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The 16 Most Affordable RN to MSN Online Programs

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Online RN to MSN programs can provide significant savings in both time and cost. Schools generally allow students to apply selected course credits towards both bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements, reducing the number of total credits required. Each school sets unique criteria, often based on school academic regulations and state compliance.

We compared 36 RN to MSN programs from 25 regionally accredited online schools to create this ‘Best Buy’ list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States—16 RN to MSN online programs for under $35,500. The most affordable RN to MSN online program (regardless of state residency) is offered by Lamar University for $17,394, although residents of North Carolina can save even more.

Average Cost (In-state): $36,646
Least Expensive: University of North Carolina at Charlotte ~ $13,917
Most Expensive: The George Washington University ~ $66,190

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 RN to MSN online programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable RN to MSN Online Programs

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Lamar University
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The University of Alabama
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The University of Texas at Arlington
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Western Governors University
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University of Mary
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Wilkes University
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Indiana Wesleyan University
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Southern New Hampshire University
Florida National University
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Jacksonville University
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MidAmerica Nazarene University
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Sacred Heart University
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Graceland University
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Capella University
BSN - RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited) 10,14
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Walden University
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NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
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Sacred Heart University
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Regis University
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Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
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Clarkson College
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Spring Arbor University
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Loyola University New Orleans
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Gonzaga University
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Loyola University New Orleans
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Spring Arbor University
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Spring Arbor University
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MCPHS University
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The George Washington University
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14 Program is no longer accepting new students. 

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

8 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
10 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Summer 2017 review of regionally accredited online RN to MSN programs. This ranking was compiled using the minimum number of total credits needed to complete the MSN degree. Your overall cost may be different on the basis of a number of factors: if you currently hold an associate’s or diploma in nursing, credits awarded for prior experience, and/or credits awarded for transfer. As with any program requiring state licensure, prospective students should check with their state of residency prior to enrollment in a nursing 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.

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.

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