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2022 Most Popular Teaching Doctor's Degree Schools

513 Schools Ranked
$99,654 Avg Student Debt

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for teaching students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school or bootcamp that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Teaching Degree Search has created its Most Popular Teaching Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 513 schools in the United States to see which doctor's degree programs were the most popular for teaching students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
$105,034 Avg Student Debt

Our 2022 rankings named Capella University the most popular school in the United States for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $105,034 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Since the graduate programs at Capella University are primarily online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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#2

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
$18,095 Average Tuition & Fees
$56,987 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northcentral University. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $56,987 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Since the graduate programs at Northcentral University are online, the school is an excellent choice for graduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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#3

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
$22,242 Average Tuition & Fees
$166,771 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you attend Nova Southeastern University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $166,771 in student loans.

NUS Florida 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. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 52% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
$48,715 Average Tuition & Fees
$187,765 Avg Student Debt

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular teaching schools in the United States.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from USC accumulate an average of $187,765 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 USC does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 82% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#5

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
$10,716 Average Tuition & Fees
$133,111 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 513 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Walden University landed the # 5 spot on the list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $133,111 in student loans.

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

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#6

Liberty University

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

Liberty University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $70,022 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at Liberty University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 97% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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$24,938 Average Tuition & Fees
$40,827 Avg Student Debt

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $40,827 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 66% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#8

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
$11,436 Average Tuition & Fees
$64,951 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Grand Canyon University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $64,951 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Grand Canyon University. In 2019-2020 about 96% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#9

American College of Education

Indianapolis, Indiana
$6,600 Average Tuition & Fees

American College of Education landed the #9 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

Since the graduate programs at American College of Education are primarily online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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$42,910 Average Tuition & Fees
$112,631 Avg Student Debt

Teachers College at Columbia University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for teaching students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Teachers College accumulate an average of $112,631 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 Teachers College does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 98% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#11

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee
$9,282 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,472 Avg Student Debt

Trevecca Nazarene University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $67,472 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at TNU. During the 2019-2020 year, about 66% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#12

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
$11,168 Average Tuition & Fees
$73,229 Avg Student Debt

University of Georgia ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $73,229 in student loans.

UGA does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2019-2020 year, about 18% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#13

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
$15,696 Average Tuition & Fees
$55,719 Avg Student Debt

Maryville University of Saint Louis came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Maryville U accumulate an average of $55,719 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Maryville U. In fact, around 91% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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$71,692 Avg Student Debt

University of Phoenix - Arizona came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $71,692 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UOPX - Arizona does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 99% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

Regent University

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

Regent University landed the #15 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $90,033 in student loans.

Regent 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 94% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#16

Brandman University

Irvine, California
$12,540 Average Tuition & Fees
$76,811 Avg Student Debt

Brandman University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Brandman accumulate an average of $76,811 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Since the graduate programs at Brandman are primarily online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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#16

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
$14,137 Average Tuition & Fees
$89,299 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #16, University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $89,299 in student loans.

UofSC 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 fact, around 74% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#18

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
$12,737 Average Tuition & Fees
$80,094 Avg Student Debt

University of Florida landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UF accumulate an average of $80,094 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at UF, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2019-2020 about 79% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#19

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
$9,350 Average Tuition & Fees
$64,753 Avg Student Debt

Texas Tech University ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $64,753 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Texas Tech does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 49% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$41,760 Average Tuition & Fees
$130,127 Avg Student Debt

University of Pennsylvania came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $130,127 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UPenn. In fact, around 74% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#21

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
$10,470 Average Tuition & Fees
$84,211 Avg Student Debt

Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Texas A&M College Station accumulate an average of $84,211 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Texas A&M College Station 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. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 23% of graduates took at least one course online in 2019-2020.

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#22

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
$9,378 Average Tuition & Fees
$36,993 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #22, Concordia University, Chicago did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $36,993 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Concordia University, Chicago. In fact, around 98% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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#23

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
$100,755 Avg Student Debt

Michigan State University landed the #23 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Michigan State accumulate an average of $100,755 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Michigan State. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, around 65% took at least some of their classes online.

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#23

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
$8,256 Average Tuition & Fees
$49,297 Avg Student Debt

University of North Texas landed the #23 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UNT accumulate an average of $49,297 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that UNT does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In fact, around 50% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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$10,428 Average Tuition & Fees
$80,963 Avg Student Debt

University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #25 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from USF Tampa accumulate an average of $80,963 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online graduate courses are available at USF Tampa, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 69% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2019-2020.

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Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine
#27

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
#27

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#29

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#29

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
#29

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#29

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York
#35

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#36

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#38

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#39

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
#39

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
#39

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
#39

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
#43

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#43

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#45

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee
#45

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#45

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
#49

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#49

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

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Rank School Location
53 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
54 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
54 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
56 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
56 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
56 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
59 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
59 University of Denver Denver, CO
61 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
61 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
61 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
61 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
65 A T Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, MO
66 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
67 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
67 Auburn University Auburn, AL
67 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
67 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
67 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
72 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
72 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
74 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
75 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
75 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
75 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
75 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
75 William Woods University Fulton, MO

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular teaching schools ranking:

Rank School Location
80 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
80 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
80 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
83 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
83 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
83 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
83 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
83 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
83 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
83 Drake University Des Moines, IA
83 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
91 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
91 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
91 Russell Sage College Troy, NY
94 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
94 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
94 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
97 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
97 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
97 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
97 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
101 University of Mississippi University, MS
101 George Washington University Washington, DC
101 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
101 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
101 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
101 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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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