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Who We Are

The Best Master's Degrees is a comprehensive online resource for students attending or planning to enroll in graduate-level college programs. Our free guides and rankings cover degree subjects and concentrations, tuition and fees, financial aid options, and other areas of interest for master's degree students. We also offer in-depth profiles of industries and careers for candidates with master's degrees in different fields.

We understand the need for unbiased, data-driven information when searching for a suitable master's program. For this reason, The Best Master's Degrees is fully committed to editorial independence and transparency. Our expert fact-finders curate content from reliable sources to provide readers with program recommendations based on financial standing, career objectives, and other individual factors.

How We Make Money

We generate revenue through advertisements located throughout the site that profile certain schools and master's programs. The Best Master's Degrees may receive financial compensation from these sponsors when a visitor uses our program search tool or interacts with ads.

To promote full transparency, we take measures to ensure our readers can distinguish between advertisements and editorial content. All ads are clearly labeled as such. Furthermore, our advertising agreements never influence the content in our listings or guides. We rely on a complex ranking methodology that evaluates schools on merit and performance. This system ensures our content remains completely bias-free.

How We Maintain Editorial Independence

To generate the rankings on The Best Master's Degrees, we evaluate each college and university based on dozens of factors. These include tuition costs for online and brick-and-mortar students, admission and graduation rates, student resources, and average course sizes. Once we have completed our assessments, we give each school an aggregate score, which is then used to determine the order of our rankings.

Our writers, editors, and fact-finders use data from reliable, objective sources. Our most-cited sources include the National Center for Education Statistics, the Common Data Set Initiative, and Peterson's. In addition to firm standards for source material, we strictly adhere to the following editorial guidelines:

  • We never include a school in a ranking or guide based on an advertising agreement with that institution.
  • We never give preferential treatment to any school for any reason. Each school undergoes the same comprehensive assessment, and every guide and ranking is based on final scores from our evaluations.
  • Because we place such a high value on editorial independence and transparency, we continually evaluate our editorial content to ensure it is accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date. We hold our contributors to the highest standards of journalistic integrity and excellence.
  • Schools must be currently and fully accredited at the national or regional level to be considered for a ranking. This measure provides our findings with an extra layer of quality assurance.

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