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2022 Best Doctor's Degree Schools in Kentucky

14 Schools Ranked
$94,019 Avg Student Debt

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school or bootcamp that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Doctor's Degree Schools in Kentucky ranking. This report analyzed 14 schools in Kentucky to see which ones offered the best doctor's degree programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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Top Doctor's Degree Schools in Kentucky

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#1

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
$13,538 Average Tuition & Fees
$99,570 Avg Student Debt

Our 2022 rankings named University of Kentucky the best school in Kentucky 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 $99,570 in student loans.

UK does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 57% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#2

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
$13,461 Average Tuition & Fees
$111,053 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Louisville. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $111,053 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UofL does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 68% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#3

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
$20,292 Average Tuition & Fees
$53,811 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Frontier Nursing University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Frontier Nursing University accumulate an average of $53,811 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Frontier Nursing University 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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#4

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
$11,418 Average Tuition & Fees
$68,431 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 20 schools in Kentucky that were part of this year’s ranking, Northern Kentucky University landed the # 4 spot on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $68,431 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since NKU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 96% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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$9,132 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Kentucky.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at SBTS. In 2019-2020 about 58% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#6

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
$4,582 Average Tuition & Fees
$29,302 Avg Student Debt

University of the Cumberlands did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $29,302 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Cumberlands. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 99% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#7

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
$172,405 Avg Student Debt

Sullivan University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Sullivan University accumulate an average of $172,405 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Sullivan University, 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, 54% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#8

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
$116,127 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Bellarmine 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 $116,127 in student loans.

Bellarmine U 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 fact, around 38% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#9

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
$72,009 Avg Student Debt

Western Kentucky University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky ranking.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $72,009 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at WKU. In fact, around 81% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#10

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, Kentucky
$16,950 Average Tuition & Fees

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

Asbury Seminary 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. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 61% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#11

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
$8,881 Average Tuition & Fees
$58,993 Avg Student Debt

Murray State 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 #11 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $58,993 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Murray State does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 60% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#12

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
$10,450 Average Tuition & Fees
$41,508 Avg Student Debt

Eastern Kentucky University landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $41,508 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Eastern. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 79% took at least some of their classes online.

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#13

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky
$12,286 Average Tuition & Fees
$100,372 Avg Student Debt

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

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Spalding accumulate an average of $100,372 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Spalding 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. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 65% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#14

University of Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky
$221,479 Avg Student Debt

University of Pikeville ranked #14 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $221,479 in student loans.

UPIKE 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. During the 2019-2020 year, about 12% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#15

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
$10,512 Average Tuition & Fees
$66,479 Avg Student Debt

Morehead State University landed the #15 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Morehead State University accumulate an average of $66,479 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Morehead State 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. During the 2019-2020 year, about 96% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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$11,838 Average Tuition & Fees

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary landed the #16 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

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#17

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky
$8,660 Average Tuition & Fees

Kentucky State University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky list.

One thing to take note of is that KY State does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 59% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#17

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, Kentucky
$9,719 Average Tuition & Fees

Lindsey Wilson College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky list.

Lindsey Wilson College 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. During the 2019-2020 year, about 64% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#19

Lexington Theological Seminary

Lexington, Kentucky
$9,420 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #19, Lexington Theological Seminary did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Since the graduate programs at Lexington Theological Seminary are online, the school is an excellent choice for graduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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#20

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky
$8,773 Average Tuition & Fees

Campbellsville University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Kentucky ranking.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Campbellsville University. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 97% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 20 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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