2020 Most Affordable Online MSN Programs

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Ranked by affordability, these 25 schools all offer online low-cost master's degrees in nursing. In first place, Northeastern State University is the most affordable school, with a tuition rate of $4,048. Students can choose from three concentrations: Administrative Leadership in Nursing, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics. Ranked #2, Tennessee State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing - Holistic Nursing at a tuition rate of $4,294 annually.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $4,048
# 2 #2 $4,294
# 3 #3 $4,428
# 4 #4 $4,700
# 5 #5 $4,900
# 6 #6 $4,986
# 7 #7 $5,105
# 8 #8 $5,179
# 9 #9 $5,610
# 10 #10 $5,736
# 11 #11 $5,776
# 12 #12 $5,806
# 13 #13 $6,055
# 14 #14 $6,060
# 15 #15 $6,220
# 16 #16 $6,297
# 17 (tie) #17 (tie) $6,300
# 17 (tie) #17 (tie) $6,300
# 19 #19 $6,438
# 20 #20 $6,460
# 21 #21 $6,500
# 22 (tie) #22 (tie) $6,600
# 22 (tie) #22 (tie) $6,600
# 24 #24 $6,630
# 25 #25 $6,755
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,048
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,167
  • Example Classes: Advanced Research and Evidenced Based Practice for Health Professionals; Cultural Competency: Regional and Global Perspectives; Healthcare Finance & Economics; Leadership Development for the Advanced Nursing Professional; Organizational & Systems Management in Nursing

Northeastern State University (NSU) offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics. Both accelerated online programs require 32 credit hours (11 courses) and can be completed in 12 months. The curriculum includes 18 credits of core courses that focus on advanced research and evidence-based practice, a two-credit practicum, and 12 credits of Nursing Informatics or Nursing Education courses. To graduate, students in both tracks complete a 120-hour practicum in the field with a mentor and a capstone master's project or thesis. Coursework for Nursing Informatics aligns with the American Organization of Nurse Executives' standards, and the Nursing Education option aligns with the standards set by the National League for Nursing.

Online coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. Online courses have assignment deadlines, course attendance requirements, and group collaboration. NSU offers a pay-by-the-course tuition model for the online MSN program. Distance learners have access to electronic library resources, research and clinical databases, veteran services, tutoring, technical support, academic advising, and financial and career services.

To be considered, students must have a current RN license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must submit a completed application, official transcripts, required credentials, and supplemental information.

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S.N.
  • M.S.N. - Administrative Leadership in Nursing
  • M.S.N. - Nursing Education
  • M.S.N. - Nursing Informatics
  • Annual Tuition: $4,294
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,653
  • Example Classes: Advanced Holistic Nursing Practicum; Health Policy; Interventions; Pharmacotherapeutics; Role Development

Tennessee State University (TSU) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner and Holistic Nursing. Both programs require 45 credit hours and a senior project or thesis to graduate. The Nursing Practitioner option leads to certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and requires 600 clinical hours. The curriculum for this track prepares students to work with individuals of all ages by conducting client examinations and diagnosing and treating illnesses. The Holistic Nursing track meets eligibility criteria for certification in the field and requires 500 clinical hours. Students in this concentration can take courses in aromatherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and more. The MSN program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, and students can graduate in six or nine semesters, respectively.

Online coursework may include both synchronous and asynchronous elements. TSU offers a reduced tuition "e-rate" for out-of-state students enrolled in online courses or programs. Additionally, various Tennessee State scholarships are available. Online students have access to admission information, academic advisement, financial aid, and more through the Adult and Distance Learners Information Portal.

Prospective students must have a current RN license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Applicants must submit an online application and official transcripts.

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (Hybrid)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Holistic Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Hybrid)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,428
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,910
  • Example Classes: Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning; Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care; Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments; Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition; Evaluation and Translation of Health Research

Drexel University offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with various concentrations, including Clinical Leader, Leadership in Health Systems Management, Nursing Education, Public Health Nursing, Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management. Additionally, an RN to MSN Bridge and RN-BSN-MSN program are available. Classes follow a 10-week quarter format; Students who take two courses per quarter can graduate in two years. Students in the Nurse Educator track must complete a three-day, on-campus residency and are prepared to take the Certified Nursing Educator Exam. The Clinical Nurse Leader track requires that students complete a clinical practicum. Students in the remaining tracks complete a capstone course.

Online classes are synchronous with live, online lectures. Coursework is hosted on Blackboard, where students have access to assignments, discussion boards, and tests. Tuition for online programs is ten percent less than on-campus tuition rates. Drexel also offers a tuition lock for students who complete the MSN program in three years. Additionally, reduced tuition rates are available to alumni, military, and members of Drexel's partner organizations.

