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2022 Best Value Nursing Master's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

581 Colleges
$6,707 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$97,473 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Master's Degree School for You

In 2019-2020, 313,362 degrees and certificates were awarded to nursing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are so many nursing programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Value Nursing Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 581 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for nursing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2022 Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Nursing Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Nursing

Our analysis found Denver College of Nursing to be the best value school for nursing students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Denver, Denver College of Nursing is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Denver College of Nursing are $1,806 per year.

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#2

Mount Marty University

Yankton, SD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Mount Marty University. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the remote town of Yankton, Mount Marty is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Mount Marty are $8,175 a year.

Mount Marty not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #4 on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Lincoln, NWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at NWU are $5,186 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, NWU is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#4

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of the Cumberlands. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Williamsburg, Cumberlands is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Cumberlands are $4,582 a year.

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#5

United States University

San Diego, CA

The excellent master’s degree programs at United States University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in the United States. Located in the large city of San Diego, USU is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at USU are $5,850 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USU also is in the top 15% of our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#6

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

With a ranking of #6, Fitchburg State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Fitchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Fitchburg State are $6,012 per year.

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#7

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. Worcester State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Worcester.

Worcester State graduate students pay an average of $5,796 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

With a ranking of #8, Otterbein University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Westerville, Otterbein is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Otterbein are $6,767 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Otterbein also did well on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Morningside College landed the #9 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value master’s degree nursing programs. Morningside is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Sioux City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Morningside are $0 a year.

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With a ranking of #10, Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Arecibo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo are $4,146 a year.

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Kentucky Christian University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the distant town of Grayson, Kentucky Christian University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Kentucky Christian University graduate students pay an average of $5,200 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

Newman University

Wichita, KS

With a ranking of #12, Newman University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Newman University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Wichita.

Newman University graduate students pay an average of $8,484 in tuition and fees each year.

Newman University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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American Sentinel University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Aurora, American Sentinel University is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

American Sentinel University graduate students pay an average of $6,920 in tuition and fees each year.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Winona, SMU MN is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at SMU MN are $0 per year.

SMU MN excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#15

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. Saint Vincent is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Latrobe.

Saint Vincent graduate students pay an average of $14,310 in tuition and fees each year.

Saint Vincent did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Peoria, St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing are $8,730 a year.

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With a ranking of #17, York College of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of York, YCP is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

YCP graduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, YCP also did well on our Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value master’s degree nursing programs. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public college with a large student population.

Minnesota State Mankato graduate students pay an average of $8,788 in tuition and fees each year.

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#19

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR

Universidad del Turabo landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value master’s degree nursing programs. Universidad del Turabo is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Gurabo.

Universidad del Turabo graduate students pay an average of $3,552 in tuition and fees each year.

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#20

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI

With a ranking of #20, Spring Arbor University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Spring Arbor, Spring Arbor is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Spring Arbor are $8,232 per year.

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#21

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX

MSU Texas came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Wichita Falls, MSU Texas is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

MSU Texas graduate students pay an average of $7,935 in tuition and fees each year.

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#22

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Stevenson University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Stevenson are $0 a year.

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Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Fayette, CMU CGES is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at CMU CGES are $6,435 a year.

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Southwest Baptist University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Southwest Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Bolivar.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Southwest Baptist University are $5,423 per year.

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Baptist Health System School of Health Professions came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Baptist Health System School of Health Professions is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Antonio.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Baptist Health System School of Health Professions are $8,528 a year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Nursing Master's Degree Schools

#26

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#28

Hampton University

Hampton, VA
#30

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#31

Clarkson College

Omaha, NE
#32

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH
#33

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
#35

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#36

Research College of Nursing

Kansas City, MO
#39

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#40

Midway University

Midway, KY
#46

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
#48

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Nursing Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 581 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
51 Wheeling University Wheeling, WV
53 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
54 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
55 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
56 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
57 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
58 Illinois State University Normal, IL
59 Winona State University Winona, MN
60 Harding University Searcy, AR
60 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Guayama Guayama, PR
62 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
63 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
64 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
65 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
66 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - El Paso El-Paso, TX
67 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
68 Tusculum University Greeneville, TN
69 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
70 Salem State University Salem, MA
70 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
72 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
73 Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
73 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
75 University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
76 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
77 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
78 Bluefield College Bluefield, VA
79 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
80 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
81 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
82 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
82 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
84 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
85 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
86 Union University Jackson, TN
87 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Nursing Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
88 Lourdes University Sylvania, OH
89 Russell Sage College Troy, NY
90 Rivier University Nashua, NH
91 Seattle University Seattle, WA
92 Briar Cliff University Sioux City, IA
92 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
94 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
94 Bethel University - Mishawaka Mishawaka, IN
96 Albany Medical College Albany, NY
97 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
98 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
99 Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
100 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
101 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
102 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
103 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
103 Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS
105 American International College Springfield, MA
105 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
105 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
105 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
109 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
109 University of Saint Mary Leavenworth, KS
111 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
112 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
112 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
114 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
115 Villanova University Villanova, PA
116 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS

Nursing by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 259,493
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 16,802
Nursing Administration 8,073
Nursing Practice 7,550
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 5,655
Nursing Science 4,637
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1,952
Nurse Anesthetist 1,883
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,812
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,588
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 665
Critical Care Nursing 583
School Nursing 524
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 509
Clinical Nurse Leader 415
Clinical Nurse Specialist 384
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 304
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 172
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 51
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 43
Palliative Care Nursing 8
Forensic Nursing 6

Related Major Annual Graduates
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 86,912

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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