2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Master's in Nursing Degrees

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These online colleges are the 25 most affordable options for students pursuing online master's degrees in nursing. All of the schools included in the list have tuition rates under $11,000 per year. Fort Hays State University ranks first, with a low tuition rate of $5,053 annually. Students at Fort Hays State University can choose between master's level concentrations in nursing education and nursing administration. Multiple schools on the list, including William Carey University and California University of Pennsylvania, offer dual MBA/MSN degree programs.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in nursing degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,053
#2 #2 Middle Georgia State University Annual Tuition $5,610
#3 #3 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,784
#4 #4 Marshall University Annual Tuition $5,904
#5 #5 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,444
#6 (tie) #6 (tie) The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $6,500
#6 (tie) #6 (tie) Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,500
#8 #8 United States University Annual Tuition $7,125
#9 #9 West Texas A & M University Annual Tuition $7,255
#10 #10 American Public University System Annual Tuition $7,700
#11 #11 William Carey University Annual Tuition $7,770
#12 #12 Baker University Annual Tuition $8,000
#13 #13 Tabor College Annual Tuition $8,709
#14 #14 Oklahoma Wesleyan University Annual Tuition $8,875
#15 #15 Cleveland State University Annual Tuition $9,062
#16 #16 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,180
#17 #17 Urbana University Annual Tuition $9,450
#18 #18 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,612
#19 #19 Liberty University Annual Tuition $9,660
#20 #20 Queens University of Charlotte Annual Tuition $9,690
#21 #21 Frostburg State University Annual Tuition $9,846
#22 #22 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,856
#23 #23 McKendree University Annual Tuition $9,975
#24 #24 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $10,254
#25 #25 Rivier University Annual Tuition $10,260
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,053
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,379
  • Example Classes:
    Holistic Perspective and Health Potential; Nursing Complexity in Health Care Organizations; Primary Health Promotion Across the Lifespan; Research in Nursing; Selected Studies in Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment/Diagnostic Reasoning; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology/Therapeutic Interventions; Leadership/Management & Healthcare Policy; Quality/Safety/Improvement Processes; Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $5,784
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,394
  • Example Classes:
    Graduate Statistics; Methods of Research in Nursing; Organizational Leadership in Complex Health Systems; Teaching Theory in Nursing; Theories of Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,904
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,103
  • Example Classes:
    Application to Technology; Computing and Instructional Design; Financial Strategies in Nursing Administration; Nursing Internet in Classroom Teaching; Organizational Dynamics in Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $6,444
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,750
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Issues; Direct & Control Healthcare Delivery; Financial Accounting; Marketing Concepts; Planning/Organizational Healthcare Delivery
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,355
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning; Advanced Pathophysiology; Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing; Pediatric Assessment Lab; Pediatric Primary Care; Primary Complex Chronicity
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 15,769
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Professional Roles and Values; Care of the Older Adult; Health and Wellness Through Nutritional Science; Organizational Leadership and Interprofessional Team Development; Professional Leadership and Communication for Healthcare; Professional Presence and Influence
  • Annual Tuition: $7,125
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 243
  • Example Classes:
    Culture and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan; Entrepreneurship In Advanced Practice Nursing; Innovation in Healthcare Technology; Innovation in Organizational and Systems Leadership; Nursing Leadership and Health Policy; Transitions in Practice: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Annual Tuition: $7,255
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,211
  • Example Classes:
    Bioethics and Advocacy; Nursing Populations and Settings; Pharmacotherapeutics; Scholarly Clinical Praxis; Theories for Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,473
  • Example Classes:
    Healthcare Systems and Health Policy; Informatics and Technology; Leadership for Advanced Practice Roles; Population-Based Healthcare; Theory and Application to Nursing Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,770
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,737
  • Example Classes:
    Accounting for the Healthcare Decisions; Healthcare Finance; Human Resources Management and Fiscal Policy; Informatics in Nursing Education/ Introduction to Professional Writing; Teaching Advanced Assessment across the Lifespan
  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 970
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology; Health-Care Financing and Economics; Quality Improvement & Informatics Applications; Research, Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice; Role Development for Advanced Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,709
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 42
  • Example Classes:
    Building Effective Communication and Relationships; Financial Management and Resource Allocation in Health Care Systems; Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking; Professionalism and Executive Career Development
  • Annual Tuition: $8,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 298
  • Example Classes:
    Achieving Health in a Culturally Diverse World; Assessment Strategies for the Nursing Administrator: Practicum; Health Care Economics; Pathophysiology for the Graduate Nurse Educator; Transformational Nursing and Patient Education
  • Annual Tuition: $9,062
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,814
  • Example Classes:
    Forensic Methodologies; Introduction to Forensic Nursing: Crisis Theory; Population Assessment; Special Topics in Nursing; The Legal System
  • Annual Tuition: $9,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,069
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Finance; Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations; Human Resource Management; International Business Management; Principles of Microeconomics; Quantitative Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 226
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Research & Proposal Development; Advanced Physical Assessment; Organizational Foundations for Leading Change; Population-Focused Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $9,612
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,151
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Psychology; Instructional Design; Integrated Concepts of Disease Management; The Nurse Leader: New Perspectives on the Profession

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 30,631
  • Example Classes:
    Biostatistics; Database Design & Development; Health Data Analytics & Decision-Making; Health Information Systems & Integrated Technologies; Managing Population Health; Nursing Issues, Informatics & Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $9,690
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 645
  • Example Classes:
    Data Interpretations; Health Policy; Management of the Care Environment; Professionalism and Ethics in Clinical Leadership; Theoretical Foundations
  • Annual Tuition: $9,846
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 795
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health, Physiology, and Pharmacology; Evaluation and Assessment of Clinical Education; Health Finance; Healthcare Systems and Population; Nursing Informatics; Teaching & Learning Strategies

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,856
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,644
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Appraisals; Analyzing Evidence-based Practice for APN; Assessment and Intervention in Family Care; Theoretical Basis of Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $9,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 659
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology in Palliative Care; Advanced Pharmacology in Palliative Care; Communication and Listening in Palliative Care; Theories and Principles of Palliative Care
  • Annual Tuition: $10,254
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,711
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment Advance Practice Nurses; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics; Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis, Management I
  • Annual Tuition: $10,260
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,203
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Family Nursing Theory; Advanced Health Assessment; Biostatistics for the Health Sciences; Compliance and Risk Management in Healthcare Settings; Quality Healthcare Improvement
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