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Master’s Degree in Nursing

51,213 Yearly Graduations
$93,100 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
A master's degree in nursing is offered at 665 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 32% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.7% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 51,213 students earned their master's degree in nursing. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in nursing is $93,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $88,400 and the high is $100,350.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in nursing is $41,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $55,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $34,222.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in nursing. About 87.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 6,384
Women 44,829
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,703
Black or African American 6,438
Hispanic or Latino 4,844
White 31,065
International Students 369
Other Races/Ethnicities 4,794
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Master's Degree Students

There are 665 colleges that offer a master’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
3,551 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 49,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,551 people received their master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

3,407 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in nursing. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. 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.

The nursing program at Chamberlain University - Illinois awarded 3,407 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
3,259 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Western Governors University. Each year, around 98,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,259 people received their master's degree in nursing from WGU. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
1,925 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. 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.

The nursing program at Grand Canyon University awarded 1,925 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

1,216 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is South University - Savannah Online. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,800 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,216 people received their master's degree in nursing from South University - Savannah Online. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

1,183 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Texas at Arlington. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

The nursing program at The University of Texas at Arlington awarded 1,183 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#7

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
814 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Maryville University of Saint Louis. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,346 per year.

The nursing program at Maryville University of Saint Louis awarded 814 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
744 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Alabama is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in nursing. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 744 master's degree were handed out to nursing majors at USA. About 87% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
643 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Alabama at Birmingham comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in nursing. Roughly 20,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,100 per year.

The nursing program at University of Alabama at Birmingham awarded 643 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 86% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

640 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Each year, around 103,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

The nursing program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 640 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
625 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University-Indianapolis comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in nursing. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 625 people received their master's degree in nursing from Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#12

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
621 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Frontier Nursing University. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 621 people received their master's degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#13

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts
592 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Simmons University. Roughly 6,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,654 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 592 people received their master's degree in nursing from Simmons. Of these students, 94% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
509 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in nursing. Roughly 36,200 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 509 master's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Capella University. Of these students, 91% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

483 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 483 people received their master's degree in nursing from Cincinnati. About 87% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

421 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in nursing. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,083 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 421 people received their master's degree in nursing from IWU. Of these students, 90% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
358 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in nursing. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

The nursing program at Drexel University awarded 358 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
349 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Vanderbilt University. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 349 people received their master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt. Of these students, 89% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
337 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stony Brook University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in nursing. Each year, around 25,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 337 master's degree were handed out to nursing majors at SUNY Stony Brook. Of these students, 90% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
318 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in nursing. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 318 people received their master's degree in nursing from UPenn. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Health 15,589
Health/Medical Admin Services 13,435
Mental & Social Health Services 13,051
Allied Health Professions 10,882
Rehabilitation Professions 9,279

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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