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The 177 Best Affordable Online MSN Programs

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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

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
(FL)
$9,819.60
$34,551.60
In-State
Out-of-State
3
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
(NM)
$10,545.00
All Students
7
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$10,660.00
All Students
8
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
(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
(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
(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
(UT)
$13,972.00
All Students
21
Montana State University
(MT)
$14,080.36
$38,152.36
In-State
Out-of-State
22
The University of Alabama
(AL)
$14,625.00
All Students
24
Fitchburg State University
(MA)
$14,703.00
All Students
25
Columbus State University
(GA)
$15,236.00
All Students
26
University of North Alabama
(AL)
$15,372.00
$29,064.00
In-State
Out-of-State
27
University of Alabama in Huntsville
(AL)
$15,444.00
All Students
28
Indiana State University
(IN)
$15,548.00
$19,581.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Northern Arizona University
(AZ)
$15,612.00
$22,272.00
In-State
Out-of-State
30
Jacksonville State University
(AL)
$15,716.00
All Students
31
American Public University System
(WV)
$15,850.00
$14,775.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
32
Frostburg State University
(MD)
$15,873.00
$20,239.00
In-State
Out-of-State
33
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
(WI)
$16,005.39
$34,774.38
In-State
Out-of-State
34
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
(TX)
$16,031.84
All Students
35
Wayland Baptist University
(TX)
$16,200.00
All Students
36
California State University-Dominguez Hills
Master of Science Nursing 10,12
(CA)
$16,344.00
$30,600.00
In-State
Out-of-State
37
ECPI University
(VA)
$16,368.00
All Students
38
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
(TX)
$16,476.28
All Students
39
Ball State University
(IN)
$16,607.00
$24,023.00
In-State
Out-of-State
40
University of Missouri-Columbia
(MO)
$16,702.80
All Students
41
Troy University
(AL)
$16,796.00
All Students
42
The University of Texas Medical Branch
(TX)
$16,941.09
$33,126.09
In-State
Out-of-State
43
Illinois State University
(IL)
$16,950.24
$32,034.24
In-State
Out-of-State
44
McNeese State University
(LA)
$16,956.96
$26,956.96
In-State
Out-of-State
45
Wilmington University
(DE)
$16,976.00
$11,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
46
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner 10,14
(IN)
$17,105.10
All Students
47
University of South Carolina-Columbia
(SC)
$17,157.50
All Students
48
The University of West Florida
(FL)
$17,218.50
All Students
49
Cleveland State University
(OH)
$17,248.40
$17,558.40
In-State
Out-of-State
50
Nicholls State University
(LA)
$17,309.46
All Students
51
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
(OK)
$17,405.00
All Students
52
United States University
(CA)
$17,450.00
$15,450.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
53
Kent State University
(OH)
$17,510.00
$31,552.00
In-State
Out-of-State
54
University of Arkansas
(AR)
$17,557.41
$44,034.90
In-State
Out-of-State
55
The University of Texas at Arlington
(TX)
$17,839.84
All Students
57
Old Dominion University
(VA)
$17,856.00
$19,368.00
In-State
Out-of-State
58
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$18,000.00
All Students
59
James Madison University
(VA)
$18,016.00
$42,272.00
In-State
Out-of-State
60
California University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$18,181.50
$18,841.50
In-State
Out-of-State
61
Columbus State University
(GA)
$18,316.00
All Students
62
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$18,440.00
All Students
63
Colorado Technical University
(CO)
$18,510.00
All Students
65
Tabor College
(KS)
$18,568.00
All Students
66
Midwestern State University
(TX)
$18,931.30
All Students
67
Lenoir-Rhyne University
(NC)
$18,975.00
All Students
68
Queens University of Charlotte
(NC)
$19,010.00
All Students
70
Minnesota State University-Moorhead
(MN)
$19,095.48
$36,195.48
In-State
Out-of-State
71
University of Lynchburg
(VA)
$19,110.00
All Students
72
Cumberland University
(TN)
$19,125.00
All Students
73
Clayton State University
(GA)
$19,323.00
All Students
74
Oklahoma Baptist University
(OK)
$19,350.00
All Students
75
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$19,405.00
$15,805.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
78
Queens University of Charlotte
(NC)
$19,520.00
All Students
79
McKendree University
(IL)
$19,525.00
All Students
80
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$19,554.00
$27,540.00
In-State
Out-of-State
81
Indiana State University
(IN)
$19,688.00
$24,811.00
In-State
Out-of-State
82
Ohio University
(OH)
$19,701.00
$20,328.00
In-State
Out-of-State
83
Midwestern State University
(TX)
$19,754.40
All Students
84
MidAmerica Nazarene University
(KS)
$19,773.00
All Students
85
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
(NY)
$19,901.70
$23,681.70
In-State
Out-of-State
86
The University of Texas at Arlington
(TX)
$20,125.00
All Students
87
University of Missouri-Columbia
(MO)
$20,259.60
All Students
88
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$20,376.00
All Students
89
Spring Hill College
(AL)
$20,825.00
All Students
90
Colorado Christian University
Master of Science in Nursing 14
(CO)
$20,828.00
All Students
91
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$20,880.00
All Students
92
Rivier University
(NH)
$20,945.00
All Students
93
Jacksonville University
(FL)
$21,000.00
All Students
94
University of Mount Olive
(NC)
$21,090.00
All Students
95
Northern Kentucky University
(KY)
$21,114.00
All Students
96
Ferris State University
(MI)
$21,238.00
All Students
97
University of South Carolina-Upstate
(SC)
$21,467.50
$45,398.00
In-State
Out-of-State
98
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$21,500.00
$17,500.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
99
University of Saint Mary
(KS)
$21,525.00
All Students
102
Northwest Nazarene University
(ID)
$21,760.00
All Students
103
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
(IL)
$22,067.00
All Students
104
Franklin Pierce University
(NH)
$22,145.00
All Students
