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

 

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

7 American Association of Critcal-Care Nurses (AACN)
8 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) & Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
10 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
11 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) & Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

 

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

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.

These rankings of the cheapest online schools for an MSN may NOT be re-posted online or reprinted in any format without a license from GetEducated ®. Consumer finance bloggers and writers can contact our editors for a free custom article on the best online MSN programs for use on your website. Our mission: Help consumers GetEducated ® about the best online colleges for cost and credibility.

Related Rankings: Nurses and RNs > Check out our big list of the Best Affordable Online Master's Degree in Healthcare.

RANKSCHOOL / DEGREESTATEPRICENOTE
1

University of North Carolina-Wilmington(NC)
$8,331.18
$29,697.36
In-State
Out-of-State
2

University of Central Florida Logo
University of Central Florida
(FL)
$9,819.60
$34,551.60
In-State
Out-of-State
3

Fort Hays State University Logo
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$10,156.28
All Students
5

University of Nevada-Las Vegas(NV)
$10,452.75
$20,229.00
In-State
Out-of-State
6

Eastern New Mexico University Logo
Eastern New Mexico University
(NM)
$10,545.00
All Students
7

Georgia Southern University(GA)
$10,660.00
All Students
8

Missouri State University Logo
Missouri State University
(MO)
$10,710.00
All Students
9

University of North Carolina at Charlotte(NC)
$10,904.00
$34,628.00
In-State
Out-of-State
10

Western Carolina University(NC)
$11,029.60
$31,435.60
In-State
Out-of-State
11

New Mexico State University Logo
New Mexico State University
(NM)
$11,746.80
$33,584.40
In-State
Out-of-State
12

University of Central Missouri(MO)
$12,206.70
All Students
13

Winston-Salem State University(NC)
$12,824.32
$33,054.32
In-State
Out-of-State
14

University of North Carolina at Greensboro(NC)
$13,107.46
$37,988.11
In-State
Out-of-State
15

Lamar University Logo
Lamar University
(TX)
$13,246.00
All Students
16

University of North Carolina at Greensboro(NC)
$13,386.04
$38,939.14
In-State
Out-of-State
17

Delta State University Logo
Delta State University
(MS)
$13,718.00
All Students
18

East Carolina University(NC)
$13,847.62
$37,696.34
In-State
Out-of-State
19

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi(TX)
$13,856.06
$30,385.12
In-State
Out-of-State
20

Western Governors University Logo
Western Governors University
(UT)
$13,972.00
All Students
23

Montana State University Logo
Montana State University
(MT)
$14,080.36
$38,152.36
In-State
Out-of-State
24

The University of Alabama(AL)
$14,625.00
All Students
26

Fitchburg State University(MA)
$14,703.00
All Students
27

Columbus State University(GA)
$15,236.00
All Students
28

University of North Alabama(AL)
$15,372.00
$29,064.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29

University of Alabama in Huntsville(AL)
$15,444.00
All Students
30

Indiana State University Logo
Indiana State University
(IN)
$15,548.00
$19,581.00
In-State
Out-of-State
31

Northern Arizona University(AZ)
$15,612.00
$22,272.00
In-State
Out-of-State
32

Jacksonville State University Logo
Jacksonville State University
(AL)
$15,716.00
All Students
33

American Public University - School of Health Sciences-Graduate Logo
American Public University - School of Health Sciences-Graduate
(WV)
$15,850.00
$14,775.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
34

Frostburg State University Logo
Frostburg State University
(MD)
$15,873.00
$20,239.00
In-State
Out-of-State
35

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh(WI)
$16,005.39
$34,774.38
In-State
Out-of-State
36

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley(TX)
$16,031.84
All Students
37

Wayland Baptist University(TX)
$16,200.00
All Students
38

California State University-Dominguez Hills Logo
California State University-Dominguez Hills
(CA)
$16,344.00
$30,600.00
In-State
Out-of-State
39

ECPI University(VA)
$16,368.00
All Students
40

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley(TX)
$16,476.28
All Students
41

Ball State University(IN)
$16,607.00
$24,023.00
In-State
Out-of-State
42

University of Missouri-Columbia(MO)
$16,702.80
All Students
43

Troy University(AL)
$16,796.00
All Students
44

The University of Texas Medical Branch(TX)
$16,941.09
$33,126.09
In-State
Out-of-State
45

