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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

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Our analysis found University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be the best school for students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in North Carolina.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $82,952 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2019-2020 about 77% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

Full University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Report

#2

Duke University

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

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Duke University helped the school earn the #2 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 $117,114 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at Duke, 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, 2% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#3

North Carolina State University

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

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at North Carolina State University helped the school earn the #3 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 $75,153 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at NC State. During the 2019-2020 year, about 78% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#4

Wake Forest University

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

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Wake Forest University is a great place for students working on their doctor’s degree.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $146,441 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Wake Forest University. In 2019-2020 about 67% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#5

Campbell University

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

Out of the 27 schools in North Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Campbell University landed the # 5 spot on the list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Campbell accumulate an average of $174,063 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 Campbell does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 4% of graduates took at least one course online 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 ranked #6 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina list.

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

ECU does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. 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

With a ranking of #7, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 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 $47,639 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UNC Greensboro does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. During the 2019-2020 year, about 80% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full University of North Carolina at Greensboro Report

#8

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
$138,697 Avg Student Debt

Elon University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina list.

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 landed the #9 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

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

Online graduate courses are available at Wingate, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2019-2020 year, about 18% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full Wingate University Report

#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 landed the #10 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 $57,827 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at UNC Charlotte, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2019-2020 about 82% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

Full University of North Carolina at Charlotte Report

#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 offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2019-2020 about 12% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#12

North Carolina Central University

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

North Carolina Central University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $99,413 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since North Carolina Central University does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. 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.

Full North Carolina Central University Report

#13

Gardner - Webb University

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

Gardner - Webb University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $45,592 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Gardner - Webb. During the 2019-2020 year, about 59% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full Gardner - Webb University Report

#14

North Carolina A & T State University

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

North Carolina A & T State University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina list.

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

Full North Carolina A & T State University Report

#15

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

With a ranking of #15, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

SEBTS does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 59% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

Full Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Report

#16

Winston - Salem State University

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

Winston - Salem State University came in at #16 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 $52,777 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at WSSU, 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, 89% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#17

Western Carolina University

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

Western Carolina University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $40,939 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since WCU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 87% of graduates took at least one course online 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 came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UNCW accumulate an average of $59,461 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 UNCW does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 88% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

Full University of North Carolina at Wilmington Report

#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.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $40,787 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at Fayetteville State University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2019-2020 year, about 89% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full Fayetteville State University Report

#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 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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#22

Appalachian State University

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

Appalachian State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in North Carolina list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Appalachian State accumulate an average of $35,790 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Appalachian State. In 2019-2020 about 86% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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$20,460 Average Tuition & Fees

Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts 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.

One thing to take note of is that Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2019-2020 year, about 60% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#24

Hood Theological Seminary

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

With a ranking of #24, Hood Theological Seminary did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Hood Theological Seminary accumulate an average of $67,233 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Since the graduate programs at Hood 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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$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.

CCCTS does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2019-2020 about 94% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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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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