syracuse. With 400 graduate students, the College offers 11 graduate degrees and two graduate certificate programs in Accounting, Education, Exercise & Sport Sciences, MBA in Entertainment & Media Management, Music, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Speech-Language Pathology. Depending on your field of study, you may have the opportunity to engage in research or work in clinical and laboratory settings with faculty experts.

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Kean University

Kean UniversityKean University is a public Hispanic-Serving Institution in Union, New Jersey—only 12 miles from New York City. With over 16,000 total students, the Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers 70 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs ranging from Public and Business Administration to Speech Therapy, Counseling, and Educational Leadership. Kean graduate students benefit from access to four professional health clinics, professional research opportunities and showcases, and more.

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Neumann University

Neumann UniversityNeumann University is a private church-affiliated liberal arts college in Aston, Pennsylvania. With around 2,500 total students, Neumann offers eight master’s degrees, two doctoral programs, and six certificate programs. Neumann graduate students benefit from flexible and affordable programs, experienced faculty with a variety of academic backgrounds, Career and Wellness Centers, an expansive on-campus and online library, and more.

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New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

New York University, Tandon School of EngineeringNew York University is one of the largest private universities in the United States with campuses in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn, New York. With around 3,500 graduate students, the School of Engineering offers 26 master’s and doctoral programs, with 17 other schools and colleges comprising the University. Tandon grad students benefit from state-of-the-art, hands-on learning environments; flexible programs with interdepartmental courses; access to organizations in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle; and more.

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Pace University

Pace UniversityPace University is a private comprehensive university with a New York City campus and a Westchester campus in Pleasantville-Briarcliff, New York. With more than 4,800 graduate students, the University offers over 75 master’s, post-master’s certificate, and doctoral programs. Pace graduate degree seekers benefit from learning with students from over 120 countries; access to a strong alumni network; a dedicated Career Services center that facilitates over 7,000 internships, co-ops, practica, field experiences, and clinicals each year; and more.

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Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the country’s oldest institutions of osteopathic medicine, with campuses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Suwanee and Moultrie, Georgia. With just under 3,000 students, the College offers 14 highly specialized master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs on the Philly campus. PCOM students benefit from a tight-knit and collaborative community, more than 60 student organizations, research opportunities, and more.

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Looking for grad schools in another region of the US? Check out these Great Graduate Schools and Programs in the Midwest and West. Or if you’d rather focus on remote learning, check out these Great Graduate Schools With Fully Online Programs.

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