At the master’s level, students can earn degrees in areas like business, education, nursing, engineering, and the humanities. The subject influences what students learn, the length of their program, and graduate degree costs.
In general, professional degrees cost more than academic degrees. In 2015/2016, the cost of an MBA exceeded $27,000 per year, while a master’s in education cost $19,300. Even within academic programs, the cost of a master’s degree varies. On average, life and physical science programs cost around $1,000 less than humanities and social science programs.