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Doctor’s Degree in Nursing

7,921 Yearly Graduations
$109,000 Median Salary
$58,114 Median Debt
There are 380 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 28% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.9% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2017-2018, 7,921 earned their doctor's degree in nursing. This earns it the #5 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree programs in the nation. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 150,125
Associate’s Degree 80,167
Master’s Degree 48,419
Doctor’s Degree 7,921
Graduate Certificate 3,082
Undergraduate Certificate 2,530
Basic Certificate 1,389

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Doctor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in nursing is $109,000. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $99,700 and the high is $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 length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

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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The median monthly payment of a nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $677.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in nursing. About 86.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,049
Women 6,872
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degree in Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 479
Black or African American 1,077
Hispanic or Latino 455
White 5,099
International Students 149
Other Races/Ethnicities 662
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Doctor's Degree Students

There are 380 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

245 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekinga doctor's degree is Chamberlain University - Illinois. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. 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 2017-2018 academic year, 245 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Chamberlain - Illinois. Of these students, 93% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
218 Yearly Graduations
94% 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. Each year, around 49,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,739 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 218 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Walden University. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#3

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
185 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Alabama comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 185 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from USA. About 92% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Rush University

Chicago, Illinois
177 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rush University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,168 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,788 per year.

The nursing program at Rush University awarded 177 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#5

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
151 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,399 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,916 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 151 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. Of these students, 87% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
134 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Frontier Nursing University. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 134 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#7

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
120 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Duke University. Roughly 16,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,540 per year.

The nursing program at Duke University awarded 120 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 86% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
114 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,058 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,064 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 114 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UMN Twin Cities. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

112 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,127 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,510 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 112 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UW Seattle. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#10

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
109 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 49,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,886 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,232 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 109 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 88% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
105 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Arizona. Roughly 43,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,467 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,716 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 105 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Arizona. About 80% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
103 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - Baltimore is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 6,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,550 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 103 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from University of Maryland - Baltimore. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#13

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
91 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Utah. Each year, around 32,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,988 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 91 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from U of U. About 73% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

88 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center. Each year, around 3,100 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 $13,375 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 88 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from UTHSC. Of these students, 81% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
85 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Sentinel University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,840 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,360 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 85 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at American Sentinel University. About 92% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
84 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wilkes University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 5,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,454 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,144 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 84 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Wilkes. Of these students, 94% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
83 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Florida. Each year, around 52,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 83 people received their doctor's degree in nursing from U of F. Of these students, 90% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
81 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Florida comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 16,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,853 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,570 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 81 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UNF. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

80 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,104 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,406 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 80 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at ASU - Downtown Phoenix. Of these students, 82% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
78 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanderbilt University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in nursing. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,208 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78 doctor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Vanderbilt. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,418
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,588
Rehabilitation Professions 12,935
Dentistry 6,494
Osteopathic Medicine 6,392

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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