Illinois State University Logo
Illinois State University
(IL)
$16,950.24
$32,034.24
In-State
Out-of-State
46

McNeese State University(LA)
$16,956.96
$26,956.96
In-State
Out-of-State
47

Wilmington University(DE)
$16,976.00
$11,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
48

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne(IN)
$17,105.10
All Students
49

University of South Carolina-Columbia Logo
University of South Carolina-Columbia
(SC)
$17,157.50
All Students
50

The University of West Florida Logo
The University of West Florida
(FL)
$17,218.50
All Students
51

Cleveland State University(OH)
$17,248.40
$17,558.40
In-State
Out-of-State
52

Nicholls State University(LA)
$17,309.46
All Students
53

Oklahoma Wesleyan University(OK)
$17,405.00
All Students
54

United States University(CA)
$17,450.00
$15,450.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
55

Kent State University Logo
Kent State University
(OH)
$17,510.00
$31,552.00
In-State
Out-of-State
56

University of Arkansas(AR)
$17,557.41
$44,034.90
In-State
Out-of-State
57

The University of Texas at Arlington(TX)
$17,839.84
All Students
59

Old Dominion University(VA)
$17,856.00
$19,368.00
In-State
Out-of-State
60

University of Louisiana at Monroe(LA)
$18,000.00
All Students
61

James Madison University Logo
James Madison University
(VA)
$18,016.00
$42,272.00
In-State
Out-of-State
62

California University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$18,181.50
$18,841.50
In-State
Out-of-State
63

Columbus State University(GA)
$18,316.00
All Students
64

University of Colorado Denver(CO)
$18,440.00
All Students
65

Colorado Technical University Logo
Colorado Technical University
(CO)
$18,510.00
All Students
67

Tabor College(KS)
$18,568.00
All Students
68

Midwestern State University(TX)
$18,931.30
All Students
69

Lenoir-Rhyne University(NC)
$18,975.00
All Students
70

Queens University of Charlotte Logo
Queens University of Charlotte
(NC)
$19,010.00
All Students
72

Minnesota State University-Moorhead(MN)
$19,095.48
$36,195.48
In-State
Out-of-State
73

Lynchburg College(VA)
$19,110.00
All Students
74

Cumberland University Logo
Cumberland University
(TN)
$19,125.00
All Students
75

Clayton State University(GA)
$19,323.00
All Students
76

Oklahoma Baptist University(OK)
$19,350.00
All Students
77

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$19,405.00
$15,805.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
80

Queens University of Charlotte Logo
Queens University of Charlotte
(NC)
$19,520.00
All Students
81

McKendree University(IL)
$19,525.00
All Students
82

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Logo
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$19,554.00
$27,540.00
In-State
Out-of-State
83

Indiana State University Logo
Indiana State University
(IN)
$19,688.00
$24,811.00
In-State
Out-of-State
84

Ohio University Logo
Ohio University
(OH)
$19,701.00
$20,328.00
In-State
Out-of-State
85

Midwestern State University(TX)
$19,754.40
All Students
86

MidAmerica Nazarene University(KS)
$19,773.00
All Students
87

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi(NY)
$19,901.70
$23,681.70
In-State
Out-of-State
88

The University of Texas at Arlington(TX)
$20,125.00
All Students
89

University of Missouri-Columbia(MO)
$20,259.60
All Students
90

University of South Alabama Logo
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$20,376.00
All Students
91

Spring Hill College(AL)
$20,825.00
All Students
92

Colorado Christian University Logo
Colorado Christian University
(CO)
$20,828.00
All Students
93

University of Colorado Denver(CO)
$20,880.00
All Students
94

Rivier University Logo
Rivier University
(NH)
$20,945.00
All Students
95

Jacksonville University(FL)
$21,000.00
All Students
96

University of Mount Olive(NC)
$21,090.00
All Students
97

Northern Kentucky University(KY)
$21,114.00
All Students
98

Ferris State University(MI)
$21,238.00
All Students
99

University of South Carolina-Upstate(SC)
$21,467.50
$45,398.00
In-State
Out-of-State
100

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$21,500.00
$17,500.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
101

University of Saint Mary Logo
University of Saint Mary
(KS)
$21,525.00
All Students
104

Northwest Nazarene University(ID)
$21,760.00
All Students
105

Rasmussen College(MN)
$21,795.00
All Students
106

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$22,067.00
All Students
107

Franklin Pierce University Logo
Franklin Pierce University
(NH)
$22,145.00
All Students
108