Prospective students must have an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a current RN license. Students with a non-nursing bachelor's degree may apply to the RN-BSN-MSN or RN to MSN Bridge programs. Other required documents include an application, official transcripts, personal statement, resume, and copy of RN license.

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Research
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Dual Accelerated (RN-BSN-MSN)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,036
  • Example Classes: Advanced Pathopharmacology and Epigenetics in Forensic Nursing; Contexts and Roles for Advanced Practice; Criminal Law: Substantive and Procedural; Forensic Nursing: Caring for Perpetrators; Forensic Nursing: Caring for Victims; Scientific Foundations for Forensic Nursing Interventions

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic
  • Annual Tuition: $4,900
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,342
  • Example Classes: Healthcare Systems and Health Policy; Informatics and Technology; Leadership for Advanced Practice Roles; Population-Based Healthcare; Theory and Application to Nursing Practice

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator Track
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Leader Track
  • Master of Science in Nursing - RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing - RN to MSN - Nurse Educator
  • Master of Science in Nursing - RN to MSN - Nurse Leader
  • Annual Tuition: $4,986
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,278
  • Example Classes: Chronic Care Management and Advanced Health Assessment Capstone; Differential Diagnoses, Pathology and Scientific Medical Terminology; Differential Diagnoses, Pathology and Scientific Medical Terminology; Epidemiology and Transcultural Issues; Family Health Promotion for APRN

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Chronic Care Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,458
  • Example Classes: Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology; Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice; Population Based Care and Health Policy; Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitiioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,743
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrators
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 218
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Nursing - Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Annual Tuition: $5,736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,772
  • Example Classes: Leadership and Emerging Issues in Nursing; Teaching Strategies for Nursing Education; Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,776
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,448
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Healthcare and Nursing Administration and Healthcare Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Healthcare & Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator (Hybrid)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,806
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,879
  • Example Classes: Advanced Nursing Issues; Direct & Control Healthcare Delivery; Financial Accounting; Marketing Concepts; Planning/Organizational Healthcare Delivery

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing - RN to MSN
  • Annual Tuition: $6,055
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,560
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (Hybrid)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,746
  • Example Classes: Advanced Pharmacology; Contemporary Healthcare Ethics; Diagnostics and Procedures; Nursing Theory for the Advanced Practice Role; The Politics of Healthcare

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,187
  • Example Classes: Graduate Statistics; Methods of Research in Nursing; Organizational Leadership in Complex Health Systems; Teaching Theory in Nursing; Theories of Nursing

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Annual Tuition: $6,297
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,653
  • Example Classes: Bioethics and Advocacy; Nursing Populations and Settings; Pharmacotherapeutics; Scholarly Clinical Praxis; Theories for Nursing

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Comprehensive
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (Hybrid)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,352
  • Example Classes: Diverse Populations and Healthcare; Legal and Ethical Issues of Advanced Practice Nursing; Modern Organizations and Healthcare; Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Nursing
  • MS in Nursing Case Management Specialization
  • MS in Nursing Education Specialization
  • MS in Nursing Management Specialization and Organizational Leadership
  • MS in Nursing Informatics Specialization
  • RN to MSN Bridge Program Option
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,094
  • Example Classes: Advanced Nursing Roles; Epidemiology and Health Promotion; Health Policy, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System; Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Health Care Delivery; Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice; Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing

Online Master's Degrees

  • ExcelTrack MS in Nursing
  • MSN
  • MSN - Dual Degree Option MSN/MBA
  • MSN - Executive Leader
  • MSN - Nurse Educator
  • MSN - Nurse Informatics
  • Annual Tuition: $6,438
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,359
  • Example Classes: Advanced Nursing Role Acquisition; Public Health and Sociocultural Issues; Research Basis for Advanced Nursing; Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

Online Master's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator (Accelerated RN to MSN)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator (Hybrid)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,460
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 305
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator Program
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,427
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science Nursing (MSN)
  • MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (RN to MSN)
  • MSN - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,011
  • Example Classes: Advanced Pathophysiology; Educational and Learning Theory; Measurement and Evaluation; Teaching Strategies for the Learning Environment; Theory Development and Advanced Research

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,793
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Dual Degree Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,223
  • Example Classes: Applied Drug Therapy; Informatics for Healthcare; Issues and Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing; Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Practice Nursing; Theories Related to Nursing

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Nursing - Education
  • MSN - Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,755
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,230
  • Example Classes: Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Physical Assessment; Clinical and Administrative System; Health Care Strategic Management and Planning; MSN Role Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science Nursing
  • Master of Science Nursing
  • Master of Science Nursing - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science Nursing - Case Management
  • Master of Science Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science Nursing - Infection Prevention and Control