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2022 Best Doctor's Degree Schools in Virginia

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Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Doctor's Degree Schools in Virginia ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 20 schools in Virginia 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 Virginia

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
$15,200 Average Tuition & Fees
$101,709 Avg Student Debt

Our 2022 rankings named Virginia Commonwealth University the best school in Virginia for students working on their doctor’s degree.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $101,709 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at VCU. In fact, around 62% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

Full Virginia Commonwealth University Report

#2

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
$20,184 Average Tuition & Fees
$98,272 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Virginia - Main Campus is a great place for students working on their doctor’s degree.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from University of Virginia accumulate an average of $98,272 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 University of Virginia does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2019-2020 about 75% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

Full University of Virginia - Main Campus Report

#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
$16,030 Average Tuition & Fees
$97,364 Avg Student Debt

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

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $97,364 in student loans.

Virginia Tech does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 63% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

Full Virginia Tech Report

#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
$8,349 Average Tuition & Fees
$70,022 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Liberty University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Virginia list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Liberty University accumulate an average of $70,022 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Liberty 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 97% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full Liberty University Report

#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
$16,098 Average Tuition & Fees
$68,227 Avg Student Debt

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

Doctor’s Degree recipients from GMU accumulate an average of $68,227 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that GMU 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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#6

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
$17,052 Average Tuition & Fees
$90,033 Avg Student Debt

Regent 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 $90,033 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Regent, 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, 94% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#7

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia
$11,711 Average Tuition & Fees
$122,824 Avg Student Debt

University of Lynchburg landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Lynchburg accumulate an average of $122,824 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Lynchburg 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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#8

William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
$16,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$83,749 Avg Student Debt

William & Mary landed the #8 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 $83,749 in student loans.

William & Mary does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2019-2020 year, about 85% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#9

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia
$23,040 Average Tuition & Fees
$102,981 Avg Student Debt

Shenandoah University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Virginia list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $102,981 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Shenandoah. 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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#10

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
$13,224 Average Tuition & Fees
$47,400 Avg Student Debt

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

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $47,400 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at Old Dominion, 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, 82% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#11

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Norfolk, Virginia
$21,744 Average Tuition & Fees
$225,665 Avg Student Debt

Eastern Virginia Medical School ranked #11 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Virginia list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Eastern Virginia Medical School accumulate an average of $225,665 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Eastern Virginia Medical School does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In 2019-2020 about 17% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#12

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
$99,864 Avg Student Debt

Washington and Lee 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 $99,864 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#13

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
$98,286 Avg Student Debt

University of Richmond 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.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $98,286 in student loans.

Full University of Richmond Report

#14

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia
$13,134 Average Tuition & Fees
$149,100 Avg Student Debt

Hampton University landed the #14 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 $149,100 in student loans.

Hampton 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 27% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

Full Hampton University Report

#15

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Oakwood, Virginia
$149,376 Avg Student Debt

Appalachian College of Pharmacy landed the #15 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $149,376 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#16

Mary Baldwin University

Staunton, Virginia
$13,140 Average Tuition & Fees
$118,539 Avg Student Debt

Mary Baldwin University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Virginia list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $118,539 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Mary Baldwin 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 51% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#17

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
$12,409 Average Tuition & Fees
$72,925 Avg Student Debt

Radford University landed the #17 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 $72,925 in student loans.

Radford 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 87% took at least some of their classes online.

Full Radford University Report

#18

Appalachian School of Law

Grundy, Virginia
$35,700 Average Tuition & Fees
$104,751 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, Appalachian School of Law 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 $104,751 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Appalachian School of Law. In 2019-2020 about 34% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#19

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
$11,976 Average Tuition & Fees

James Madison University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Virginia ranking.

JMU 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 68% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#20

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia
$20,116 Average Tuition & Fees
$121,169 Avg Student Debt

Marymount 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 #20 on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $121,169 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Marymount 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.

Full Marymount University Report

#21

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia
$34,033 Average Tuition & Fees

Emory and Henry College landed the #21 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best doctor’s degree programs.

Emory & Henry College is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

Full Emory and Henry College Report

$7,110 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #22, University of Management and Technology 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 University of Management and Technology. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 98% took at least some of their classes online.

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#23

Virginia Union University

Richmond, Virginia
$14,275 Average Tuition & Fees
$54,725 Avg Student Debt

Virginia Union University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Doctor’s Degree Schools in Virginia list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $54,725 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, VUU is an excellent choice, since graduate classes are offered online.

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#24

Virginia University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia University of Lynchburg 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.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Virginia University of Lynchburg. In fact, around 86% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

Full Virginia University of Lynchburg Report

#24

Virginia State University

Petersburg, Virginia
$11,989 Average Tuition & Fees
$83,546 Avg Student Debt

Virginia 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 #24 on the list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $83,546 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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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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