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Doctor’s Degree in Nursing

8,781 Yearly Graduations
$109,000 Median Salary
$58,114 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in nursing is offered at 394 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 30% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.5% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8,781 students earned their doctor's degree in nursing. This makes it the 5th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Doctor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in nursing is $109,000. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $99,700 to a high of $124,200.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in nursing is $58,114. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $73,263 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $41,166.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $677.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in nursing. About 86.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,166
Women 7,615
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degree in Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of nursing doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 579
Black or African American 1,298
Hispanic or Latino 520
White 5,602
International Students 130
Other Races/Ethnicities 652
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Doctor's Degree Students

There are 394 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

287 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,890 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 287 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Chamberlain - Illinois. Of these students, 90% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
214 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Walden University. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The nursing program at Walden University awarded 214 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#3

Rush University

Chicago, Illinois
199 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rush University. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,236 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,116 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 199 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Rush University Medical Center. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
194 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 83,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 194 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
157 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Alabama comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 15,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

The nursing program at University of South Alabama awarded 157 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#6

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
151 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Frontier Nursing University. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Frontier Nursing University awarded 151 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
139 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 49,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The nursing program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick awarded 139 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#8

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
138 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is American Sentinel University. Roughly 2,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,540 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 138 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at American Sentinel University. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#9

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
135 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Maryland - Baltimore. Roughly 6,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,132 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from University of Maryland - Baltimore. Of these students, 92% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
127 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 43,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Arizona. Of these students, 76% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

127 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Roughly 46,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UW Seattle. Of these students, 88% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
126 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 36,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

The nursing program at Capella University awarded 126 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 98% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
113 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 30,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

The nursing program at University of Illinois at Chicago awarded 113 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
110 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 110 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UMN Twin Cities. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#15

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
109 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of North Florida. Roughly 16,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,996 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,978 per year.

The nursing program at University of North Florida awarded 109 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
100 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Utah. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from U of U. About 76% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
91 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Creighton University. Each year, around 8,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,128 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Creighton. Of these students, 87% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
87 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Duke University. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Duke. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

87 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,390 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,099 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UTHSC. Of these students, 89% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
84 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,219 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UNC Greensboro. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer doctor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,374

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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