Most Affordable Online MSN Programs get ranking seal

The 177 Best Affordable Online MSN Programs

There are A LOT of online MSN programs out there! Whether your end goal is to become a nurse manager, nurse practitioner, or nurse educator, there is an MSN program that can fit your needs. We’re helping you get one step closer to a decision with the most accurate cost ranking available.

These rankings were calculated by analyzing tuition at 167 regionally accredited nursing schools across the U.S. that offer 263 different online MSN programs. The most affordable program (regardless of state residency) is offered by Fort Hays State University and costs just under $10,200.

Average Cost (In-state): $27,190.45
Least Expensive: University of North Carolina - Wilmington ~ $8,331.18
Most Expensive: Georgetown University ~ $97,775

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online MSN programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online MSN Programs

 

1 State Restriction Note: This program is only available in fewer than 15 states.

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation offered by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is noted in the rank table.

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Summer 2017 review of regionally accredited online MSN programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing, and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master’s degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion. Each ranking list is calculated every two years. The next survey to identify the cheapest online MSN programs will be undertaken in Summer 2019.

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RANKSCHOOL / DEGREESTATEPRICENOTE
1

A

Fort Hays State University(KS)
$8,206
2

A

Western Carolina University(NC)
$9,858
$27,714
Resident
Others
3

A

Western Carolina University(NC)
$10,377
$29,173
Resident
Others
4

A-

Ball State University(IN)
$10,527
$17,358
Resident
Others
5

A-

Fort Hays State University(KS)
$12,309
6

A-

Fitchburg State University(MA)
$12,492
7

A-

Indiana State University(IN)
$13,360
$16,580
Resident
Others
8

B+

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Western Governors University
(UT)
$13,580
9

B+

The University of West Florida(FL)
$14,043
$15,268
Resident
Others
10

B+

Old Dominion University(VA)
$14,148
11

B+

University of Missouri-Columbia(MO)
$14,194
12

B+

Lamar University(TX)
$14,417
$28,853
Resident
Others
13

B

University of Missouri-Columbia(MO)
$14,892
14

B

Jacksonville State University(AL)
$15,804
15

B

Indiana State University(IN)
$18,368
$22,784
Resident
Others
16

B

West Virginia University(WV)
$18,436
$54,868
Resident
Others
17

B

Saint Joseph's College of Maine(ME)
$18,900
18

B-

Excelsior College(NY)
$19,585
19

B-

East Tennessee State University(TN)
$19,880
$27,440
Resident
Others
20

B-

Excelsior College(NY)
$20,100
21

B-

Clarkson College(NE)
$20,553
22

C+

Excelsior College(NY)
$20,615
23

C+

Walden University(MN)
$20,715
24

C

Clarkson College(NE)
25

C

Regis University
    (CO)
    26

    C

    Clarkson College
      (NE)
      1 American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
      2 Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
        American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
      3 Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
      4 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
      5 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
      6 Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
      7 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
      8 National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)
      9 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
      10 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
      11 Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
        Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
      12 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
      13 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
        Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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