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#1 Most Popular State/Terr. for Grad Students
212 Colleges
111,205 Yearly Graduations
$76,655 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, 111,205 students received a graduate degree in California, making it rank #1 in the nation in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for the state is $19,164, while the average out-of-state tuition for graduate students is $21,011. This cost can vary greatly from school to school.

Learn more about the most popular graduate schools in the state below:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
12,585 Yearly Degrees
$47,107 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, USC handed out 12,585 graduate degrees. This makes it the #1 most popular school in the state in this category. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of Southern California

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $46,272 $46,272
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $835 $835
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,928 $1,928

#2

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
4,842 Yearly Degrees
$12,953 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, UCLA handed out 4,842 graduate degrees. This makes it the #2 most popular school in the state in this category. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of California - Los Angeles

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,442 $26,544
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,511 $1,511

#3

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Public Public vs. Private
4,717 Yearly Degrees
$14,187 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

University of California - Berkeley was ranked the #3 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 4,717 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of California - Berkeley

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,442 $26,544
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,745 $2,745

#4

National University

La Jolla, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,449 Yearly Degrees
$15,480 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

National University handed out 3,449 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #4 most popular graduate school in the state. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for National University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $15,480 $15,480
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $430 $430

#5

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,433 Yearly Degrees
$53,151 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Stanford handed out 3,433 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #5 most popular graduate school in the state. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Stanford University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $52,479 $52,479
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $672 $672
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,166 $1,166

#6

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
Public Public vs. Private
2,944 Yearly Degrees
$9,286 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, San Jose State ranked #6 in terms of popularity with 2,944 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for San Jose State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,176 $16,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,110 $2,110

#7

Ashford University

San Diego, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,875 Yearly Degrees
$12,810 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Ashford University was ranked the #7 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 2,875 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Ashford University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $12,060 $12,060
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $750 $750
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $670 $670

#8

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Public Public vs. Private
2,676 Yearly Degrees
$13,455 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

University of California - San Diego was ranked the #8 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 2,676 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of California - San Diego

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,442 $26,544
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,013 $2,013

#9

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, California
Public Public vs. Private
2,410 Yearly Degrees

Naval Postgraduate School was ranked the #9 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 2,410 graduate degrees were handed out that year.

#10

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
Public Public vs. Private
2,400 Yearly Degrees
$13,349 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, UC Irvine ranked #10 in terms of popularity with 2,400 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of California - Irvine

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,442 $26,544
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,907 $1,907

#11

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
Public Public vs. Private
2,237 Yearly Degrees
$13,598 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, UC Davis ranked #11 in terms of popularity with 2,237 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of California - Davis

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,442 $26,544
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,156 $2,156

#12

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,087 Yearly Degrees
$18,095 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Northcentral University ranked #12 in terms of popularity with 2,087 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Northcentral University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $16,983 $16,983
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,112 $1,112
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $944 $944

#13

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California
Public Public vs. Private
2,074 Yearly Degrees
$8,358 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, Cal State Fullerton handed out 2,074 graduate degrees. This makes it the #13 most popular school in the state in this category. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for California State University - Fullerton

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,176 $16,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,182 $1,182

#14

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
Public Public vs. Private
1,872 Yearly Degrees
$8,411 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

CSUN handed out 1,872 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #14 most popular graduate school in the state. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for California State University - Northridge

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,176 $16,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,235 $1,235

#15

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
Public Public vs. Private
1,866 Yearly Degrees
$8,268 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, CSULB ranked #15 in terms of popularity with 1,866 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for California State University - Long Beach

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,176 $16,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,092 $1,092

#16

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
Public Public vs. Private
1,818 Yearly Degrees
$8,944 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, SDSU ranked #16 in terms of popularity with 1,818 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for San Diego State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,176 $16,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,768 $1,768

#17

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,758 Yearly Degrees
$25,810 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, USFCA handed out 1,758 graduate degrees. This makes it the #17 most popular school in the state in this category. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of San Francisco

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $25,740 $25,740
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $70 $70
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,430 $1,430

