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In this article, we profile the top 30 most affordable online master’s in nursing (online MSN) degree programs for 2019.

To be eligible for nursing roles in administration and leadership, teaching, and specialized fields, an accredited master’s in nursing is often required. According to the Nurse Journal and Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning an MSN can improve pay, provide better job prospects, and open the door to career advancement. With online options available from top-ranked universities, students do not have to give up registered nursing careers to return to school. Part-time and full-time online MSN programs are available, and some even offer flexible start dates to accommodate working nurses.

Methodology

We examined approximately 165 institutions that offered master’s in nursing online degree programs. We selected only accredited schools with programs recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. From our initial pool of schools, we narrowed the group to those with rankings in major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. From among these programs, we selected the 30 most affordable institutions based on tuition prices published by NCES College Navigator.

Our list of the most affordable master’s in nursing online degree programs for 2019 is listed below.

#30 – University of Pittsburgh

Online Master’s in Nursing

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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University of Pittsburgh offers a master’s in nursing online that’s ranked and accredited.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $23,140

University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing offers a master’s in nursing online degree with various specialty areas such as clinical nurse leader, nursing administration, and nursing informatics. Admission requires certification as a registered nurse, though RN options (RN to MSN pathway) are also available. Curriculum is delivered entirely online with classes taught by University of Pittsburgh instructors. These classes include applied statistics for evidence-based practice, ethics for advanced practice nursing, and organizational and management theory. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school #68 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #23 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

#29 – Nova Southeastern University

Online MSN

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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The online MSN at Nova Southeastern University is a top online MSN program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $20,419

Some of the top online MSN programs on our list are offered by Nova Southeastern University through the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing. In only eight semesters, students may earn their master’s in nursing online degree. Also, RN to MSN, MSN-APRN, and MSN non-clinical program tracks are available. To be admitted to the graduate nursing programs, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or BSN from an accredited institution and have active professional nursing (RN) licensure. Online courses include advanced health assessment, advanced nurse roles, health promotion and disease prevention, and nursing curriculum development. U.S. News and World Report ranks Nova Southeastern #198 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #58 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#28 – Michigan State University

Online MSN

East Lansing, Michigan

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The master’s in nursing online degree programs at Michigan State University prepare for the DNP program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $17,436

Michigan State University’s MSN online programs include concentration options in adult gerontology, nurse anesthesia, and nurse practitioner. There is also a DNP program that takes students from a bachelor’s or master’s in nursing to the doctorate degree. Coursework is completed online while onsite clinical work is required. The program is conveniently designed so that online classes do not interfere with employment. Some of the online courses include health assessment, health care policy and politics, statistics for the healthcare professional, and theoretical foundations and role development for the advanced practice nurse. The university is ranked and accredited. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the school #81 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #11 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#27 – Saint Xavier University

Online MSN

Chicago, Illinois

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Saint Xavier’s master’s in nursing online program is CCNE-accredited.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $16,450

Saint Xavier University’s CCNE-accredited master’s in nursing online degree program has three completion tracks: clinical leadership, executive leadership, or nurse educator. Convenient online courses are available for each track of study. Some of the core courses, no matter which completion pathway you choose, include health care systems and financing, information technology and health care outcomes, nursing inquiry, and philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice. The program is also designed to prepare students for certification exams as they study. U.S. News and World Report ranks Saint Xavier #64 in best regional universities in the Midwest. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #1 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#26 – University of Cincinnati

Online MSN

Cincinnati, Ohio

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100% online MSN at University of Cincinnati!