Lenoir-Rhyne University(NC)
$22,425.00
All Students
109

Stevenson University(MD)
$22,500.00
All Students
110

King University(TN)
$22,550.00
All Students
111

Graceland University(IA)
$22,850.00
All Students
112

Quinnipiac University Logo
Quinnipiac University
(CT)
$23,000.00
All Students
113

Notre Dame College Logo
Notre Dame College
(OH)
$23,010.00
All Students
114

Jacksonville University(FL)
$23,100.00
All Students
115

Troy University(AL)
$23,218.00
All Students
116

Western Kentucky University(KY)
$23,331.00
$8,250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
117

Benedictine University Logo
Benedictine University
(IL)
$23,400.00
All Students
119

Indiana Wesleyan University(IN)
$23,575.00
All Students
120

Idaho State University Logo
Idaho State University
(ID)
$23,681.00
$53,233.00
In-State
Out-of-State
121

Indiana University Online(IN)
$23,701.36
$63,349.36
In-State
Out-of-State
122

Southern Adventist University(TN)
$23,750.00
All Students
123

Capella University Logo
Capella University
(MN)
$23,825.00
All Students
128

Liberty University Logo
Liberty University
(VA)
$23,830.00
All Students
131

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$23,999.00
All Students
132

Bethel University - MN Logo
Bethel University - MN
(MN)
$24,190.00
All Students
133

University of Mary(ND)
$24,210.00
All Students
134

Robert Morris University Logo
Robert Morris University
(PA)
$24,235.00
All Students
135

Clarkson College(NE)
$24,375.00
All Students
136

Thomas Edison State University Logo
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$24,380.00
All Students
137

Florida National University(FL)
$24,440.00
All Students
138

University of Kansas Logo
University of Kansas
(KS)
$24,463.15
All Students
139

Charleston Southern University(SC)
$24,490.00
All Students
140

La Roche College(PA)
$24,555.00
All Students
141

Southern New Hampshire University Logo
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$24,603.00
All Students
145

Walden University Logo
Walden University
(MN)
$24,780.00
All Students
146

Excelsior College Logo
Excelsior College
(NY)
$24,810.00
$12,210.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
147

Kaplan University Logo
Kaplan University
(IA)
$24,870.00
$20,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
151

Northern Arizona University(AZ)
$24,936.00
$35,592.00
In-State
Out-of-State
152

Regis University Logo
Regis University
(CO)
$25,010.00
All Students
153

Minnesota State University-Mankato(MN)
$25,057.34
All Students
154

Stony Brook University(NY)
$25,110.00
$46,350.00
In-State
Out-of-State
161

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate Logo
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate
(MA)
$25,197.00
All Students
162

Benedictine University Logo
Benedictine University
(IL)
$25,350.00
All Students
163

Excelsior College Logo
Excelsior College
(NY)
$25,455.00
$12,505.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
164

Sacred Heart University Logo
Sacred Heart University
(CT)
$25,460.00
All Students
166

Cedarville University(OH)
$25,605.00
All Students
167

Spring Arbor University(MI)
$25,935.00
All Students
168

La Roche College(PA)
$25,985.00
All Students
169

Excelsior College Logo
Excelsior College
(NY)
$26,100.00
$12,800.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
170

Virginia Commonwealth University(VA)
$26,240.00
$53,628.00
In-State
Out-of-State
171

Azusa Pacific University(CA)
$26,241.00
All Students
172

Clarkson College(NE)
$26,250.00
All Students
173

Frontier Nursing University(KY)
$26,260.00
All Students
174

Saint Joseph's College of Maine(ME)
$26,283.00
All Students
175

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs(CO)
$26,394.00
$30,498.00
In-State
Out-of-State
176

Concordia University Irvine(CA)
$26,450.00
All Students
177

Saint Xavier University Logo
Saint Xavier University
(IL)
$26,600.00
All Students
179

Norwich University Logo
Norwich University
(VT)
$26,982.00
All Students
180

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences(PA)
$27,027.00
All Students

Nova Southeastern University Logo
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$27,200.00
All Students

Sacred Heart University Logo
Sacred Heart University
(CT)
$27,530.00
All Students

