Best Nursing Schools: Master's

Ranked in 2018 | 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.
Johns Hopkins University 

Baltimore, MD

$1,591 per credit 570
#2
Overall Score: Overall Score: 99 out of 100.
Duke University 

Durham, NC

$1,703 per credit 478
#3
Overall Score: Overall Score: 96 out of 100.
Emory University 

Atlanta, GA

$1,850 per credit 376
#4
Overall Score: Overall Score: 95 out of 100.
University of Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia, PA

$41,134 per year 586
#5
Overall Score: Overall Score: 93 out of 100.
University of Washington 

Seattle, WA

N/A 48
#6
Overall Score: Overall Score: 90 out of 100.
Case Western Reserve University 

Cleveland, OH

$2,011 per credit 295
#7
Overall Score: Overall Score: 87 out of 100.
University of Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh, PA

$871 per credit (in-state)
$1,018 per credit (out-of-state)
130
#8Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 86 out of 100.
University of Alabama—​Birmingham 

Birmingham, AL

$555 per credit (in-state)
$555 per credit (out-of-state)
1,473
#8Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 86 out of 100.
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor 

Ann Arbor, MI

$1,240 per credit (in-state)
$2,547 per credit (out-of-state)
261
#8Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 86 out of 100.
Yale University 

New Haven, CT

$39,830 per year 332
#11Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 85 out of 100.
Columbia University 

New York, NY

$1,494 per credit 524
#11Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 85 out of 100.
University of California—​San Francisco 

San Francisco, CA

$12,630 per year (in-state)
$24,875 per year (out-of-state)
361
#13
Overall Score: Overall Score: 84 out of 100.
University of Maryland—​Baltimore 

Baltimore, MD

$724 per credit (in-state)
$1,324 per credit (out-of-state)
525
#14Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 83 out of 100.
University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill 

Chapel Hill, NC

$15,743 per year (in-state)
$32,954 per year (out-of-state)
228
#14Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 83 out of 100.
Vanderbilt University 

Nashville, TN

$1,454 per credit 671
#16Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 82 out of 100.
New York University (Meyers) 

New York, NY

$43,200 per year 609
#16Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 82 out of 100.
Ohio State University 

Columbus, OH

$723 per credit (in-state)
$1,940 per credit (out-of-state)
686
#18Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 80 out of 100.
Rush University 

Chicago, IL

$995 per credit 332
#18Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 80 out of 100.
University of Illinois—​Chicago 

Chicago, IL

$20,292 per year (in-state)
$32,532 per year (out-of-state)
293
#20Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 79 out of 100.
Rutgers University—​Newark 

Newark, NJ

$838 per credit (in-state)
$1,215 per credit (out-of-state)
103
#20Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 79 out of 100.
University of California—​Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA

$22,557 per year (in-state)
$34,802 per year (out-of-state)
368
#20Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 79 out of 100.
University of Virginia 

Charlottesville, VA

$16,000 per year (in-state)
$26,000 per year (out-of-state)
252
#23
Overall Score: Overall Score: 77 out of 100.
University of Texas—​Austin 

Austin, TX

$12,276 per year (in-state)
$22,402 per year (out-of-state)
223
#24
Overall Score: Overall Score: 74 out of 100.
Medical University of South Carolina 

Charleston, SC

$24,348 per year (in-state)
$28,659 per year (out-of-state)
23
#25
Overall Score: Overall Score: 73 out of 100.
Georgetown University 

Washington, DC

$1,995 per credit 771

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