Top MSN programs in Kentucky

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 Kentucky | #167 in Nursing nationally

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.41

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: $95,431

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,862

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: $37,212

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

Debt to earnings: 0.39

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 Kentucky | #214 in Nursing nationally

Kentucky Christian University

Grayson, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.45

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: $90,679

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,934

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: $37,510

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

Debt to earnings: 0.41

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 Kentucky | #217 in Nursing nationally

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.45

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: $95,400

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $2,492

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: $42,000

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.

#4 in Kentucky | #242 in Nursing nationally

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.48

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: $91,724

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,722

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: $41,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.45

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 Kentucky | #285 in Nursing nationally

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.53

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: $92,656

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,671

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: $45,981

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.

#6 in Kentucky | #309 in Nursing nationally

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.58

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: $95,519

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,883

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: $53,894

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.

#7 in Kentucky | #314 in Nursing nationally

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.58

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: $93,851

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $5,377

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: $51,778

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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University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky

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Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky

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

Years

Under a year

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

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

Salary

$98,511

The median master's degree in registered nursing graduate earns $98,511 3 years after graduating.

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

Net cost

$11,967

The average annual cost of a master's degree in registered nursing is $11,967. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.