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2022 Best Doctor's Degree Schools in North Carolina

21 Schools Ranked
$83,646 Avg Student Debt

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The Best Doctor's Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 21 schools in North Carolina to see which doctor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences 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 North Carolina

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#1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$12,522 Average Tuition & Fees
$82,952 Avg Student Debt

Our 2022 rankings named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the best school in North Carolina for students working on their doctor’s degree.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $82,952 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UNC Chapel Hill. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 77% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
$59,140 Average Tuition & Fees
$117,114 Avg Student Debt

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

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Duke accumulate an average of $117,114 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Duke. During the 2019-2020 year, about 2% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#3

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
$11,673 Average Tuition & Fees
$75,153 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Carolina State University. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $75,153 in loans while pursuing their degree.

NC State does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 78% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$39,216 Average Tuition & Fees
$146,441 Avg Student Debt

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Wake Forest University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in North Carolina.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $146,441 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Wake Forest University does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 67% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#5

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
$14,985 Average Tuition & Fees
$174,063 Avg Student Debt

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Campbell University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in North Carolina.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Campbell accumulate an average of $174,063 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Campbell does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 4% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#6

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
$7,536 Average Tuition & Fees
$77,918 Avg Student Debt

East Carolina 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 #6 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $77,918 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at ECU. In fact, around 80% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#7

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
$8,200 Average Tuition & Fees
$47,639 Avg Student Debt

University of North Carolina at Greensboro did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $47,639 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UNC Greensboro. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 80% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#8

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
$138,697 Avg Student Debt

Elon University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $138,697 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#9

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina
$94,035 Avg Student Debt

Wingate University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $94,035 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Wingate. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 18% took at least some of their classes online.

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#10

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
$7,621 Average Tuition & Fees
$57,827 Avg Student Debt

University of North Carolina at Charlotte came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UNC Charlotte accumulate an average of $57,827 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that UNC Charlotte does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 82% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#11

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina
$29,129 Average Tuition & Fees

High Point 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.

High Point 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, 12% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#12

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina
$7,641 Average Tuition & Fees
$99,413 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #12, North Carolina Central University 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 $99,413 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at North Carolina Central 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, 56% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#13

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
$9,050 Average Tuition & Fees
$45,592 Avg Student Debt

Gardner - Webb 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 #13 on the list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Gardner - Webb accumulate an average of $45,592 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Gardner - Webb. 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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#14

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina
$7,862 Average Tuition & Fees

North Carolina A & T State University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

Online graduate courses are available at NC A&T, 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 2019-2020 academic year, around 82% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
$5,830 Average Tuition & Fees

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

SEBTS 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, 59% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#16

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$6,412 Average Tuition & Fees
$52,777 Avg Student Debt

Winston - Salem 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 #16 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $52,777 in loans while pursuing their degree.

WSSU 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 89% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#17

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
$7,414 Average Tuition & Fees
$40,939 Avg Student Debt

Western Carolina 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 #17 on the list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from WCU accumulate an average of $40,939 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that WCU does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 87% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#18

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
$7,457 Average Tuition & Fees
$59,461 Avg Student Debt

University of North Carolina at Wilmington 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.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $59,461 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that UNCW does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 88% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#19

Methodist University

Fayetteville, North Carolina
$40,285 Average Tuition & Fees

Methodist University landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

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#20

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina
$5,765 Average Tuition & Fees
$40,787 Avg Student Debt

Fayetteville State University landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Fayetteville State University accumulate an average of $40,787 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 Fayetteville State University does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 89% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#21

Piedmont International University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$8,230 Average Tuition & Fees
$45,041 Avg Student Debt

Piedmont International University landed the #21 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Piedmont International University accumulate an average of $45,041 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Since the graduate programs at Piedmont International University are primarily online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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#22

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
$8,007 Average Tuition & Fees
$35,790 Avg Student Debt

Appalachian State University landed the #22 spot in the 2022 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 $35,790 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Appalachian State does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 86% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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$20,460 Average Tuition & Fees

Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts landed the #23 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

One thing to take note of is that Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 60% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#24

Hood Theological Seminary

Salisbury, North Carolina
$19,230 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,233 Avg Student Debt

Hood Theological Seminary came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $67,233 in student loans.

Since the graduate programs at Hood Theological Seminary are primarily online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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$8,845 Average Tuition & Fees

Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary landed the #25 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since CCCTS does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 94% 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 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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