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $14,468

University of Cincinnati offers online MSN programs that are both accredited and ranked with major publications. The online MSN offers several specialty areas, including adult-gerontology acute and primary care, family nurse practitioner, neonatal, and women’s health nurse practitioner. Most classes are delivered online while clinical work is required onsite. Some of the online courses include advanced physiology and pathophysiology, biostatistics for evidence-based practice, health care policy, and theoretical basis for clinical reasoning. For most online MSN programs, a BSN and one or more years of RN work are required. U.S. News and World Report ranks the institution #133 in best national universities and #111 in best value schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #11 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#25 – Jacksonville University

Online MSN

Jacksonville, Florida

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The master’s in nursing online degree at Jacksonville University takes 24 months to complete.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $13,860

The online master’s in nursing programs at Jacksonville University are CCNE-accredited and offer three specialization options. These specializations include clinical nurse educator, informatics, or leadership in healthcare systems. Part-time and full-time enrollment is also available, and full-time students can expect to earn their degree in just 24 months. Admission requirements include official transcripts with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, an accredited BSN, and official GRE scores of 290 or higher. Core nursing classes include advanced role practicum, information systems and technology for improved healthcare, nursing research, and nursing theory. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school #52 in best regional universities in the South and #46 in best value schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #31 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#24 – Ohio State University

Online MSN

Columbus, Ohio

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Ranked and affordable! Ohio State’s online MSN.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $12,425

Ohio State University’s College of Nursing offers online master’s in nursing programs with four specialization options. Each specialization track is available online and is designed to prepare students to sit for specialty certification. These specializations include clinical nurse leader, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Courses are offered online and taught by Ohio State professors. These courses include advanced health assessment, health promotion and disease prevention across the life span, leadership in advanced nursing care, and quality improvement in advanced nursing care. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ohio State #54 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #2 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

#23 – Old Dominion University

Online MSN

Norfolk, Virginia

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CCNE-accredited – Old Dominion’s online MSN.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,904

One of the most affordable MSN online programs on our list is the family nurse practitioner program at Old Dominion University. The FNP program is one of only 17 programs in the country available through online infrastructure. Students earn their online MSN with a specialization in family nurse practitioner. The program is CCNE-accredited and approved by the Virginia Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine. General requirements for admission include a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN-accredited program, a current license as a registered nurse, and one year of recent clinical nursing experience. Classes are delivered online and include ethical concepts of advanced nursing practice, evidence based research and theories in nursing practice, and primary care approaches for children. U.S. News and World Report ranks the online graduate nursing programs at Old Dominion #58 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#22 – Western Kentucky University

Online MSN

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Open to licensed RNs! Western Kentucky University’s master’s in nursing online degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,780

For licensed RNs practicing in Kentucky or Tennessee, MSN online degrees are available at Western Kentucky University. The School of Nursing offers an online MSN program with a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration that can be completed 100% online. The 43-hour program is offered part-time to accommodate busy work schedules. To be admitted to the program, students must hold a BSN and an unencumbered RN license. The GRE is not required for applicants who have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Online courses include advanced physiological and pathophysiological concepts, nursing politics and health policy, and theoretical foundations of professional nursing. U.S. News and World Report ranks WKY #32 in best regional universities in the South. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #23 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#21 – Northern Kentucky University

Online MSN

Highland Heights, Kentucky

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20 months! The master’s in nursing online degree at Northern Kentucky University is a fast-paced program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,896

Northern Kentucky University offers a 46-credit hour master’s in nursing online degree program designed for those interested in adult gerontology acute care. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, preferably in nursing, and a valid RN license. The program is CCNE-accredited and designed to complete in just 20 months. Courses are delivered online and include analysis and application of health data for advanced nursing practice, health care policy and economics in population health, and theoretical foundations of nursing practice and research. U.S. News and World Report ranks Northern Kentucky #73 in best regional universities in the South and #27 in top public schools. The online graduate nursing programs rank #28 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#20 – University of Kansas

Online MSN

Lawrence, Kansas

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University of Kansas’ master’s in nursing online degrees are CCNE-accredited.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,704

University of Kansas offers MSN online degrees that are nationally ranked and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Degree completion requires 37 to 39 credit hours, and most students earn their degree in just two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study. All students must complete a two-credit hour, semester long research project that is supervised by a graduate faculty member. Also, students may select a focus area and take additional courses in nursing education, nursing informatics, organizational leadership, or public health nursing. U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Kansas #115 in best national universities and #89 in best value schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #18 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#19 – University of Missouri

