THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
We know that you have big goals and even bigger dreams. The staff at Master’s Programs Guide has a big dream too: We want to curate college rankings that make the journey toward achieving a master’s degree easier for all students.
Reliable research and well-harvested data are the main ingredients in our recipe for success. We don’t make recommendations based on personal opinions or financial incentives. Our revenue and content are completely separate, and sponsored schools have no impact on our rankings. The only way to make it onto one of our lists is to have an incredible academic program!
We have a time-tested four-part formula designed for ranking the best colleges in the nation that we’d love to share with you.
OUR RANKING CRITERIA
So how do we score our rankings? We prioritize four key factors that are important to students.
We base 40% of our ranking score on overall future Earnings Potential. This information comes exclusively from Payscale.
The other main component and 30% of our formula is Affordability. We gauge affordability by taking the average cost to you over the course of your degree program, with financial aid availability and fees in mind, from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
We then juxtapose that data with all other schools that offer the same degree. Student Satisfaction makes up 20% of our ranking score because we know that student happiness is directly correlated with success. We gather genuine reviews from current students, former students, and alumni through Rate My Professor, Payscale, and Students Review.
And the final 10% of our formula takes into account the overall Selectivity of a school. We are able to ascertain a school’s selectivity score by checking their acceptance rate using data from the NCES.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A METHODOLOGY
Transparency is crucial when providing information like this. We never want you to have to wonder whether or not the information you get from Master’s Programs Guide is objective and unbiased.
If you ever have any questions about that, then please feel free to contact us with additional questions. It is our goal to provide everything you need to make a smart, informed decision about your future.