#18

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,701 Yearly Degrees
$35,020 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Pepperdine University was ranked the #18 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,701 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Pepperdine University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $34,900 $34,900
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $120 $120
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,745 $1,745

#19

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,610 Yearly Degrees
$17,842 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Azusa Pacific University was ranked the #19 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,610 graduate degrees were handed out that year. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for Azusa Pacific University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $17,592 $17,592
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $250 $250
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $733 $733

#20

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,484 Yearly Degrees
$27,762 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, USD handed out 1,484 graduate degrees. This makes it the #20 most popular school in the state in this category. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for University of San Diego

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $27,288 $27,288
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $474 $474
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,516 $1,516

#21

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
1,389 Yearly Degrees
$8,202 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Cal State LA ranked #21 in terms of popularity with 1,389 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. The following table gives a breakdown of the tuition costs to attend the school. This is based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for California State University - Los Angeles

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,176 $16,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,026 $1,026

#22

Brandman University

Irvine, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,332 Yearly Degrees
$12,320 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 212 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Brandman ranked #22 in terms of popularity with 1,332 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for Brandman University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,880 $11,880
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $440 $440
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $660 $660

#23

Concordia University, Irvine

Irvine, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,302 Yearly Degrees
$7,953 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Concordia University, Irvine was ranked the #23 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,302 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Concordia University, Irvine

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,953 $7,953
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $619 $619

#24

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,280 Yearly Degrees
$25,056 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Santa Clara University was ranked the #24 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,280 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Santa Clara University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $25,056 $25,056
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,044 $1,044

#25

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,256 Yearly Degrees
$26,292 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Academy of Art University was ranked the #25 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,256 graduate degrees were handed out that year. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Academy of Art University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $25,992 $25,992
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $300 $300
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,083 $1,083

