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2021 Best Doctor's Degree Schools

464 Schools Ranked
$99,654 Avg Student Debt

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The Best Doctor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 464 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best doctor's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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Top Doctor's Degree Schools in the United States

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#1

Salus University

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
$30,835 Average Tuition & Fees
$161,614 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Salus University the best school in the United States for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Salus University accumulate an average of $161,614 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Salus University does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 10% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, California
$53,151 Average Tuition & Fees
$70,501 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Stanford University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $70,501 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that Stanford does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 9% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
$49,214 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,728 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 464 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 3 spot on the list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Harvard accumulate an average of $67,728 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Harvard does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 20% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#4

Midwestern University - Glendale

Glendale, Arizona
$47,512 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Midwestern University - Glendale helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in the United States.

Online graduate courses are available at Midwestern University - Glendale, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 1% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#5

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
$53,770 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Princeton University is a great place for students working on their doctor’s degree.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, Texas
$49,403 Average Tuition & Fees

Rice University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Rice. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 1% took at least some of their classes online.

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#7

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
$55,947 Average Tuition & Fees
$122,926 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, Dartmouth College did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $122,926 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Dartmouth does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 6% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#8

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, California
$51,885 Average Tuition & Fees
$182,032 Avg Student Debt

Samuel Merritt University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $182,032 in student loans.

Samuel Merritt University does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 23% took at least some of their classes online.

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#9

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas
$28,166 Average Tuition & Fees
$98,154 Avg Student Debt

Baylor College of Medicine landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $98,154 in student loans.

Baylor College of Medicine does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 4% took at least some of their classes online.

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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
$56,567 Average Tuition & Fees
$128,077 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $128,077 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Northwestern U. During the 2017-2018 year, about 5% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
$58,180 Average Tuition & Fees
$138,363 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #11, Brown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $138,363 in student loans.

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$9,401 Average Tuition & Fees
$92,690 Avg Student Debt

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $92,690 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 49% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#13

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
$61,548 Average Tuition & Fees
$87,223 Avg Student Debt

University of Chicago came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UChicago accumulate an average of $87,223 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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$17,864 Average Tuition & Fees
$60,128 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #14, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $60,128 in student loans.

USAHS is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#15

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
$57,059 Average Tuition & Fees

Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at MIT. In fact, around 1% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#16

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
$36,380 Average Tuition & Fees
$123,620 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #16, Claremont Graduate University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Claremont Graduate University accumulate an average of $123,620 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Claremont Graduate University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 2% took at least some of their classes online.

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#17

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Downers Grove, Illinois
$45,511 Average Tuition & Fees
$242,994 Avg Student Debt

Midwestern University - Downers Grove did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $242,994 in student loans.

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#18

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
$56,888 Average Tuition & Fees
$117,114 Avg Student Debt

Duke University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $117,114 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Duke. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 10% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#19

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
$57,556 Average Tuition & Fees
$66,845 Avg Student Debt

Johns Hopkins University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $66,845 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Johns Hopkins. In fact, around 54% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#20

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
$27,130 Average Tuition & Fees

Lehigh University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

Lehigh does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 20% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#21

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$45,909 Average Tuition & Fees

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list.

Carnegie Mellon does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 11% took at least some of their classes online.

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#22

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$40,182 Average Tuition & Fees
$130,127 Avg Student Debt

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $130,127 in loans while pursuing their degree.

UPenn does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 3% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#23

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
$30,022 Average Tuition & Fees
$135,111 Avg Student Debt

Cornell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $135,111 in student loans.

Cornell does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 4% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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$7,352 Average Tuition & Fees
$72,783 Avg Student Debt

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $72,783 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#25

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
$19,528 Average Tuition & Fees
$98,272 Avg Student Debt

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $98,272 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at University of Virginia. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 11% took at least some of their classes online.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Doctor's Degree Schools in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Misericordia University

Dallas, Pennsylvania
#28

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#29

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#30

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota
#33

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, California
#37

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#38

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, California
#39

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Norfolk, Virginia
#40

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Brooklyn, New York
#41

Upstate Medical University

Syracuse, New York
#44

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#46

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania
#48

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#49

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

Rest of the Top 15% Best Doctor's Degree Schools in the United States

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Rank School Location
51 Georgetown University Washington, DC
52 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
53 Arcadia University Glenside, PA
54 William James College Newton, MA
55 New York Medical College Valhalla, NY
56 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
57 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
58 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
59 Tufts University Medford, MA
60 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
61 Trinity International University - Illinois Deerfield, IL
62 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
63 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA
64 Winona State University Winona, MN
65 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
66 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
67 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
68 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
69 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
70 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our best schools ranking:

Rank School Location
71 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
72 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
73 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
74 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA
75 University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD
76 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
77 Belmont University Nashville, TN
78 Creighton University Omaha, NE
79 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
80 New York University New York, NY
81 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
82 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
83 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
84 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
85 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
86 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Erie, PA
87 Iowa State University Ames, IA
88 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
89 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
90 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
91 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
92 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago Chicago, IL
93 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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