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Master’s Degrees in Registered Nursing

17,491 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A master's degree in registered nursing is offered at 313 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 30% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.1% of registered nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Registered Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 17,491 earned their master's degree in registered 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 registered nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 146,866
Associate’s Degree 81,677
Master’s Degree 17,491
Undergraduate Certificate 2,414
Basic Certificate 1,376
Doctor’s Degree 1,045
Graduate Certificate 410

Earnings of Registered Nursing Majors With Master’s Degrees

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for registered nursing majors with their master's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for registered nursing majors who have their master's degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in registered nursing. About 88.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,094
Women 15,397
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Registered Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,233
Black or African American 2,438
Hispanic or Latino 1,099
White 10,949
International Students 186
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,586
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Registered Nursing Master's Degree Students

There are 313 colleges that offer a master’s degree in registered 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 registered 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.

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

1,150 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in registered nursing. 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 registered nursing program at Chamberlain University - Illinois awarded 1,150 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of South Alabama

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

University of South Alabama is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in registered 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 registered 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.

#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
605 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for registered 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.

The registered nursing program at Grand Canyon University awarded 605 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#5

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
604 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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.

The registered nursing program at University of Alabama at Birmingham awarded 604 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#6

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
325 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 325 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from Drexel. About 91% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
316 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

The registered nursing program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 316 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
300 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgetown University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 300 master's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at Georgetown. About 92% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

249 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Each year, around 31,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

The registered nursing program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 249 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

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

The 10th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of South Florida - Main Campus. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 236 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from USF Tampa. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

231 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 231 master's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at Ohio State. About 83% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
218 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Arizona. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 218 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from University of Arizona. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
216 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their master's degree is DePaul University. Roughly 22,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 216 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from DePaul. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#14

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
183 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wilkes University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 4,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $35,814 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,104 per year.

The registered nursing program at Wilkes University awarded 183 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#15

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
169 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Azusa Pacific University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 9,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,592 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 169 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from Azusa Pacific. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#16

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
168 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gonzaga University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 7,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,672 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 168 master's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at Gonzaga. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#17

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
164 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Marquette University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 164 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from Marquette. Of these students, 88% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

156 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kent State University at Kent comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 27,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,602 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 156 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from Kent State. About 88% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
154 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Atlantic University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $2,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,467 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 154 master's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at FAU. Of these students, 92% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
153 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thomas Jefferson University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 8,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,420 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 people received their master's degree in registered nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Family Practice Nursing 13,773
Nursing Administration 7,493
Nursing Research & Other 1,922
Nursing Science 1,652
Nursing Education 1,542

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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