Top MSN programs in Louisiana

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 Louisiana | #56 in Nursing nationally

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Economic score: 0.30

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: $105,678

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,035

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: $33,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.32

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 Louisiana | #155 in Nursing nationally

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Economic score: 0.39

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: $97,402

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,134

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: $38,011

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.

#3 in Louisiana | #194 in Nursing nationally

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, Louisiana

Economic score: 0.42

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: $95,010

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $12,204

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: $35,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.37

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 Louisiana | #238 in Nursing nationally

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana

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: $99,390

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $832

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: $48,192

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

Debt to earnings: 0.48

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 Louisiana | #243 in Nursing nationally

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

Economic score: 0.49

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: $100,684

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,115

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: $50,010

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 Louisiana | #255 in Nursing nationally

Southern University and A & M College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Economic score: 0.51

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: $94,690

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $11,003

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: $43,039

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.

#7 in Louisiana | #260 in Nursing nationally

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana

Economic score: 0.51

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: $98,727

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $5,955

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: $47,425

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

Debt to earnings: 0.48

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.

#8 in Louisiana | #275 in Nursing nationally

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

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: $94,191

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,927

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: $46,659

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.

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University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

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 Louisiana?

Salary

$98,514

The median master's degree in registered nursing graduate earns $98,514 3 years after graduating.

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

Net cost

$14,694

The average annual cost of a master's degree in registered nursing is $14,694. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.