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Doctor’s Degrees in Nursing

8,781 Yearly Graduations
$109,000 Median Salary
$58,114 Median Debt
There are 394 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a doctor's degree in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 30% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.5% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 8,781 earned their doctor's degree in nursing. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular doctor'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
Bachelor’s Degree 154,540
Associate’s Degree 83,213
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386
Undergraduate Certificate 2,700
Basic Certificate 1,476

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in nursing is $109,000. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

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 Degrees 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. Roughly 27,700 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 287 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 90% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Walden University

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

Walden University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 48,400 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 214 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Walden University. Of these students, 91% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Rush University

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

Rush University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The nursing program at Rush University awarded 199 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#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 degrees in nursing. Each year, around 96,200 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.

The nursing program at Grand Canyon University awarded 194 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 93% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#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 degrees in nursing. Each year, around 14,300 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 157 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from USA. Of these students, 89% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Frontier Nursing University

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

Frontier Nursing University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Frontier Nursing University. About 91% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#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 degrees in nursing. Each year, around 50,100 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 139 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 85% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

American Sentinel University

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

American Sentinel University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 degrees were handed out to nursing majors at American Sentinel University. Of these students, 97% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#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 6,800 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 UMB. About 92% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#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 degrees in nursing. Each year, around 44,500 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.

The nursing program at University of Arizona awarded 127 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 47,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UW Seattle. About 88% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Capella University

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

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Capella University. Roughly 37,800 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.

The nursing program at Capella University awarded 126 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 98% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#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 32,300 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 113 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UIC. Of these students, 93% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 51,300 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 110 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UMN Twin Cities. Of these students, 88% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of North Florida

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

University of North Florida is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 17,100 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 109 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UNF. About 83% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Utah

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

University of Utah is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. 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.

The nursing program at University of Utah awarded 100 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#17

Creighton University

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

Creighton University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 8,800 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. About 87% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Duke University

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

Duke University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 16,600 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Duke. Of these students, 90% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UTHSC. About 89% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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

University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 20,100 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UNC Greensboro. Of these students, 83% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing Practice 4,735
Registered Nursing 1,045
Nursing Science 868
Nurse Anesthetist 567
Family Practice Nursing 553

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

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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