Other California Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Loyola Marymount University 1,169
27 California State University - East Bay 1,153
28 San Francisco State University 1,150
29 California Baptist University 1,128
30 Western University of Health Sciences 1,103
31 Alliant International University 1,091
32 University of La Verne 1,088
33 Loma Linda University 1,073
34 California State University - Fresno 1,041
35 University of California - Riverside 1,039
36 University of the Pacific 1,024
37 Trident University International 977
38 Chapman University 953
39 University of California - Santa Barbara 942
40 University of Redlands 927
41 University of California - San Francisco 913
42 California State University - Sacramento 887
43 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences 878
44 California State University - San Bernardino 804
45 California State University - Dominguez Hills 768
46 Golden Gate University - San Francisco 746
47 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles 636
48 University of California - Santa Cruz 632
49 University of Phoenix - California 600
50 Fuller Theological Seminary 584
51 Claremont Graduate University 582
52 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo 542
53 California Lutheran University 539
54 Touro University Worldwide 527
55 Saint Mary’s College of California 523
56 Touro University California 516
56 Biola University 516
58 Pacific College of Health and Science 493
59 California State University - San Marcos 434
60 California State University - Bakersfield 419
61 Samuel Merritt University 406
62 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona 389
63 Point Loma Nazarene University 386
64 Sofia University 362
65 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 358
66 California Institute of Integral Studies 355
67 University of California - Hastings College of Law 346
67 California Institute of Technology 346
69 Palo Alto University 317
70 Keck Graduate Institute 314
71 California Western School of Law 311
72 Fresno Pacific University 308
72 California State University - Monterey Bay 308
74 California State University - Stanislaus 300
75 West Coast University - Orange County 289
76 Fielding Graduate University 283
77 Mount Saint Mary’s University 281
78 California State University - Chico 276
79 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 251
80 Antioch University - Los Angeles 249
81 Mills College 245
82 DeVry University - California 244
82 Sonoma State University 244
84 Westcliff University 241
85 Humboldt State University 223
85 Pacifica Graduate Institute 223
87 Pacific Oaks College 211
87 Southwestern Law School 211
89 California Institute of the Arts 198
90 John F. Kennedy University 197
91 The Wright Institute 195
92 Notre Dame de Namur University 190
93 California College of the Arts 189
94 Life Chiropractic College West 184
95 New York Film Academy 182
96 La Sierra University 178
97 Azusa Pacific University College 161
98 Hope International University 153
99 Dominican University of California 148
100 Thomas Jefferson School of Law 145
101 Marshall B Ketchum University 144
102 West Coast University-Center for Graduate Studies 139
103 University of the People 133
104 University of East - West Medicine 131
105 The Master’s College and Seminary 130
106 Southern States University 127
107 American Film Institute Conservatory 123
107 Southern California University of Health Sciences 123
109 William Jessup University 122
109 South Baylo University 122
109 Claremont Lincoln University 122
112 Saybrook University 121
113 Southern California Institute of Architecture 119
114 University of California - Merced 118
115 Holy Names University 114
116 Lincoln University 110
117 Antioch University - Santa Barbara 109
118 Claremont School of Theology 103
119 California Intercontinental University 99
120 Vanguard University of Southern California 88
121 San Francisco Conservatory of Music 80
121 California State University - Channel Islands 80
123 Whittier College 78
124 Newschool of Architecture and Design 77
125 United States University 72
126 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine 68
127 Art Center College of Design 67
128 Woodbury University 65
129 University of West Los Angeles 64
129 Five Branches University 64
129 San Diego Christian College 64
132 Stanbridge University 63
133 Presidio Graduate School 61
134 Trinity Law School 60
135 California Health Sciences University 59
136 Teachers College of San Joaquin 54
136 Humphreys University - Stockton and Modesto Campuses 54
136 World Mission University 54
139 University of the West 51
140 San Francisco Art Institute 49
141 Lincoln Law School of Sacramento 46
142 Southern California Seminary 44
143 Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine 43
144 Bethel Seminary - San Diego 41
145 Simpson University 40
146 Empire College 37
146 American Jewish University 37
148 Bethesda University 36
148 Pardee RAND Graduate School 36
150 The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law at Ventura 34
150 Graduate Theological Union 34
150 San Joaquin College of Law 34
153 California Miramar University 32
154 Church Divinity School of the Pacific 31
154 Life Pacific College 31
156 California University of Management and Sciences 30
156 Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine 30
158 Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America 29
159 San Francisco Theological Seminary 28
160 Abraham Lincoln University 27
161 Pacific School of Religion 26
162 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary 25
162 Westminster Theological Seminary in California 25
162 Alhambra Medical University 25
162 Otis College of Art and Design 25
166 Bergin University of Canine Studies 24
167 University of Antelope Valley 23
167 Laguna College of Art and Design 23
167 John Paul the Great Catholic University 23
167 Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley 23
171 Pacific States University 21
172 Starr King School for Ministry 20
172 Dongguk University Los Angeles 20
172 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles 20
175 Marymount California University 19
176 Scripps College 18
177 California State University Maritime Academy 17
178 St John’s Seminary 16
179 The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law at Santa Barbara 15
179 Grace Mission University 15
181 America Evangelical University 14
181 California Graduate School of Theology 14
181 High Tech High Graduate School of Education 14
181 Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology 14
185 American Baptist Seminary of the West 13
185 American Conservatory Theater 13
187 Claremont McKenna College 12
187 Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences 12
189 Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope 11
189 Epic Bible College 11
191 California Institute of Advanced Management 10
191 Franciscan School of Theology 10
193 Academy for Jewish Religion - California 9
194 Meridian University 8
194 Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre 8
194 Soka University of America 8
197 Institute of Buddhist Studies 7
197 Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura 7
199 Interior Designers Institute 4
199 California International Business University 4
201 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School 3
202 San Diego Global Knowledge University 2
203 Reiss-Davis Graduate Center 1
203 Pacific Union College 1
205 Pacific College 0
205 Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield 0
205 American University of Health Sciences 0
205 Occidental College 0
205 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at San Diego 0
205 Angeles College 0
205 Cogswell College 0
205 Hussian College-Relativity Campus California 0

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