Online PhD Programs in Nursing With the Most Affordable Tuition

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Colleges and universities across the nation that offer online PhD in nursing programs charge an average tuition of $12,589 per year. In recent years, there has been a 77% increase in the average tuition. In 2007, the average tuition was $7,112 per annum at these online schools.

The range of tuition at colleges offering online nursing programs at the PhD level is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 19
Low cost 20
Average cost 18
Most expensive 19

A yearly tuition of over $17,370 is charged by the costliest schools that offer online doctorate degree in nursing programs. The cheapest colleges and universities, on the other hand, require students to pay tuition in the range of $1,417 to $5,093 each year. Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia are home to the least expensive accredited online nursing PhD schools.

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Public Health Nurse Leader
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education – Brain Based Leadership
  • PhD in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education – School Business Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education – Conflict Resolution
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education – Community College Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education – Urban Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Public Health Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing – Clinical Systems Administration

In 2011, of all nursing graduates with doctoral degree programs from online colleges and universities in the nation, an estimated 25% earned credentials from these cheap programs. This represents 363,803 of the 1,474,243 graduates from around the US. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of nursing graduates with doctoral degree programs from the lowest cost online schools has decreased, while the number of graduates has increased by 98,865 graduates per year.

Other somewhat more costly online nursing PhD schools charge a yearly tuition in the range of $5,124 to $7,614. Of the 76 online colleges and universities with doctorate degrees in nursing programs in the nation, 20 offer programs with tuition in this range.

A reported 25.8%, or 381,007 of the nation’s nursing PhD level graduates earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. A short 5 years prior, in 2006, the number of students graduating from these colleges and universities was only 164,304.

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1. University of Massachusetts North Dartmouth, Massachusetts $1,417 $8,099
2. University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,758
3. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,937
4. Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida $2,296 $12,458
5. East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina $2,881 $14,955
6. South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota $2,994 $4,491
7. University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
8. University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida $3,347 $18,089
9. University of Florida Gainesville, Florida $3,530 $24,746
10. Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia $3,763 $14,155
11. Texas Woman’s University Denton, Texas $4,032 $11,472
12. New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico $4,128 $15,408
13. University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico $4,348 $17,533
14. University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado $4,680 $15,864
15. Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas $4,722 $12,756
16. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, Texas $4,805 $14,415
17. East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
18. University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado $5,016 $15,920
19. University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas $5,093 $14,393
20. University of South Florida Tampa, Florida $5,124 $15,933

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