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#17 Most Popular State/Terr. for Grad Students
58 Colleges
26,084 Yearly Graduations
$49,010 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)

In terms of graduate completions, North Carolina is ranked #17 in the nation with 26,084 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. Students who reside in North Carolina can take advantage of in-state graduate tuition at some schools. This averages about $12,252 statewide. The average out-of-state tuition is $16,032.

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

#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,225 Yearly Degrees
$55,680 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Duke handed out 4,225 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #1 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 Duke University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $55,680 $55,680
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,208 $1,208
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $3,230 $3,230

#2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
3,583 Yearly Degrees
$10,552 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, UNC Chapel Hill handed out 3,583 graduate degrees. This makes it the #2 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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $10,552 $28,278
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $1,970 $1,970
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $517 $1,386

#3

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
3,432 Yearly Degrees
$9,095 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, NC State ranked #3 in terms of popularity with 3,432 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for North Carolina State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $9,095 $26,421
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,578 $2,578
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $446 $1,295

#4

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,061 Yearly Degrees
$4,337 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte was ranked the #4 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 2,061 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 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,337 $17,771
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $3,093 $3,093
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $413 $1,159

#5

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,792 Yearly Degrees
$4,749 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, ECU ranked #5 in terms of popularity with 1,792 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for East Carolina University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,749 $17,898
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,786 $2,786
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $297 $1,119

#6

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,278 Yearly Degrees
$38,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Wake Forest University ranked #6 in terms of popularity with 1,278 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 Wake Forest University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $38,650 $38,650
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $550 $550
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $1,465 $1,465

#7

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,131 Yearly Degrees
$5,219 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

UNC Greensboro handed out 1,131 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #7 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 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $5,219 $18,937
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,981 $2,981
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $652 $2,367

#8

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
791 Yearly Degrees
$4,719 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, UNCW handed out 791 graduate degrees. This makes it the #8 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 University of North Carolina at Wilmington

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,719 $18,548
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,738 $2,738
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $326 $1,099

#9

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
784 Yearly Degrees
$4,839 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Appalachian State ranked #9 in terms of popularity with 784 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 Appalachian State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,839 $18,271
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $3,137 $3,137
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $237 $896

#10

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
676 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Gardner - Webb ranked #10 in terms of popularity with 676 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 Gardner - Webb University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $9,000 $9,000
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $50 $50
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $500 $500

#11

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
669 Yearly Degrees
$13,330 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Campbell ranked #11 in terms of popularity with 669 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 Campbell University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $13,330 $13,330
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $713 $713
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $741 $741

#12

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
622 Yearly Degrees
$4,435 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, WCU ranked #12 in terms of popularity with 622 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for Western Carolina University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,435 $14,842
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,979 $2,979
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $410 $1,168

#13

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
585 Yearly Degrees
$4,740 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, North Carolina Central University handed out 585 graduate degrees. This makes it the #13 most popular school in the state in this category. 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 North Carolina Central University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,740 $17,694
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,806 $2,806
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $593 $2,054

#14

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
469 Yearly Degrees
$4,745 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, NC A&T ranked #14 in terms of popularity with 469 graduate degrees handed out in 2019. These are the average costs for students attending the school, based on recent data.

Average Tuition and Fees for North Carolina A & T State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,745 $17,545
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $3,117 $3,117
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $264 $975

#15

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
420 Yearly Degrees
$5,472 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, SEBTS ranked #15 in terms of popularity with 420 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 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $640 $640
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $304 $304

#16

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
367 Yearly Degrees
$13,824 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Queens handed out 367 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #16 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 Queens University of Charlotte

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $13,824 $13,824
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $566 $566
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $768 $768

#17

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
328 Yearly Degrees
$11,430 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Wingate University was ranked the #17 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 328 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 Wingate University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,430 $11,430
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $635 $635

#18

Strayer University - North Carolina

Morrisville, North Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
309 Yearly Degrees
$14,940 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Strayer University - North Carolina handed out 309 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #18 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 Strayer University - North Carolina

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $14,940 $14,940
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $195 $195
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $553 $553

#19

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
275 Yearly Degrees
$16,178 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, Elon handed out 275 graduate degrees. This makes it the #19 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 Elon University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $16,178 $16,178
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $898 $898

#20

Lenoir - Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
265 Yearly Degrees
$10,980 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Lenoir - Rhyne University handed out 265 graduate degrees in 2019, making it the #20 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 Lenoir - Rhyne University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $10,980 $10,980
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $0 $0
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $610 $610

#21

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
239 Yearly Degrees
$4,280 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, UNCP handed out 239 graduate degrees. This makes it the #21 most popular school in the state in this category. 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 North Carolina at Pembroke

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $4,280 $16,344
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,490 $2,490
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $230 $879

#22

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
201 Yearly Degrees
$3,438 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Out of the 58 schools in the state that offer graduate programs, Fayetteville State University ranked #22 in terms of popularity with 201 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 Fayetteville State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $3,438 $14,503
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,292 $2,292
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $205 $458

#23

Meredith College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
192 Yearly Degrees
$11,479 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Meredith College was ranked the #23 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 192 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 Meredith College

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $11,479 $11,479
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $150 $150
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $723 $723

#24

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
184 Yearly Degrees
$12,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

Pfeiffer University was ranked the #24 most popular graduate school in the state in 2019. All in all, 184 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 Pfeiffer 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 $700 $700

#25

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
152 Yearly Degrees
$3,872 Yearly Tuition (In-State)

In 2019, WSSU handed out 152 graduate degrees. This makes it the #25 most popular school in the state in this category. 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 Winston - Salem State University

In-State Out-of-State
Avg. Full Time Graduate Tuition $3,872 $13,987
Avg. Required Fees for Full-Time Grad Students $2,540 $2,540
Part-Time per Credit Hour Tuition for Grad Students $484 $1,748

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Methodist University 125
26 High Point University 125
28 University of Mount Olive 117
29 Piedmont International University 80
30 Montreat College 53
31 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 51
32 Greensboro College 48
33 Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts 43
34 Johnson C Smith University 42
34 Warren Wilson College 42
36 Hood Theological Seminary 37
36 Barton College 37
38 DeVry University - North Carolina 32
39 Salem College 30
40 Shaw University 29
41 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 27
42 Shepherds Theological Seminary 19
43 Elizabeth City State University 18
44 South University - High Point 17
45 Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine 12
45 St. Andrews University 12
47 North Carolina Wesleyan College 11
48 University of Phoenix - North Carolina 10
49 University of North Carolina at Asheville 8
50 Guilford College 6
50 Mars Hill University 6
52 Catawba College 5
52 Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary 5
52 Chowan University 5
55 Grace College of Divinity 1
55 Carolina Christian College 1
57 Lees - McRae College 0
57 Carolina College of Biblical Studies 0

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