East Coast Graduate Schools with Degree Program Information

East coast graduate schools include colleges and universities in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The University of Florida is the largest graduate school on the East Coast and the fourth largest in the country.

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Largest Graduate Schools on the East Coast

University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida (UF) is the oldest postsecondary school in the state. In 2010, the university was included in U.S. News and World Report's list of the top 15 public schools in the country. The Princeton Review named UF a Best Value Public College in the same year. The University of Florida is a research-focused school that was awarded more than $570 million in research funding in 2008. Each year, the university contributes more than $6 billion to the state's economy. Graduate degrees are offered through 16 colleges at UF.

College of Fine Arts

This college consists of three schools, including the School of Art and Art History, School of Theatre and Dance, and School of Music. Graduate degrees are offered in areas of study such as acting, music education, digital media, drawing and photography. An extensive study abroad program allows students to pursue credits in Mexico, Scotland, Austria and other countries.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

With more than 700 faculty members, this college is UF's largest academic division. The college enrolls more than 2,000 graduate students each year. Graduate degree programs are available through 19 departments, including psychology, English, chemistry and geography.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Master's and doctoral degree programs are offered in more than 20 areas of study, including botany, animal sciences, genetics, wildlife ecology and plant medicine. Research opportunities and fellowships are available through multiple programs, while the Career Resource Center provides career and networking resources to graduate students.

College of Journalism and Communications

This college has offered journalism and mass communications courses for more than 85 years and graduate programs since 1945. Students can pursue a graduate degree in four departments, including telecommunication, public relations, journalism and advertising. The school offers a Master of Advertising and Master of Arts in Mass Communications with eight concentrations. A Ph.D. in mass communications allows graduate students to focus on research methodology within the field.

Warrington College of Business Administration

The Warrington College offers master's, doctoral and post-doctoral programs. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report named Warrington the 37th best graduate program of its kind in the country. In addition to a Master of Business Administration (MBA), the college offers a Master of Arts and Master of Science in nine areas, including entrepreneurship, management and real estate. Six Ph.D. degree programs and a post-doctoral teaching program are also available.

College of Health and Human Performance

Established in 1946, this college is made of four research centers and three academic departments. Master's and doctoral degree programs are available in physiology and kinesiology, health behavior and tourism, recreation and sports management.

College of Medicine

The College of Medicine is part of UF's Health Sciences Center. The college offers a Doctor of Medicine and various graduate degrees in biomedical engineering, medical science and physician assistant research studies. Students gain experience through clinical training with the university's teaching hospital, the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other local health care employers. Medical residency programs are available in medicine, neurology, pediatrics, pathology and other areas of study.

College of Nursing

Graduate degree programs at the UF nursing college include a Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science. A consortium program allows students to take off-campus graduate nursing courses. Student research is conducted at the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Institute on Aging, the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of UF and the UF Shands Cancer Center.

College of Pharmacy

UF's College of Pharmacy was named one of the top 15 pharmacy schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. The college offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and additional graduate degrees in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical policy and pharmacodynamics. Dual-degree programs are offered for graduate students interested in additional coursework in law, business, public health and nutritional sciences. A continuing education program awards graduate certificates for traditional and distance learning students.

College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry is Florida's sole publicly funded dental school. Graduate students can pursue a Doctor of Dental Medicine in areas like periodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral biology and community dentistry. Approximately 80 students enter the doctoral program each year, and dentistry professionals can also enroll in short-term continuing education courses.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

This college offers degree programs through 11 departments, including public health, physical therapy, rehabilitation science and health psychology. Graduate programs include a Master of Health Administration, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Health Science and a Doctor of Philosophy available in six concentrations.

College of Veterinary Medicine

This is the only college of veterinary medicine in Florida. The college offers master's and doctoral programs, including a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). The college is divided into six departments that study small animals, large animals, infectious disease and physiological sciences. Residency and internship opportunities provide students with clinical veterinary training.

College of Design, Construction and Planning

This college offers graduate certificates, master's and doctoral degrees in five departments, including architecture, interior design, urban planning, landscapes and building construction. Students can participate in design research studies conducted by local organizations like the Vicenza Institute of Architecture, the Center for Building Better Communities and the Fluor Program for Construction Safety.

Levin College of Law

The Levin College of Law was established in 1909 and currently offers six graduate degree programs. The college awards a Master of Laws, Juris Doctor and Doctor of Judicial Sciences. Areas of study include comparative law, family law, taxation and intellectual property law.

College of Engineering

UF's College of Engineering was named the 25th best engineering school in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. The college offers graduate degree programs in 12 technical areas, including civil, chemical, agricultural and industrial engineering. The college is the second largest academic division at UF and has more than 300 faculty members.

College of Education

The College of Education awards a Master of Education, Master of Arts in Education, Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education. Areas of study include educational leadership, higher education administration and educational psychology. UF's special education and counselor education programs were each ranked in the top five programs of their kind by U.S. News and World Report in 2010.

Contact Information

  • Address: 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Phone Number: (352) 392-3261

List of the 20 Largest Graduate Schools on the East Coast

College/University Student Population Institution Type
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Central Florida 50,121 4-year, Public
University of South Florida-Main Campus 46,189 4-year, Public
Strayer University 45,491 4-year, Private for-profit
Florida International University 38,759 4-year, Public
Florida State University 38,682 4-year, Public
University of Maryland-College Park 37,000 4-year, Public
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 36,041 4-year, Public
University of Georgia 34,180 4-year, Public
University of Maryland-University College 34,172 4-year, Public
Liberty University 33,604 4-year, Private not-for-profit
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 32,872 4-year, Public
Virginia Commonwealth University 32,044 4-year, Public
Boston University 31,766 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 30,739 4-year, Public
George Mason University 30,613 4-year, Public
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 28,567 4-year, Public
Nova Southeastern University 28,378 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Georgia State University 28,229 4-year, Public
East Carolina University 27,677 4-year, Public
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