West Virginia University(WV)
$28,028.00
$64,548.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Wilkes University Logo
Wilkes University
(PA)
$28,236.00
All Students

University of Massachusetts-Amherst - College of Nursing - Graduate Logo
University of Massachusetts-Amherst - College of Nursing - Graduate
(MA)
$28,295.00
All Students

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$28,507.00
All Students

Frontier Nursing University(KY)
$28,520.00
All Students

Saint Joseph's College of Maine(ME)
$28,779.00
All Students

Saint Xavier University Logo
Saint Xavier University
(IL)
$28,790.00
All Students

Olivet Nazarene University(IL)
$29,100.00
All Students

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$29,151.00
All Students

Clarkson College(NE)
$29,375.00
All Students

Davenport University Logo
Davenport University
(MI)
$29,510.00
All Students

Sacred Heart University Logo
Sacred Heart University
(CT)
$29,600.00
All Students

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$29,795.00
All Students

University of Michigan-Flint(MI)
$29,857.25
$44,508.25
In-State
Out-of-State

Allen College(IA)
$29,885.00
All Students

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$30,439.00
All Students

Eastern Kentucky University Logo
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$30,452.00
All Students

Concordia University-Wisconsin(WI)
$30,549.00
All Students

Loyola University New Orleans Logo
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$30,623.00
All Students

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University(FL)
$30,744.00
All Students

Lewis University Logo
Lewis University
(IL)
$31,480.00
All Students

Mercy College Logo
Mercy College
(NY)
$31,484.00
All Students

Roberts Wesleyan College(NY)
$31,812.00
All Students

Pennsylvania State University Logo
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$32,569.00
All Students

Loyola University New Orleans Logo
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$33,077.00
All Students

Mercy College Logo
Mercy College
(NY)
$33,198.00
All Students

Spring Arbor University(MI)
$33,250.00
All Students

Chatham University(PA)
$33,480.00
All Students

MCPHS University Logo
MCPHS University
(MA)
$34,410.00
All Students

Spring Arbor University(MI)
$35,245.00
All Students

Maryville University(MO)
$35,277.00
All Students

Gonzaga University(WA)
$36,340.00
All Students

American International College(MA)
$36,400.00
All Students

University of Detroit Mercy(MI)
$37,278.00
All Students

Kaplan University Logo
Kaplan University
(IA)
$37,305.00
$31,455.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Boise State University Logo
Boise State University
(ID)
$37,500.00
All Students

Seton Hall University Logo
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$37,664.00
All Students

Frontier Nursing University(KY)
$38,060.00
All Students

Graceland University(IA)
$39,075.00
All Students

Ohio State University Logo
Ohio State University
(OH)
$39,730.00
All Students

Maryville University(MO)
$40,059.00
All Students

University of Pittsburgh(PA)
$40,300.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$42,300.00
$35,235.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Loyola University Chicago(IL)
$42,514.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$43,240.00
$36,018.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Bethel University - MN Logo
Bethel University - MN
(MN)
$44,061.00
All Students

University of Pittsburgh(PA)
$45,088.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$45,120.00
$37,584.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Loyola University Chicago(IL)
$45,823.00
All Students

Duquesne University(PA)
$47,232.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$48,880.00
$40,716.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Catholic University of America(DC)
$49,150.00
All Students

Duquesne University(PA)
$51,168.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$51,700.00
$43,065.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Seton Hall University Logo
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$52,208.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$52,640.00
$43,848.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Loyola University Chicago(IL)
$53,544.00
All Students

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$53,580.00
$44,631.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Duquesne University(PA)
$59,040.00
All Students

Texas Christian University(TX)
$59,090.00
All Students

Seton Hall University Logo
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$59,480.00
All Students

The George Washington University Logo
The George Washington University
(DC)
$62,335.00
All Students

Simmons College(MA)
$65,335.00
All Students

Johns Hopkins University Logo
Johns Hopkins University
(MD)
$65,731.00
All Students

Samuel Merritt University(CA)
$66,457.00
All Students

Duke University Logo
Duke University
(NC)
$72,251.00
All Students

Georgetown University Logo
Georgetown University
(DC)
$79,820.00
All Students

Georgetown University Logo
Georgetown University
(DC)
$87,800.00
All Students

University of Southern California Logo
University of Southern California
(CA)
$88,200.00
All Students

Georgetown University Logo
Georgetown University
(DC)
$97,775.00
All Students