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Doctor’s Degrees in Nursing

8,781 Yearly Graduations
$109,000 Median Salary
$58,114 Median Debt
There are 394 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in nursing. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 30% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.5% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8,781 students earned their doctor's degree in nursing. This makes it the 5th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 154,540
Associate’s Degree 83,213
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386
Undergraduate Certificate 2,700
Basic Certificate 1,476

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in nursing is $109,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $99,700 to a high of $124,200.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in nursing is $58,114. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $73,263 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $41,166.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $677.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in nursing. About 86.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,166
Women 7,615
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of nursing doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 579
Black or African American 1,298
Hispanic or Latino 520
White 5,602
International Students 130
Other Races/Ethnicities 652
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Doctor's Degree Students

There are 394 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

287 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 27,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,890 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 287 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Chamberlain - Illinois. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#2

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
214 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Walden University. Roughly 50,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The nursing program at Walden University awarded 214 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Rush University

Chicago, Illinois
199 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rush University. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,236 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,116 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 199 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Rush University. About 90% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
194 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 90,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 194 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. About 93% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
157 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of South Alabama. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 157 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at USA. About 89% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
151 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Frontier Nursing University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Frontier Nursing University awarded 151 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#7

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
139 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The nursing program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick awarded 139 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
138 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is American Sentinel University. Roughly 2,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,540 per year.

The nursing program at American Sentinel University awarded 138 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 97% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
135 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - Baltimore is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 6,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,132 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UMB. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#10

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
127 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Arizona. Roughly 44,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from University of Arizona. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

127 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 47,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UW Seattle. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#12

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
126 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 37,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 126 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Capella University. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#13

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
113 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

The nursing program at University of Illinois at Chicago awarded 113 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
110 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Roughly 50,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 110 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UMN Twin Cities. About 88% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
109 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Florida comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 16,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,996 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,978 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 109 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UNF. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#16

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
100 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 33,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from U of U. Of these students, 76% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
91 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Creighton University. Each year, around 8,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,128 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Creighton. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#18

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
87 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Duke University. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Duke. About 90% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

87 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,390 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,099 per year.

The nursing program at The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center awarded 87 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#20

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
84 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Greensboro comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 20,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,219 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 doctor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UNC Greensboro. About 83% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,374

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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