Best Nursing Schools: Master's

Ranked in 2017 | Best Nursing Schools: Master's Rankings Methodology

Earning a master's degree gives nurses the opportunity to develop expertise and move into advanced practice. With the U.S. News rankings of the top nursing master's programs, narrow your search by tuition, school size and acceptance rate.

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Rank School name Tuition (full-time) (master's) Total master's enrollment Peer assessment score (out of 5) (master's) Acceptance rate (master's) Master's student-faculty ratio Full-time faculty Faculty who are in active nursing practice Master's degrees awarded NIH and federal research grants (in millions) NIH and federal teaching grants (in millions) Address Tuition (master's) Total graduate nursing enrollment Offers accelerated bachelor's/master's nursing program
#1
Overall Score: Overall Score: 100 out of 100.
Duke University 

Durham, NC

$1,639 per credit 486
#2
Overall Score: Overall Score: 98 out of 100.
Johns Hopkins University 

Baltimore, MD

$37,056 per year 647
#3
Overall Score: Overall Score: 93 out of 100.
University of Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia, PA

$39,552 per year 614
#4
Overall Score: Overall Score: 91 out of 100.
Emory University 

Atlanta, GA

$1,817 per credit 314
#5
Overall Score: Overall Score: 89 out of 100.
Ohio State University 

Columbus, OH

$723 per credit (in-state)
$1,940 per credit (out-of-state)
686
#6Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 88 out of 100.
University of Washington 

Seattle, WA

$25,575 per year (in-state)
$39,048 per year (out-of-state)
69
#6Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 88 out of 100.
Yale University 

New Haven, CT

$37,932 per year 297
#8Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 87 out of 100.
Columbia University 

New York, NY

$1,450 per credit 654
#8Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 87 out of 100.
University of Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh, PA

$850 per credit (in-state)
$988 per credit (out-of-state)
183
#10
Overall Score: Overall Score: 86 out of 100.
University of Maryland—​Baltimore 

Baltimore, MD

$724 per credit (in-state)
$1,324 per credit (out-of-state)
503
#11Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 85 out of 100.
Case Western Reserve University 

Cleveland, OH

$1,952 per credit 301
#11Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 85 out of 100.
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor 

Ann Arbor, MI

$21,390 per year (in-state)
$43,982 per year (out-of-state)
313
#13Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 84 out of 100.
New York University (Meyers) 

New York, NY

$41,576 per year 593
#13Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 84 out of 100.
University of Alabama—​Birmingham 

Birmingham, AL

$510 per credit (in-state)
$510 per credit (out-of-state)
1,452
#15Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 83 out of 100.
University of California—​Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA

$21,750 per year (in-state)
$33,995 per year (out-of-state)
352
#15Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 83 out of 100.
Vanderbilt University 

Nashville, TN

$1,359 per credit 633
#17
Overall Score: Overall Score: 82 out of 100.
University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill 

Chapel Hill, NC

$14,929 per year (in-state)
$32,154 per year (out-of-state)
234
#18
Overall Score: Overall Score: 81 out of 100.
Rush University 

Chicago, IL

$995 per credit 329
#19
Overall Score: Overall Score: 80 out of 100.
University of Virginia 

Charlottesville, VA

$15,450 per year (in-state)
$25,242 per year (out-of-state)
234
#20Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 78 out of 100.
Pennsylvania State University—​University Park 

University Park, PA

$16,640 per year (in-state)
$28,560 per year (out-of-state)
151
#20Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 78 out of 100.
Rutgers University—​Newark 

Newark, NJ

$806 per credit (in-state)
$1,169 per credit (out-of-state)
168
#20Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 78 out of 100.
University of Illinois—​Chicago 

Chicago, IL

$20,120 per year (in-state)
$32,360 per year (out-of-state)
376
#23Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 76 out of 100.
University of Iowa 

Iowa City, IA

N/A 16
#23Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 76 out of 100.
University of Texas—​Austin 

Austin, TX

$11,919 per year (in-state)
$21,749 per year (out-of-state)
231
#23Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 76 out of 100.
University of Texas Health Science Center—​Houston 

Houston, TX

$256 per credit (in-state)
$1,010 per credit (out-of-state)
615

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