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2022 Best Doctor's Degree Schools in Tennessee

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It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Doctor's Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking. This report analyzed 19 schools in Tennessee to see which ones offered the best doctor's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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Top Doctor's Degree Schools in Tennessee

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
$50,624 Average Tuition & Fees
$102,888 Avg Student Debt

Our 2022 rankings named Vanderbilt University the best school in Tennessee 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 $102,888 in student loans.

Vanderbilt does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. 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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$14,180 Average Tuition & Fees
$134,822 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $134,822 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UTHSC. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 73% took at least some of their classes online.

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$13,380 Average Tuition & Fees
$78,528 Avg Student Debt

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

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $78,528 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UT Knoxville does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 36% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
$10,746 Average Tuition & Fees
$65,517 Avg Student Debt

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

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $65,517 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that UofM does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 58% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#5

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
$10,559 Average Tuition & Fees
$108,913 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend East Tennessee State University. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from ETSU accumulate an average of $108,913 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at ETSU. During the 2019-2020 year, about 49% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#6

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
$24,260 Average Tuition & Fees
$131,113 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Belmont 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 $131,113 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Belmont, 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, 37% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#7

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee
$21,155 Average Tuition & Fees
$100,869 Avg Student Debt

Lincoln Memorial University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $100,869 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that LMU does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2019-2020 year, about 13% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#8

South College

Knoxville, Tennessee
$27,550 Average Tuition & Fees
$141,397 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, South 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 $141,397 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at South College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 30% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#9

Meharry Medical College

Nashville, Tennessee
$31,554 Average Tuition & Fees
$268,494 Avg Student Debt

Meharry Medical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $268,494 in student loans.

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#10

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee
$9,282 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,472 Avg Student Debt

Trevecca Nazarene University landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $67,472 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that TNU does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2019-2020 year, about 66% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full Trevecca Nazarene University Report

#11

Southern College of Optometry

Memphis, Tennessee
$132,640 Avg Student Debt

Southern College of Optometry landed the #11 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $132,640 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#12

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee
$138,428 Avg Student Debt

Lipscomb University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Lipscomb accumulate an average of $138,428 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Lipscomb, 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 31% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#13

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
$10,671 Average Tuition & Fees
$117,442 Avg Student Debt

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

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Union accumulate an average of $117,442 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Union. In 2019-2020 about 70% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#14

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
$10,384 Average Tuition & Fees
$75,810 Avg Student Debt

Tennessee State University landed the #14 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Tennessee State University accumulate an average of $75,810 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Tennessee State University does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 41% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

Full Tennessee State University Report

#15

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee
$10,270 Average Tuition & Fees
$48,552 Avg Student Debt

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga landed the #15 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UT Chattanooga accumulate an average of $48,552 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at UT Chattanooga, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2019-2020 about 60% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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With a ranking of #16, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at MTSA. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 50% took at least some of their classes online.

Full Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc Report

#17

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee
$9,587 Average Tuition & Fees
$48,194 Avg Student Debt

Carson - Newman University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Carson - Newman accumulate an average of $48,194 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Carson - Newman 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 2019-2020 about 85% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#17

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
$10,350 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,463 Avg Student Debt

Middle Tennessee 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 #17 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $26,463 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Middle Tennessee State University. In 2019-2020 about 57% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#19

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
$11,558 Average Tuition & Fees

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

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Tennessee Tech University. In fact, around 80% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

Full Tennessee Technological University Report

#20

Memphis Theological Seminary

Memphis, Tennessee
$15,945 Average Tuition & Fees
$46,115 Avg Student Debt

Memphis Theological Seminary did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $46,115 in student loans.

Full Memphis Theological Seminary Report

#21

Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, Tennessee

Freed-Hardeman 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.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at FHU. During the 2019-2020 year, about 87% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#22

Milligan University

Milligan College, Tennessee
$9,555 Average Tuition & Fees

Milligan University landed the #22 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Milligan 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 16% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#22

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee

Southern Adventist University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

Southern Adventist 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 71% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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$18,243 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,609 Avg Student Debt

Sewanee - The University of the South came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $19,609 in student loans.

Sewanee 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 33% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#25

King University

Bristol, Tennessee

King University landed the #25 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Online graduate courses are available at King, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2019-2020 about 84% 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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