2019 Most Affordable Online Nursing Master's Programs

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These online colleges are the 26 most affordable options for students pursuing online master's degrees in nursing. The average tuition for this list is $6,022 per year. Georgia Southern University ranks first, with a low tuition rate of $4,155 annually. Ranked #17, The University of Texas at Arlington offers the greatest number of specializations. Students can choose from 8 programs such as an MSN with a concentration in Nursing Education or Nursing Administration.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $4,155
#2 #2 Texas A & M University-Texarkana Annual Tuition $4,237
#3 #3 Middle Georgia State University Annual Tuition $4,590
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,179
#5 #5 Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,400
#6 #6 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $5,454
#7 #7 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,525
#8 #8 Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Annual Tuition $5,610
#9 #9 Lamar University Annual Tuition $5,806
#10 #10 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $5,861
#11 #11 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,910
#12 #12 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,924
#13 #13 Morningside College Annual Tuition $6,095
#14 #14 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Annual Tuition $6,154
#15 #15 United States University Annual Tuition $6,175
#16 #16 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $6,460
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) University of Central Arkansas Annual Tuition $6,500
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $6,500
#19 #19 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,584
#20 #20 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,738
#21 #21 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $6,754
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Columbus State University Annual Tuition $6,930
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Georgia Southwestern State University Annual Tuition $6,930
#24 #24 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $6,950
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Ball State University Annual Tuition $7,076
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Delta State University Annual Tuition $7,076
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,155
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,668
  • Example Classes:
    Chronic Care Management and Advanced Health Assessment Capstone; Complementary Therapies; Complex Nursing Concepts; Critical Inquiry - Research; Differential Diagnoses, Pathology and Scientific Medical Terminology; Differential Diagnoses, Pathology and Scientific Medical Terminology
  • Annual Tuition: $4,237
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 476
  • Example Classes:
    Community Health Nursing Practice for the RN; Health Assessment Across the Life Span for the RN; Healthcare Economics & Finance; Healthcare Law, Ethics & Policy; Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice for the RN; Management of Complex Systems in Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,590
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 72
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment/Diagnostic Reasoning; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology/Therapeutic Interventions; Concepts of Adult and Gerontological Nursing Care; Concepts of Community Health and Transcultural Nursing Care; Concepts of Mental Health Nursing Care
  • Annual Tuition: $5,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • Example Classes:
    Health Promotion; Healthcare Policy & Cost for the RN; Holistic Perspective and Health Potential; Informatics for the RN; Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare; Nursing Complexity in Health Care Organizations
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 447
  • Example Classes:
    Health Assessment; Nursing Research; Pathophysiology
  • Annual Tuition: $5,454
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 515
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacology; Assessment, Measurement, & Evaluation in Nursing Education; Clinical Practice Immersion for Nurse Educators; Cultural Immersion - A Healthcare Experience; Curriculum Development in Nursing Education; Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Annual Tuition: $5,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics; Applications of Advanced Pathophysiology; Health Policy to Improve Health Disparities; Population Health Management Education Practicum; Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective
  • Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,422
  • Example Classes:
    Biostatistics/Epidemiology; Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice; Healthcare Finance and Budgeting; Organizational Behavioral and Leadership for Nurse Executives; Quality and Safety for Nurse Executives
  • Annual Tuition: $5,806
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,693
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Issues; Direct & Control Healthcare Delivery; Financial Accounting; Marketing Concepts; Planning/Organizational Healthcare Delivery
  • Annual Tuition: $5,861
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,654
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Assessment - Lifespan Clinical Laboratory; Advanced Concepts in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Cultural Competence in Health Care; Health Operations and Financial Management for Nurse Leaders; Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics; Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan: Application to Advanced Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $5,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • Example Classes:
    Community Health for Registered Nurses; Complex Client Systems for Registered Nurses; Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes; Fiscal Resource Management; Human Relations Management; Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing for Registered Nurses
  • Annual Tuition: $5,924
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,202
  • Example Classes:
    Graduate Statistics; Methods of Research in Nursing; Organizational Leadership in Complex Health Systems; Teaching Theory in Nursing; Theories of Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $6,095
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,581
  • Example Classes:
    Education in Practice; Healthcare Policy/Economics; Management of Care in Environment; Management of Clinical Outcomes; Quality, Safety, Informatics; Statistics in Advanced Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $6,154
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 179
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Educators; Advanced Physio/Patho; Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology; Caring Health Practices for the Older Adult; Caring Practices within the Leadership Role; Conceptual Foundations of Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $6,175
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 187
  • 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: $6,460
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 345
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Professional Role; Evidence-Based Client Care Management; Health Care Finance/Policy/Economics; Issues and Trends in Post-Secondary Education; Theoretical Frameworks
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,871
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Immersion for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners; Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion; Clinical Specialty for the Nurse Educator; Complex Primary Care of Adults for Family and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners; Healthcare Quality and Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,507
  • 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: $6,584
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,032
  • Example Classes:
    Application to Technology; Community Nursing for the RN; Computing and Instructional Design; Concepts in Professional Nursing; Contemporary Nursing; Family Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $6,738
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,419
  • Example Classes:
    Community Health Nursing; Economics and Nursing; Educational Psychology; Foundations of Professional Nursing; Instructional Design; Integrated Concepts of Disease Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,754
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,684
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacology; Contemporary Healthcare Ethics; Diagnostics and Procedures; Nursing Theory for the Advanced Practice Role; The Politics of Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,618
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Statistics and Data Mining; Clinical Decision Support Systems; Health Care Delivery Systems; Health Information and Exchange Standards & Models; Information Technology in Heath Care; Principles of Leadership & Management within Health Care Organizations
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 396
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Information Technology in Health; Management of Human Resources in Health Care; Research for Evidenced Based Nursing Practice; Theory for Graduate Nursing Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $6,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,260
  • Example Classes:
    Biology of Aging; Health Care Law and Ethical Decision Making; Health Policy & Global Health; Personnel and Organizational Management; Quality Improvement & Patient Safety; Social Gerontology

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,076
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,987
  • Example Classes:
    Curricular Designs in Nursing; Data Analysis in Nursing Research; Nursing Concepts in Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention in Populations; Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Clinical Practice; Practicum of Role Expectations
  • Annual Tuition: $7,076
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 821
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics; Basic Pathophysiology; Community Health Nursing; Comprehensive Health Assessment; Informatics in Clinical Practice
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