Best Master's Programs in New Mexico

You should be aware of several factors when considering a master’s degree. As compared to a bachelor’s, a master’s program requires more commitment and may leave you with more debt. Most master’s programs take about two years to complete and require enrollees to finish a thesis or capstone project to demonstrate field expertise.

Having said that, a master’s degree can help you advance your career. The state of New Jersey offers a number of master’s degree programs that prepare students for career paths in business, education, public service, and technology. New Jersey’s 3,850,220 workers earn a median annual salary of $48,200 — or $23.17 per hour — across all job sectors. Top earners in the state make $127,240, and bottom earners make $28,180. Those holding master’s degrees are often near the top of that financial spectrum, even if that isn’t always the case.

Below are some rankings that may be of interest to you regarding master’s programs in New Jersey. To ensure quality education, we target nonprofit schools that are accredited.

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    #1

    St. John's College

    Santa Fe, NM

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    355

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $35000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $35000

    St. John's College enrolls students at its Santa Fe, New Mexico campus as a private institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, enrollees qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. According to the institution, 96% of students receive aid and 46% receive loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 73%. Prospective enrollees can expect an admission rate of 69%. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. St. John's College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus

    Las Cruces, NM

    Graduation Rate

    51%

    Enrollment

    14,227

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6041

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22507

    From its campus in New Mexico, New Mexico State University-Main Campus enrolls students in 227 programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The student-to-faculty ratio at the institution is 16-to-1. According to the school, 99% of students receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a graduation rate of 51%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. As a result, the school offers internships, research opportunities, and other forms of experiential learning. Prospective enrollees can expect an 63% admission rate. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission.

    #3

    University of the Southwest

    Hobbs, NM

    Graduation Rate

    26%

    Enrollment

    904

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16000

    From its campus in Hobbs, New Mexico, University of the Southwest awards degrees as a private institution. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The institution charges 663 per credit for its programs. At the accredited school, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. At the institution, 92% of students receive aid and 98% receive loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 26%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #4

    Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

    Portales, NM

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    5,266

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4074

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6114

    Located in Portales, New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus educates students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare to contribute to their field by completing courses. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    Socorro, NM

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    1,686

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7031

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22860

    Located in Socorro, New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology operates as a public institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. A total of 98% of students receive financial aid and 46% take out loans at the school. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 54%. The school reports a 97% admission rate. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #6

    University of New Mexico-Main Campus

    Albuquerque, NM

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    22,311

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6463

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22801

    From its campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, University of New Mexico-Main Campus grants degrees as a top school. Enrollees choose from multiple degree-granting programs. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. At the institution, students typically complete an associate degree in two years, a bachelor's degree in four years, a master's degree in 1-2 years, or a doctoral degree in 3-7 years. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. University of New Mexico-Main Campus holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #7

    University of Phoenix-New Mexico

    Albuquerque, NM

    Graduation Rate

    24%

    Enrollment

    13

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9552

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9552

    From its campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, University of Phoenix-New Mexico grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to strengthen their skills. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school's accreditation status is not available at this time.

    #8

    Western New Mexico University

    Silver City, NM

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    2,896

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4417

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11400

    A public institution in Silver City, New Mexico, Western New Mexico University offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports that 97% of students receive financial aid and 33% take out loans. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 28%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying. Western New Mexico University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    New Mexico Highlands University

    Las Vegas, NM

    Graduation Rate

    29%

    Enrollment

    2,777

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4608

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9048

    A public institution located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Learners can expect to pay 475 per credit at the school. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Students receive $7499 in aid on average, lowering the average tuition cost after aid to $10863. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. New Mexico Highlands University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #10

    Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development

    Santa Fe, NM

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    693

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4446

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4446

    From its campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on applying to the school. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.