2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Nursing

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The schools on this list of most affordable nursing master's degrees have tuitions ranging from $4,386 at Middle Georgia State University to $28,120 at Texas Christian University. Some of these schools offer unique dual degree program options, such as twelfth-ranked Benedictine University's Dual MSN/MBA, while a number of them also offer specialties such as nurse educator or public health, both available at Cedarville University (#6).

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2016 rankings of the most affordable online nursing degrees, including undergraduate options. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Middle Georgia State University Annual Tuition $4,386
#2 #2 Western Michigan University Annual Tuition $9,261
#3 #3 University of Saint Mary Annual Tuition $9,568
#4 #4 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $9,814
#5 #5 Spring Hill College Annual Tuition $9,912
#6 #6 Cedarville University Annual Tuition $10,811
#7 #7 Rasmussen College Online Annual Tuition $12,640
#8 #8 Lynchburg College Annual Tuition $12,750
#9 #9 Spring Arbor University Online Annual Tuition $12,800
#10 #10 Saint Xavier University Annual Tuition $12,960
#11 #11 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $13,056
#12 #12 Benedictine University Annual Tuition $13,600
#13 #13 Tennessee Tech University Annual Tuition $14,976
#14 #14 Southern New Hampshire University Online Grad Annual Tuition $15,048
#15 #15 Mercy College Annual Tuition $15,156
#16 #16 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Annual Tuition $15,372
#17 #17 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Annual Tuition $16,650
#18 #18 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $17,781
#19 #19 Herzing University-Atlanta Annual Tuition $17,820
#20 #20 National American University Online - Grad Annual Tuition $18,800
#21 #21 Keiser University eCampus Annual Tuition $19,188
#22 #22 DePaul University Annual Tuition $19,720
#23 #23 University of San Francisco Annual Tuition $20,100
#24 #24 Concordia University-Irvine Annual Tuition $21,120
#25 #25 Texas Christian University Annual Tuition $28,120
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,386
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACEN
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • 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: $9,261
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Teaching & Evaluation in Health Disciplines; Curriculum & Teaching of Theory in Health Disciplines; Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing; Methods for Measuring Quality in Health & Education Systems; Professional Inquiry: Qualitative & Quantitative Methods

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,568
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis and Utilization of Research; Communication and Relationship Building; Health Care Policy and Ethics; Quality and Safety; Statistics for Health Care; Topics in Health Care Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,814
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment Advance Practice Nurses; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics; Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis, Management I
  • Annual Tuition: $9,912
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacology; Ethics in Healthcare; Health Policy; Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,811
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice; Global Health and Vulnerable Populations; Healthcare Economics and Policy; Phiolosophy and Theology of Health Healing and Illness; Physiology, Patho, and Genomics; Professional Role Development and Health Care Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $12,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Holistic Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; The Art of Influencing Policy; The Impact of Ethics on Decision-Making in Healthcare; Transitioning to a Nurse Scholar
  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Thinking in Medicine III; Nursing Informatics and Health Care Technologies; Organizational Behavior and Microsystem Management In Healthcare; Population Health Strategies; Social and Cultural Aspects of Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $12,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, ACEN, and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication, Culture, Collaboration, and Conflict in Health Care; Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care; Health Care Systems and Financing; Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes; Nursing Inquiry; Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $13,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Leadership and Policy in a Multicultural World; Analytical Business Applications & Leadership Skills for Advanced Practice Nursing; Global Initiatives in Healthcare, Changing World; Seminar in Conflict Management & Ethics of Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, ACEN, and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Physical Assessment; Evaluation Strategies and Methods in Nursing Practice; Instructional Strategies in Nursing Practice; Learning and Curriculum Development in Nursing Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $14,976
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Research; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Role Development; Healthcare Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $15,048
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment; Biostatistics; Evidence-Based Practice; Global Health and Diversity; Health Policy and Law; Healthcare Quality and Improvement
  • Annual Tuition: $15,156
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Computer Technology; Health Policy; Healthcare and Human Resource Management for Nurse Administrator
  • Annual Tuition: $15,372
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACEN
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Management Of Older Adults; Specific Issues Adult Life Span; Theories In Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Development in Nursing Education; Evaluation Approaches in Nursing Education; Instructional Design in Nursing Education; Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Care; Measurement and Assessment; Nursing Research Methods

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,781
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, ACEN, and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Quality and Safety; Critique and Utilization of Research in Nursing Administration; Financial Management in Healthcare; Information Technology in Nursing Administration; Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Negotiation; Role of Nursing Administration in Quality and Safety
  • Annual Tuition: $17,820
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment; Health Policy and Management; Health Promotion Across the Life Span; Organizational Systems and Behaviors; Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice; Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $18,800
  • School Type: N/A
  • School Accreditation: HLC, ACEN, and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice; Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/ Pathophysiology; Leading the Organization I: Communication, Culture and Change; Online Nursing Education; Simulation in Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $19,188
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, ABHES, ACEN, and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Health Systems, Policy, and Resource Management; Human Diversity, Global Health, and Social Issues; Leadership and Professional Development in Nursing; Nursing Theory for Practice; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Annual Tuition: $19,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment; Biostatistics and Applied Epidemiology; Family and Community; Nursing Professionalism, Advocacy and Leadership; Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology; Theoretical Components of Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Across the Lifespan; Community Health Nursing; Epidemiology; Healthcare Policy and Ethics; Healthcare Systems Leadership; Nursing Inquiry

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health and Physical Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Applied Statistics for Nurses; Health Care Context and Organizational Systems Leadership; Nursing Research: Integrating Scholarship into Practice; Nursing Theory: Translating Scholarship into Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $28,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CCNE
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Nursing Research and Theory; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics; Financial Concepts in Health Care; Health Care Policy, Law, and Ethics
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