Top MSN programs in Colorado

A master of science in nursing provides the necessary skills for specialist roles. Practitioner-track MSN programs can lead to a career as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Non-practitioner tracks are the primary path to careers in nursing education or administration. See below the best MSN programs, ranked according to our methodology

Our master's in nursing rankings cover 408 of the 493 universities available, accounting for 96% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $101,473.

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#1 in Colorado | #97 in Nursing nationally

Colorado State University Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Economic score: 0.34

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $105,115

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,328

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $39,792

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.38

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Colorado | #221 in Nursing nationally

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Economic score: 0.46

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $92,395

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,257

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $40,329

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.44

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Colorado | #269 in Nursing nationally

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Economic score: 0.52

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $103,568

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,918

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $57,930

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.56

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Colorado | #274 in Nursing nationally

University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical

Denver, Colorado

Economic score: 0.52

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $92,077

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,390

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $46,246

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.50

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Colorado | #294 in Nursing nationally

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

Economic score: 0.54

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $97,134

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,088

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $53,414

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.55

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

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Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Denver College of Nursing

Denver, Colorado

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How long does it take to pay down debt in registered nursing in Colorado?

Years

Under 6 months

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in registered nursing is covered by average graduate earnings in under 6 months.

How much do graduates with master's degree in registered nursing earn in Colorado?

Salary

$95,038

The median master's degree in registered nursing graduate earns $95,038 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in registered nursing cost in Colorado?

Net cost

$17,901

The average annual cost of a master's degree in registered nursing is $17,901. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.