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2021 Best Value Health Professions Master's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

513 Colleges
$8,800 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$69,078 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Health Professions Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 965,851 degrees and certificates were awarded to health professions students, making the major the most popular in the country.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Value Health Professions Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 513 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for health professions students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Health Professions Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Health Professions

#1

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

Our analysis found Otterbein University to be the best value school for health professions students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Otterbein is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Westerville.

Otterbein graduate students pay an average of $945 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Arecibo, Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo graduate students pay an average of $4,146 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Worcester State University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Worcester State graduate students pay an average of $5,796 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend American Sentinel University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. American Sentinel University is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Aurora.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at American Sentinel University are $6,840 a year.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Northeast Ohio Medical University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value health professions schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Rootstown, NEOMED is a public school with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at NEOMED are $11,136 per year.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the city of Mankato.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $8,474 per year.

Minnesota State Mankato excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Winona.

SMU MN graduate students pay an average of $9,180 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

Grantham University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Grantham University is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the small city of Lenexa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Grantham University are $4,800 a year.

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#9

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX

MSU Texas came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking. MSU Texas is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Wichita Falls.

MSU Texas graduate students pay an average of $7,779 in tuition and fees each year.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. UT Health San Antonio is a small public school located in the city of San Antonio.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UT Health San Antonio are $12,984 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Health San Antonio also is in the top 5% of our Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#11

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

With a ranking of #11, Western Governors University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for health professions students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at WGU are $7,790 a year.

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#12

Clarkson College

Omaha, NE

With a ranking of #12, Clarkson College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for health professions students working on their master’s degree. Clarkson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Clarkson College are $11,658 a year.

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#13

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

University of Scranton came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking. University of Scranton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Scranton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at University of Scranton are $11,630 per year.

University of Scranton excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#14

Marywood University

Scranton, PA

Marywood University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Marywood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Scranton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Marywood are $11,438 per year.

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#15

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Salve Regina University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Newport, Salve Regina is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Salve Regina graduate students pay an average of $11,010 in tuition and fees each year.

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Baldwin Wallace University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Berea, Baldwin Wallace College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Baldwin Wallace College are $13,514 per year.

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#17

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Ferris are $7,608 per year.

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#18

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR

Universidad del Turabo came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Gurabo, Universidad del Turabo is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Universidad del Turabo graduate students pay an average of $3,552 in tuition and fees each year.

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#19

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA

With a ranking of #19, Mount Saint Mary’s University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for health professions students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, MSMU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

MSMU graduate students pay an average of $12,134 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #20, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for health professions students working on their master’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at North Dakota State University are $11,123 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Dakota State University also is in the top 15% of our Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#21

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree health professions programs. Located in the suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Bethel University Minnesota are $11,700 per year.

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Saint Joseph’s College of Maine landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree health professions programs. Located in the rural area of Standish, Saint Joseph's Maine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Saint Joseph’s Maine graduate students pay an average of $9,470 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Wilmington University are $8,834 a year.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

SIUE graduate students pay an average of $9,176 in tuition and fees each year.

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Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at BYU are $7,290 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Health Professions Master's Degree Schools

#28

Hampton University

Hampton, VA
#32

Union University

Jackson, TN
#33

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#37

American International College

Springfield, MA
#39

Le Moyne College

Syracuse, NY
#40

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#41

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI
#42

Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA
#45

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH
#46

Nyack College

Nyack, NY
#50

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value Health Professions Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 513 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
52 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
53 Villanova University Villanova, PA
54 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
55 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
55 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
55 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
58 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
59 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
59 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
59 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
62 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
62 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
64 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
65 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
66 Rivier University Nashua, NH
67 Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL
68 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
69 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
70 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
71 Cambridge College Boston, MA
72 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
73 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
74 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
74 University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA
76 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
76 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Health Professions Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
78 Dewey University - Hato Rey Hato Rey, PR
79 University of North Texas Denton, TX
80 Universidad del Este Carolina, PR
81 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
81 Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines, IA
83 Life University Marietta, GA
84 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
85 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
86 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
86 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
88 The Sage Colleges Troy, NY
89 Albany Medical College Albany, NY
90 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
91 Touro College New York, NY
92 Spalding University Louisville, KY
93 Malone University Canton, OH
93 Seton Hill University Greensburg, PA
95 Creighton University Omaha, NE
96 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
96 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
98 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
99 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
100 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
100 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
102 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
102 Canisius College Buffalo, NY

Health Professions by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Health Professions Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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