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2021 Best Nursing Master's Degree Schools in Indiana

18 Schools Ranked
$38,070 Avg Student Debt

With all the nursing programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also there are many trade schools and bpptcamp that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Nursing Master's Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. This report analyzed 18 schools in Indiana to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for nursing students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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Top Nursing Master's Degree Schools in Indiana

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#1

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
2,291 Total Awards
$9,992 Average Tuition & Fees
$30,577 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Purdue University - Main Campus to be the best school for nursing students who want to pursue a master’s degree in Indiana. Purdue is a public institution located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,291 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $30,577 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at Purdue, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 24% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#2

Goshen College

Goshen, Indiana
37 Total Awards
$29,048 Average Tuition & Fees
$36,331 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Goshen College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Goshen College is a very small private not-for-profit school located in Goshen, Indiana that handed out 37 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $36,331 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Goshen. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 7% took at least some of their classes online.

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1,646 Total Awards
$11,977 Average Tuition & Fees
$40,598 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Marion, Indiana is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 1,646 students in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from IWU accumulate an average of $40,598 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

IWU does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 83% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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180 Total Awards
$10,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$47,894 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne is a great place for nursing students working on their master’s degree. Fort Wayne, Indiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 180 students in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from University of St. Francis Fort Wayne accumulate an average of $47,894 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

University of St. Francis Fort Wayne does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 48% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#5

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
2,202 Total Awards
$9,512 Average Tuition & Fees
$29,559 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Ball State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in Muncie, Indiana, the large public school handed out 2,202 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $29,559 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Ball State does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 80% took at least some of their classes online.

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#6

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana
525 Total Awards
$10,046 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,776 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, University of Southern Indiana did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. USI is located in Evansville, Indiana and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 525 master’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, master’s degree students take out $26,776 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at USI. In 2017-2018 about 91% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#7

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana
221 Total Awards
$12,220 Average Tuition & Fees
$58,924 Avg Student Debt

Valparaiso 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 #7 on the list. Valparaiso University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Valparaiso, Indiana that handed out 221 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $58,924 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Valpo does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 29% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#8

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
432 Total Awards
$38,524 Average Tuition & Fees
$40,440 Avg Student Debt

University of Indianapolis landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree nursing programs. UIndy is a private not-for-profit institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 432 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $40,440 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at UIndy. In fact, around 33% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#9

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond, Indiana
341 Total Awards
$6,244 Average Tuition & Fees
$34,099 Avg Student Debt

Purdue University Northwest landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree nursing programs. This fairly large public school is located in Hammond, Indiana, and it awarded 341 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $34,099 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that Purdue Northwest does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 30% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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1,841 Total Awards
$9,947 Average Tuition & Fees
$43,226 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis ranked #10 on this year’s Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. IUPUI is a public institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school has a large population, and it awarded 1,841 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from IUPUI accumulate an average of $43,226 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

IUPUI does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 25% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#11

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana
554 Total Awards
$7,742 Average Tuition & Fees
$34,519 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #11, Indiana State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. This fairly large public school is located in Terre Haute, Indiana, and it awarded 554 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $34,519 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Indiana State does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 54% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#12

Indiana University - Kokomo

Kokomo, Indiana
59 Total Awards
$7,896 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,809 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Kokomo landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree nursing programs. Kokomo, Indiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out master’s degrees to 59 students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $26,809 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at IU Kokomo. In fact, around 26% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#13

Anderson University Indiana

Anderson, Indiana
77 Total Awards
$10,108 Average Tuition & Fees
$37,860 Avg Student Debt

Anderson University Indiana ranked #13 on this year’s Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in Anderson, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 77 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $37,860 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at Anderson University Indiana, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 52% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#14

Indiana University - South Bend

South Bend, Indiana
106 Total Awards
$7,896 Average Tuition & Fees
$42,532 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - South Bend ranked #14 on this year’s Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in South Bend, Indiana, the medium-sized public school awarded 106 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $42,532 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Indiana University - South Bend does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 32% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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182 Total Awards
$6,353 Average Tuition & Fees
$29,535 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne ranked #15 on this year’s Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the fairly large public school handed out 182 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $29,535 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 28% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#16

Bethel College - Mishawaka

Mishawaka, Indiana
89 Total Awards
$8,820 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,184 Avg Student Debt

Bethel College - Mishawaka came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. Bethel College Indiana is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 89 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,184 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that Bethel College Indiana does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 71% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#17

Indiana University - East

Richmond, Indiana
34 Total Awards
$7,896 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,774 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #17, Indiana University - East did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their master’s degree. IU East is a public institution located in Richmond, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 34 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $32,774 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since IU East does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 75% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#18

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
2,332 Total Awards
$9,603 Average Tuition & Fees
$50,018 Avg Student Debt

Kaplan University-Indianapolis came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the large public school awarded 2,332 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $50,018 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is an excellent choice, since graduate classes are offered online.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 18 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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