Online MSN

Kansas City, Missouri

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University of Missouri - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

Ranked and accredited! University of Missouri’s online MSN.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,387

The School of Nursing and Health Studies at University of Missouri offers online MSN programs that are both accredited and ranked with major publications. The online MSN is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want to earn additional expertise in an area of specialty, such as adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health practitioner, or women’s health. Students take online courses taught by University of Missouri instructors and complete an on-campus residency. The institution has earned rankings from U.S. News and World Report as a top national university and best public school. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #18 (tied with University of Kansas) out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

#18 – Eastern Kentucky University

Online MSN

Richmond, Kentucky

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EKU’s master’s in nursing online is 100% online.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,270

One of the most affordable online master’s in nursing programs on our list is the online MSN in rural health family nurse practitioner program at Eastern Kentucky University. This 47-credit hour program is 100% online and designed to prepare students for careers in rural health centers. Terms run eight weeks in length and multiple start dates add to the convenient design of the program. Students take a series of online courses and complete 750 clinical hours. The program boasts a history of 100% pass rate on national certifying examinations. Major publications like U.S. News and World Report rank EKU #73 in best regional universities in the South and #27 in top public schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #23 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#17 – East Tennessee State University

Online MSN

Johnson City, Tennessee

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East Tennessee State University offers an affordable master’s in nursing online degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,035

East Tennessee State University offers master’s in nursing online degree programs, including concentrations in family nurse practitioner, nursing administration, nursing education, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. All online MSN programs require an unencumbered license to practice as an RN in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. A bachelor’s degree and undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or also required for admission. To complete the MSN degree, students must earn 46 credit hours of coursework. Specific courses are offered to those planning to take a national certification examination. U.S. News and World Report ranks East Tennessee #231-#300 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #28 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#16 – Cleveland State University

Online MSN

Cleveland, Ohio

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Four specialization tracks! Cleveland State University’s online MSN.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,689

Cleveland State University’s MSN online programs consist of 31-38 credits depending on the specialization pathway. In the MSN program, students may choose from four tracks of study: clinical nurse leader (CNL), forensic nursing, nursing education, or specialized populations. Core courses include ethics for advanced practice nursing, evidence-based nursing practice, health care financing for nursing practices, and theory development in nursing. To enter the program, students must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a license to practice nursing in the state where they conduct their clinical practicum, as well as an undergraduate statistics course. U.S. News and World Report ranks Cleveland State #231-#300 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate education programs rank #88 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#15 – University of Southern Indiana

Online MSN

Evansville, Indiana

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University of Southern Indiana - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

University of Southern Indiana’s online MSN requires minimal on-campus sessions.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,394

University of Southern Indiana’s MSN online degrees offer a variety of specialty areas, such as family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health, nursing education, and nursing management and leadership. Most courses are delivered online, regardless of specialty, though on-campus requirements must be met. The on-campus requirement typically consists of a campus orientation and two-day session. Core courses for all specialties include evidenced based practice for advanced nursing, healthcare informatics for advanced nursing practice, roles for advanced nursing practice, and theoretical foundations for advanced nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Southern Indiana #126-#165 in best regional universities in the Midwest. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #28 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#14 – Ball State University

Online MSN

Muncie, Indiana

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Ball State University’s online MSN has three concentrations available.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,216

Depending on your career trajectory, Ball State University offers MSN online degrees with three concentration options. Specialties include family nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. Also, an option to complete an RN to MSN is available. Online courses are offered in an asynchronous format with no specific sign on time required. Required courses include nursing concepts in health promotion, nursing information technology, nursing theory, and research methods. During the last semester, a 180-hour practicum is required. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ball State #187 in best national universities and #99 in top public schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #23 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#13 – Boise State University

Online MSN

Boise, Idaho

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100% online – Boise State’s master’s in nursing online degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,754

