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

    61%

    Enrollment

    363

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $35755

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $35755

    A private institution, St. John's College grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The private school reports a graduation rate of 61%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. St. John's College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus

    Las Cruces, NM

    Graduation Rate

    48%

    Enrollment

    14,296

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7087

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23076

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus, located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students complete courses and experiential learning opportunities to bolster their knowledge. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. New Mexico State University-Main Campus holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #3

    University of the Southwest

    Hobbs, NM

    Graduation Rate

    32%

    Enrollment

    875

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16200

    Located in Hobbs, New Mexico, University of the Southwest grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The institution charges a per-credit fee of 663 for its programs. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #4

    Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

    Portales, NM

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    5,685

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6450

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8448

    Located in Portales, New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help learners meet their career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    Socorro, NM

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    1,835

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8156

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23524

    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, located in Socorro, New Mexico, enrolls students as a public institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The public institution reports a 50% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #6

    University of New Mexico-Main Campus

    Albuquerque, NM

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    22,729

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7875

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23292

    Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, University of New Mexico-Main Campus enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit standardized test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. University of New Mexico-Main Campus is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #7

    Western New Mexico University

    Silver City, NM

    Graduation Rate

    34%

    Enrollment

    3,193

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6306

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13539

    A public institution located in Silver City, New Mexico, Western New Mexico University offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. The school offers foundational courses, technical classes, and general education courses in multiple majors. Western New Mexico University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #8

    New Mexico Highlands University

    Las Vegas, NM

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    2,787

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6318

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10590

    From its campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University grants degrees and certificates as a top school. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help learners meet a variety of professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides additional resources on applying to the school. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. New Mexico Highlands University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development

    Santa Fe, NM

    Graduation Rate

    31%

    Enrollment

    605

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5220

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5220

    Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, enrolls students in 18 programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. Information on the average student-to-faculty ratio is unavailable. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 31%. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.