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 | #97 in Nursing nationally

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.24

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $95,431

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $37,246

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $37,212

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

Debt to earnings: 0.39

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #154 in Nursing nationally

Kentucky Christian University

Grayson, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.27

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $90,679

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $32,494

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $37,510

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

Debt to earnings: 0.41

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #167 in Nursing nationally

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.27

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $95,400

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $37,215

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $42,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.44

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #203 in Nursing nationally

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.28

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $91,724

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $33,539

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $41,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.45

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #238 in Nursing nationally

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.31

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $92,656

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $34,471

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $45,981

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

Debt to earnings: 0.50

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #268 in Nursing nationally

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.34

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $93,851

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $35,666

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $51,778

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

Debt to earnings: 0.55

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #271 in Nursing nationally

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.34

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $95,519

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $37,334

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $53,894

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

Debt to earnings: 0.56

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Kentucky | #324 in Nursing nationally

Frontier Nursing University

Versailles, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.39

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $97,683

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $39,498

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $63,626

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

Debt to earnings: 0.65

Calculated by dividing the debt 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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Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky

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University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky

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