Boise State University offers MSN online programs, including the AGNP Master of Nursing. This CCNE-accredited program boasts a 100% pass rate on the National NP Board Examination. Courses are taught online to maximize flexibility for professional students. There are four clinical rotations combined with three on-campus summer intensives (seven to ten days), though the degree is considered to be an online program. Some of the nursing core courses include advanced research and scholarly inquiry for advanced nursing, concepts of population nursing, and foundation of knowledge and theory for advanced nursing. U.S. News and World Report ranks BSU #231-#300 in best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #39 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#12 – University of North Carolina

Online Master’s in Nursing Administration

Greensboro, North Carolina

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University of North Carolina - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

UNC Greensboro offers an online CCNE-accredited MSN online degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,047

One of the top online MSN programs on our list is the master’s in nursing administration degree offered by University of North Carolina Greensboro. This fully CCNE-accredited program requires the completion of 37 credit hours with courses delivered online. The program is designed to prepare professional students to lead as nurse managers or nursing directors in contemporary health care settings. Admission requirements include an earned bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution and satisfactory undergraduate GPA. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school among the top 300 best national universities in the country. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #11 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

#11 – University of Alabama

Online MSN

Birmingham, Alabama

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University of Alabama’s master’s in nursing online degree requires GRE scores for admission.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,866

University of Alabama offers a master’s in nursing online degree program with a family nurse practitioner specialty. This specialty prepares nurses at the graduate level as advanced practice nurses to practice in various primary health care settings. While courses are delivered online, students are required to visit the UAB School of Nursing campus in Birmingham for orientation and three multi-day intensives. Admission requires a BSN degree with cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Satisfactory GRE scores are also required. The program and school are accredited and ranked with major publications. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the online graduate nursing programs #16 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#10 – University of Colorado

Online MSN

Denver, Colorado

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University of Colorado - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

University of Colorado’s online MSN degree program is CCNE-accredited.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,839

University of Colorado is one of our top picks for affordable MSN online degrees. The school offers an online MSN with a concentration in health care informatics. The program has earned rankings with major publications such as U.S. News and World Report and has been in operation since 1997. Also, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Courses include foundations of healthcare informatics, health systems and policy, philosophical and theoretical nursing, and research methods for advanced practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Colorado #207 in best national universities and #113 in top public schools.

#9 – Ferris State University

Online MSN

Big Rapids, Michigan

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100% online – Ferris State’s online MSN degree!

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,332

The online master’s in nursing programs at Ferris State University include the MSN degree. This fully online program is designed to meet the needs of BSN nurses who want to advance their careers by taking online courses and completing a master’s degree. The program is open to registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and accepts twenty students in the fall and spring semesters. To be accepted to the program, students must also have received an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and provide a minimum of two years of full time clinical nursing experience. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ferris State #83 in best regional universities in the Midwest and #18 in top public schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #58 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

#8 – Georgia College & State University

Online MSN

Milledgeville, Georgia

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Georgia College & State University - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

Georgia College’s online MSN is a top ranked program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,206

Open to BSN students, the online master’s in nursing programs at Georgia College & State University prepare nurses to further their careers. The MSN is a fully online program with minimal face-to-face on-campus requirements. The degree offers concentrations in family nurse practitioner (FNP), nurse educator, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. For the FNP specialization, courses include healthcare research and statistical analysis, nursing theory – principles and application, and perspectives of advanced nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Georgia College #31 in best regional universities in the South. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #39 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#7 – The University of Texas

Online MSN

Tyler, Texas

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University of Texas - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

University of Texas offers affordable master’s in nursing online degree programs.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,700

Some of the most affordable MSN online programs on our list are offered by The University of Texas. UT Tyler offers an online MSN with a concentration in nursing administration open to professional RNs. This program is fully online and serves as preparation for the national certification examination. Students receive a combination of online learning and practicum hours for hands-on experience in the nursing administration field. Courses include delivery of care, health care informatics, health policy and population health, and translational science. U.S. News and World Report ranks UT Tyler #90 in best regional universities in the West and #34 in top public schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #5 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#6 – Florida Atlantic University

