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Illinois Graduate Schools

#4 Most Popular State/Terr. for Grad Students
87 Colleges
55,294 Yearly Graduations
$70,258 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)

Illinois ranked #4 in the nation for graduate degrees with 55,294 students receiving a diploma in 2019. The average in-state tuition for the state is $17,565, while the average out-of-state tuition for graduate students is $18,524. This cost can vary greatly from school to school.

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

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,924 Yearly Degrees
$56,067 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Northwestern University was ranked the #1 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 5,924 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 Northwestern University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $56,067 $56,067
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $500 $500
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $6,649 $6,649

Public Public vs. Private
5,069 Yearly Degrees
$14,997 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

UIUC handed out 5,069 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #2 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 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $14,997 $28,404
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $3,086 $3,086
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $543 $726

#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,161 Yearly Degrees
$60,300 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 87 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, UChicago ranked #3 in terms of popularity with 4,161 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 Chicago

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $60,300 $60,300
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,248 $1,248
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $2,010 $2,010

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
3,729 Yearly Degrees
$13,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, Chamberlain - Illinois handed out 3,729 graduate degrees. This makes it the #4 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 Chamberlain University - Illinois

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $13,000 $13,000
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $940 $940
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $650 $650

Public Public vs. Private
3,613 Yearly Degrees
$13,276 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 87 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, UIC ranked #5 in terms of popularity with 3,613 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 Illinois at Chicago

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $13,276 $23,850
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $3,290 $3,290
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $699 $890

#6

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,901 Yearly Degrees
$19,584 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

DePaul University was ranked the #6 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 2,901 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 DePaul University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $19,584 $19,584
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $390 $390
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $866 $866

#7

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,211 Yearly Degrees
$18,594 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Loyola Chicago handed out 2,211 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #7 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 Loyola University Chicago

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $18,594 $18,594
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $904 $904
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,033 $1,033

#8

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,079 Yearly Degrees
$17,072 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

DeVry University - Illinois handed out 2,079 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #8 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 DeVry University - Illinois

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $17,072 $17,072
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $480 $480
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $776 $776

#9

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,770 Yearly Degrees
$29,487 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, Illinois Tech handed out 1,770 graduate degrees. This makes it the #9 most popular school in the state in this category. The table below lists the tuition and fees for the school, based on the most recent data available.

Average Tuition and Fees for Illinois Institute of Technology

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $29,487 $29,487
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,450 $1,450
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,575 $1,575

#10

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,607 Yearly Degrees
$8,922 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Northern Illinois University was ranked the #10 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,607 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 Northern Illinois University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $8,922 $8,922
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,358 $2,358
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $496 $496

#11

Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,514 Yearly Degrees
$8,910 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Concordia University Chicago handed out 1,514 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #11 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 Concordia University - Chicago

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $8,910 $8,910
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $270 $270
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $495 $495

#12

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,214 Yearly Degrees
$18,273 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 87 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Benedictine U ranked #12 in terms of popularity with 1,214 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 Benedictine University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $18,273 $18,273
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,136 $1,136
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $694 $694

#13

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,100 Yearly Degrees
$11,646 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

National Louis University was ranked the #13 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 1,100 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 National Louis University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,646 $11,646
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $450 $450
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $647 $647

Public Public vs. Private
1,064 Yearly Degrees
$11,268 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 87 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, SIUC ranked #14 in terms of popularity with 1,064 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,268 $28,170
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $4,558 $4,558
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $470 $1,174

#15

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
938 Yearly Degrees
$7,956 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, Illinois State handed out 938 graduate degrees. This makes it the #15 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 Illinois State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,956 $9,233
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,797 $1,797
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $404 $838

#16

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
914 Yearly Degrees
$13,420 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Olivet Nazarene University was ranked the #16 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 914 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 Olivet Nazarene University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $13,420 $13,420
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $440 $440

#17

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Downers Grove, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
910 Yearly Degrees
$44,824 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Midwestern University - Downers Grove was ranked the #17 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 910 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 Midwestern University - Downers Grove

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $44,824 $44,824
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $687 $687
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $934 $934

#18

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
881 Yearly Degrees
$12,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Aurora handed out 881 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #18 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 Aurora University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $12,600 $12,600
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $600 $600

#19

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
840 Yearly Degrees
$7,034 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 87 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, SIUE ranked #19 in terms of popularity with 840 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 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,034 $7,034
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,142 $2,142
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $338 $338

#20

Rush University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
816 Yearly Degrees
$37,116 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, Rush University Medical Center handed out 816 graduate degrees. This makes it the #20 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 Rush University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $37,116 $37,116
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,391 $1,391

#21

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
734 Yearly Degrees
$20,858 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Roosevelt handed out 734 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #21 most popular graduate school in the state. 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 Roosevelt University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $20,858 $20,858
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $313 $313
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $928 $928

#22

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
667 Yearly Degrees
$7,962 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

WIU handed out 667 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #22 most popular graduate school in the state. 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 Western Illinois University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,962 $7,962
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $3,841 $3,841
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $332 $332

#23

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
636 Yearly Degrees
$7,356 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

EIU handed out 636 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #23 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 Eastern Illinois University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $7,356 $17,654
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,788 $2,788
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $307 $736

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
633 Yearly Degrees
$36,390 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

RFUMS handed out 633 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #24 most popular graduate school in the state. 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 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $36,390 $36,390
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $375 $375
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $693 $693

#25

University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
627 Yearly Degrees
$13,464 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 87 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, University of Saint Francis ranked #25 in terms of popularity with 627 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 St Francis

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $13,464 $13,464
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $375 $375
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $748 $748

Other Illinois Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 University of Illinois at Springfield 623
27 Lewis University 609
28 American InterContinental University - Online 591
29 Northeastern Illinois University 497
30 Governors State University 493
31 Adler University 470
32 Dominican University 363
33 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago 362
34 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 336
35 Bradley University 299
36 Elmhurst University 288
37 Saint Xavier University 266
38 The John Marshall Law School 261
39 North Park University 258
40 Chicago State University 251
41 Trinity International University - Illinois 214
42 McKendree University 196
43 Moody Bible Institute 178
44 Wheaton College Illinois 165
45 Illinois College of Optometry 164
46 National University of Health Sciences 162
47 Robert Morris University Illinois 154
48 Columbia College Chicago 118
49 Judson University 117
50 Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 107
51 Erikson Institute 100
52 North Central College 90
53 Lincoln Christian University 86
54 University of Saint Mary of the Lake 75
55 Rockford University 73
56 Greenville University 68
57 Catholic Theological Union at Chicago 66
58 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 64
59 Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary 61
60 VanderCook College of Music 51
61 McCormick Theological Seminary 49
62 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 46
63 Chicago Theological Seminary 41
63 Millikin University 41
65 Quincy University 38
66 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 35
67 Trinity Christian College 33
68 Resurrection University 28
69 Northern Baptist Theological Seminary 26
69 Meadville Lombard Theological School 26
71 Spertus College 21
72 Saint Anthony College of Nursing 17
73 Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation 13
73 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine - Evanston 13
75 Lake Forest College 10
76 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 8
76 Institute for Clinical Social Work 8
78 Methodist College 4
78 University of Phoenix - Illinois 4
80 Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago 3
81 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 2
82 Rasmussen College - Illinois 0
82 Illinois College 0
82 Hebrew Theological College 0
82 American Islamic College 0
82 Telshe Yeshiva - Chicago 0
82 St. John’s College 0

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