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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

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#1

Vanderbilt University

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

Our analysis found Vanderbilt University to be the best school for students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in Tennessee.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Vanderbilt accumulate an average of $102,888 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 Vanderbilt does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2019-2020 about 67% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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$14,180 Average Tuition & Fees
$134,822 Avg Student Debt

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

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $134,822 in loans while pursuing their degree.

UTHSC does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 73% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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

Out of the 31 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville landed the # 3 spot on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $78,528 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at UT Knoxville, 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, 36% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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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.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UofM. During the 2019-2020 year, about 58% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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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.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $108,913 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at ETSU. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 49% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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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.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $131,113 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Belmont. In fact, around 37% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class 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 came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from LMU accumulate an average of $100,869 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 LMU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 13% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#8

South College

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

South College landed the #8 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from South College accumulate an average of $141,397 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

South 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. 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

With a ranking of #9, Meharry Medical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Meharry Medical College accumulate an average of $268,494 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#10

Trevecca Nazarene University

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

Trevecca Nazarene University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

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

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at TNU. In fact, around 66% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#11

Southern College of Optometry

Memphis, Tennessee
$132,640 Avg Student Debt

Southern College of Optometry 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.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $132,640 in student loans.

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#12

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee
$138,428 Avg Student Debt

Lipscomb 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 #12 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $138,428 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Lipscomb. 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.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $117,442 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Union 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, 70% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#14

Tennessee State University

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

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 #14 on the list.

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 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, 41% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#15

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

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

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 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.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $48,552 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UT Chattanooga. 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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Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc 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.

One thing to take note of is that MTSA does offer online graduate classes in some areas. 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.

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#17

Carson - Newman University

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

Carson - Newman University came in at #17 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 $48,194 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Carson - Newman does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. During the 2019-2020 year, about 85% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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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 came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Middle Tennessee State University accumulate an average of $26,463 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Middle 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, 57% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#19

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
$11,558 Average Tuition & Fees

Tennessee Technological 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 #19 on the list.

One thing to take note of is that Tennessee Tech University does offer online graduate classes in some areas. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 80% took at least some of their classes online.

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#20

Memphis Theological Seminary

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

Memphis Theological Seminary came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $46,115 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#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.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since FHU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. 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 came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Milligan does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 16% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#22

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee

Southern Adventist University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list.

Online graduate courses are available at Southern Adventist, 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, 71% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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

Sewanee - The University of the South 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.

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

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Sewanee. During the 2019-2020 year, about 33% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#25

King University

Bristol, Tennessee

King 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 #25 on the list.

King 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 84% took at least some of their classes online.

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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%.

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