Online MSN

Boca Raton, Florida

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Online MSN with specializations! At Florida Atlantic University.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,657

The College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University offers online MSN programs with several specialization options. Online specialties include advanced holistic nursing, clinical nurse leader, nurse educator, and nursing administrative and financial leadership. All programs are fully online except for the nurse educator MSN, which is a partially online graduate program. Courses include advanced nursing practice, leadership in nursing administration (for the nursing administrative specialty), and philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice roles. Admission requires an earned bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and ample clinical experience. U.S. News and World Report ranks Florida Atlantic among the top 300 best national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #39 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#5 – Angelo State University

Online MSN

San Angelo, Texas

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Angelo State University - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

Online MSN degrees at Angelo State University are ranked and accredited.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,507

Angelo State University offers MSN online degrees that are both accredited and highly affordable. The online MSN also offers a family nurse practitioner specialty designed for baccalaureate nurses who want to develop expertise in an advanced practice role. Courses are delivered online and taught by Angelo State professors. These courses include advanced health assessment, evidence-based practice and theory for advanced nursing, health policy and ethics, leadership and roles in advanced nursing, and population health epidemiology for advanced nursing. U.S. News and World Report ranks Angelo State #96-#126 in best regional universities in the West. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #58 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#4 – University of Central Arkansas

Online MSN

Conway, Arkansas

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University of Central Arkansas - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

University of Central Arkansas offers specialty tracks for their master’s in nursing online degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,094

Some of the most affordable MSN online programs on our list are offered by University of Central Arkansas. MSN courses are delivered entirely online with the exception of clinical courses with a laboratory component. The lab portions of some classes require minimal on campus meetings. Some of the required courses include advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, health policy and economics, research for evidence-based practice, and theoretical foundations of nursing practice. Several specialty tracks are also offered in areas like clinical nurse leader, nurse educator, and nurse practitioner. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university #72 in best regional institutions in the South and #26 in top public schools. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #51 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

#3 – University of West Georgia

Online MSN

Carrolton, Georgia

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University of West Georgia’s online MSN is 100% online.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,048

University of West Georgia’s online MSN programs offer coursework 100% online. The 36-credit hour degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and takes approximately two years to complete. A part time plan of study is also available, though must be completed within six semesters. Three specialty tracks are also offered, including clinical nurse leader, leader/manager, and nursing education. General coursework, regardless of the specialty track, includes health promotion and advanced health assessment, role of caring in the healthcare profession, and theoretical foundations of nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks UWG among the top 300 national universities. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #31 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#2 – University of Nevada

Online MSN

Las Vegas, Nevada

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University of Nevada - Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Programs 2018

University of Nevada’s master’s in nursing online degree is a ranked and accredited program.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,776

University of Nevada’s online master’s in nursing programs include the MSN in Nurse Educator. This fully online program offers curriculum that meets the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Classes may be completed online, and full-time or part-time enrollment options are available. Some of the required courses include advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology and genetics, nursing education, and nursing education scholarship. U.S. News and World Report ranks UNLV among the top 300 best national universities in the country. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #16 out of more than 1,200 surveyed programs.

#1 – Fort Hays State University

Online MSN

Hays, Kansas

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100% online – Fort Hays State offers the #1 most affordable master’s in nursing online degree.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,162

Fort Hays State University offers the most affordable master’s in nursing online degree program on our list. With 100% online courses, this program is suitable for working RNs who desire a career in nursing education. Students may choose to add the nursing education specialty track to their online MSN degree. Foundation courses include advanced statistics, developing nursing theories, healthcare policy and politics, informatics in health care systems, and research in nursing. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a CCNE-accredited program. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fort Hays #126-#165 in best regional universities in the Midwest. Also, the online graduate nursing programs rank #35 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

GSH Staff
October 2018

This concludes our list of the top 30 most affordable online master’s in nursing (MSN) degree programs of 2019.