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Master’s Degrees in Nursing

51,213 Yearly Graduations
$93,100 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 665 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 32% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 51,213 earned their master's degree in nursing. This earns it the #1 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
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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in nursing is $93,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $88,400 to a high of $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 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, $55,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $34,222.

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The median monthly payment of a nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $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 Degrees 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*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekinga master's degree is Walden University. 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, 3,551 master's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Walden University. About 87% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

The 2nd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Chamberlain University - Illinois. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,407 people received their master's degree in nursing from Chamberlain - Illinois. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#3

Western Governors University

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

Western Governors University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 136,100 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,259 master's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at WGU. About 92% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#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. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,925 people received their master's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

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's online programs. Roughly 6,100 attend the school each year. 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's online programs. About 88% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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. Roughly 48,600 attend the school each year. 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 degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Maryville University of Saint Louis

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

Maryville University of Saint Louis comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in nursing. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. 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 degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#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. 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.

The nursing program at University of South Alabama awarded 744 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#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 degrees in nursing. Roughly 22,000 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 643 people received their master's degree in nursing from UAB. Of these students, 86% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 94,700 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 640 master's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UOPX - Arizona. Of these students, 89% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

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

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Each year, around 38,100 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.

The nursing program at Kaplan University-Indianapolis awarded 625 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#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. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 621 master's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Frontier Nursing University. About 96% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Simmons University

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

Simmons University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 6,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#14

Capella University

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

Capella University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in nursing. 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 509 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

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

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 39,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The nursing program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 483 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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 degrees in nursing. Each year, around 11,400 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.

The nursing program at Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global awarded 421 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#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 24,200 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 degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#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. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 349 master's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Vanderbilt. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#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 26,800 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.

The nursing program at Stony Brook University awarded 337 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#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. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 318 master's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UPenn. About 89% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Registered Nursing 17,491
Family Practice Nursing 13,773
Nursing Administration 7,493
Nursing Research & Other 1,922
Nursing Science 1,652

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

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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