105
Lenoir-Rhyne University
(NC)
$22,425.00
All Students
106
Stevenson University
(MD)
$22,500.00
All Students
107
King University
(TN)
$22,550.00
All Students
108
Graceland University
Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse Educator 10,14
(IA)
$22,850.00
All Students
109
Quinnipiac University
(CT)
$23,000.00
All Students
110
Notre Dame College
(OH)
$23,010.00
All Students
111
Jacksonville University
(FL)
$23,100.00
All Students
112
Troy University
(AL)
$23,218.00
All Students
113
Western Kentucky University
(KY)
$23,331.00
$8,250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
114
Benedictine University
(IL)
$23,400.00
All Students
116
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$23,575.00
All Students
117
Idaho State University
(ID)
$23,681.00
$53,233.00
In-State
Out-of-State
118
Indiana University Online
(IN)
$23,701.36
$63,349.36
In-State
Out-of-State
119
Southern Adventist University
(TN)
$23,750.00
All Students
120
Capella University
(MN)
$23,825.00
All Students
125
Liberty University
(VA)
$23,830.00
All Students
128
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
(IL)
$23,999.00
All Students
129
Bethel University - MN
(MN)
$24,190.00
All Students
130
University of Mary
(ND)
$24,210.00
All Students
131
Robert Morris University
(PA)
$24,235.00
All Students
132
Clarkson College
(NE)
$24,375.00
All Students
133
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$24,380.00
All Students
134
Florida National University
(FL)
$24,440.00
All Students
135
University of Kansas
(KS)
$24,463.15
All Students
136
Charleston Southern University
(SC)
$24,490.00
All Students
137
La Roche University
(PA)
$24,555.00
All Students
138
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$24,603.00
All Students
142
Walden University
(MN)
$24,780.00
All Students
143
Excelsior College
(NY)
$24,810.00
$12,210.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
144
Purdue University Global
(IN)
$24,870.00
$20,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
148
Northern Arizona University
(AZ)
$24,936.00
$35,592.00
In-State
Out-of-State
149
Regis University
(CO)
$25,010.00
All Students
150
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(MN)
$25,057.34
All Students
151
Stony Brook University
(NY)
$25,110.00
$46,350.00
In-State
Out-of-State
158
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
(MA)
$25,197.00
All Students
159
Benedictine University
(IL)
$25,350.00
All Students
160
Excelsior College
(NY)
$25,455.00
$12,505.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
161
Sacred Heart University
(CT)
$25,460.00
All Students
163
Cedarville University
(OH)
$25,605.00
All Students
164
Spring Arbor University
(MI)
$25,935.00
All Students
165
La Roche University
(PA)
$25,985.00
All Students
166
Excelsior College
(NY)
$26,100.00
$12,800.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
167
Virginia Commonwealth University
(VA)
$26,240.00
$53,628.00
In-State
Out-of-State
168
Azusa Pacific University
(CA)
$26,241.00
All Students
169
Clarkson College
(NE)
$26,250.00
All Students
170
Frontier Nursing University
(KY)
$26,260.00
All Students
171
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
(ME)
$26,283.00
All Students
172
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
(CO)
$26,394.00
$30,498.00
In-State
Out-of-State
173
Concordia University Irvine
(CA)
$26,450.00
All Students
174
Saint Xavier University
(IL)
$26,600.00
All Students
176
Norwich University
(VT)
$26,982.00
All Students
177
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
(PA)
$27,027.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$27,200.00
All Students
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
(PA)
$28,236.00
All Students
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
(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
(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
(MI)
$29,510.00
All Students
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
(KY)
$30,452.00
All Students
Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
(WI)
$30,549.00
All Students
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$30,623.00
All Students
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
(FL)
$30,744.00
All Students
Lewis University
(IL)
$31,480.00
All Students
Mercy College
(NY)
$31,484.00
All Students
Roberts Wesleyan College
(NY)
$31,812.00
All Students
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$32,569.00
All Students
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$33,077.00
All Students
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
(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
Purdue University Global
(IN)
$37,305.00
$31,455.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Boise State University
(ID)
$37,500.00
All Students
Seton Hall University
Master of Science in Nursing / Health Systems Administration with Case Management 10,14
(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
(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
(PA)
$42,300.00
$35,235.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Loyola University Chicago
(IL)
$42,514.00
All Students
Drexel University
(PA)
$43,240.00
$36,018.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Bethel University - MN
(MN)
$44,061.00
All Students
University of Pittsburgh
(PA)
$45,088.00
All Students
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
(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
(PA)
$51,700.00
$43,065.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$52,208.00
All Students
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
(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
(NJ)
$59,480.00
All Students
The George Washington University
(DC)
$62,335.00
All Students
Simmons College
(MA)
$65,335.00
All Students
Johns Hopkins University
(MD)
$65,731.00
All Students
Samuel Merritt University
(CA)
$66,457.00
All Students
Duke University
(NC)
$72,251.00
All Students
Georgetown University
(DC)
$79,820.00
All Students
Georgetown University
(DC)
$87,800.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$88,200.00
All Students
Georgetown University
(DC)
$97,775.00
All Students

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)

14 Program is no longer accepting new students

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.

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