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2021 Most Popular Teaching Doctor's Degree Schools

504 Schools Ranked
$99,654 Avg Student Debt

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which teaching program is right for you. 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. This report analyzed 504 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular doctor's degree programs 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
454 Total Awards
$15,233 Average Tuition & Fees
$105,034 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Capella University the most popular school in the United States for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out doctor’s degrees to 454 students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $105,034 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 78% were women.

Capella University is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#2

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
415 Total Awards
$21,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$166,771 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Nova Southeastern University is a great place for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree. NUS Florida is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 415 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $166,771 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 77% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since NUS Florida does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 49% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#3

Northcentral University

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

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Northcentral University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular teaching schools in the United States. Northcentral University is located in San Diego, California and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 394 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $56,987 in student loans. Around 74% of those degree recipients were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Northcentral University. Every graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
332 Total Awards
$47,107 Average Tuition & Fees
$187,765 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Southern California is a great place for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree. USC is located in Los Angeles, California and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 332 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $187,765 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at USC. During the 2017-2018 year, about 29% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#5

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
249 Total Awards
$12,539 Average Tuition & Fees
$133,111 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you attend Walden University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Walden University is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 249 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Walden University accumulate an average of $133,111 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

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

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218 Total Awards
$25,575 Average Tuition & Fees
$40,827 Avg Student Debt

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 218 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $40,827 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 65% of those degree recipients were women.

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 63% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
200 Total Awards
$8,400 Average Tuition & Fees
$70,022 Avg Student Debt

Liberty University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 200 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $70,022 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Liberty University. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 96% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#8

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
189 Total Awards
$11,074 Average Tuition & Fees
$64,951 Avg Student Debt

Grand Canyon University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the large private for-profit school awarded 189 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $64,951 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 66% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Grand Canyon University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 94% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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146 Total Awards
$20,910 Average Tuition & Fees
$78,286 Avg Student Debt

Concordia University - Portland ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Concordia University - Portland is a private not-for-profit institution located in Portland, Oregon. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 146 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $78,286 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Concordia University - Portland. In fact, around 90% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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134 Total Awards
$41,736 Average Tuition & Fees
$112,631 Avg Student Debt

Teachers College at Columbia University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in New York, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 134 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $112,631 in student loans. Around 74% of those degree recipients were women.

Teachers College does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 14% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#11

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee
131 Total Awards
$10,067 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,472 Avg Student Debt

Trevecca Nazarene University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Trevecca Nazarene University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 131 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $67,472 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 74% were women.

TNU does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 53% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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131 Total Awards
$16,752 Average Tuition & Fees
$71,692 Avg Student Debt

University of Phoenix - Arizona came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. University of Phoenix - Arizona is a large private for-profit school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 131 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UOPX - Arizona accumulate an average of $71,692 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 80% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at UOPX - Arizona, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 98% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#13

University of South Carolina - Columbia

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

University of South Carolina - Columbia 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 #13 on the list. Columbia, South Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out doctor’s degrees to 114 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $89,299 in student loans. Around 75% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at UofSC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 32% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#14

University of Georgia

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

University of Georgia landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs. UGA is a public institution located in Athens, Georgia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 104 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $73,229 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 66% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at UGA, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 13% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#15

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
86 Total Awards
$9,050 Average Tuition & Fees
$45,592 Avg Student Debt

Gardner - Webb University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Gardner - Webb is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. It awarded 86 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Gardner - Webb accumulate an average of $45,592 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 79% were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Gardner - Webb. In 2017-2018 about 47% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#16

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine
85 Total Awards
$24,334 Average Tuition & Fees
$197,796 Avg Student Debt

University of New England 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 #16 on the list. University of New England is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Biddeford, Maine that handed out 85 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UNE accumulate an average of $197,796 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 66% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UNE. In fact, around 53% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#17

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
82 Total Awards
$10,478 Average Tuition & Fees
$71,144 Avg Student Debt

University of Missouri - Columbia came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Mizzou is a large public school situated in Columbia, Missouri. It awarded 82 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Mizzou accumulate an average of $71,144 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

Mizzou 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 2017-2018 about 38% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#17

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
82 Total Awards
$17,898 Average Tuition & Fees
$150,815 Avg Student Debt

Creighton University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 82 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $150,815 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 43% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Creighton. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 46% took at least some of their classes online.

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#19

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
79 Total Awards
$5,970 Average Tuition & Fees
$29,302 Avg Student Debt

University of the Cumberlands ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Williamsburg, Kentucky is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out doctor’s degrees to 79 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $29,302 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 59% were women.

Since the graduate programs at Cumberlands 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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#20

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
78 Total Awards
$11,553 Average Tuition & Fees
$66,875 Avg Student Debt

Florida State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 78 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $66,875 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 67% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Florida State, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 26% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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78 Total Awards
$12,425 Average Tuition & Fees
$101,273 Avg Student Debt

Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 78 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $101,273 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 69% were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Ohio State. In 2017-2018 about 18% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#22

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
77 Total Awards
$22,994 Average Tuition & Fees
$77,026 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Penn State University Park is located in University Park, Pennsylvania and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 77 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $77,026 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 61% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Penn State University Park, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 5% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#23

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
76 Total Awards
$11,673 Average Tuition & Fees
$75,153 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #23, North Carolina State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for teaching students working on their doctor’s degree. North Carolina State University is a large public school located in Raleigh, North Carolina that handed out 76 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from NC State accumulate an average of $75,153 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 74% were women.

One thing to take note of is that NC State does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 32% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#23

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
76 Total Awards
$15,646 Average Tuition & Fees
$55,719 Avg Student Debt

Maryville University of Saint Louis ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Maryville U is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 76 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $55,719 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 70% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Maryville U. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 83% took at least some of their classes online.

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#25

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
74 Total Awards
$10,780 Average Tuition & Fees
$54,130 Avg Student Debt

The University of Alabama landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree teaching programs. This large public school is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and it awarded 74 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UA accumulate an average of $54,130 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 76% of those degree recipients were women.

UA 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, 44% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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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 Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#27

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
#28

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#29

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#29

Brandman University

Irvine, California
#29

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
#29

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#34

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#35

Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas
#35

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
#37

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#38

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#40

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#40

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#40

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
#40

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey
#44

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
#44

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#46

Immaculata University

Immaculata, Pennsylvania
#46

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#48

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York
#48

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
#50

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

To learn more about the schools below, just click on their names:

Rank School Location
52 American College of Education Indianapolis, IN
53 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
53 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
55 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
56 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
56 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
58 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
58 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
60 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
60 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
60 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
63 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
63 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
63 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
63 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
67 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
68 National Louis University Chicago, IL
68 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
70 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
70 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
70 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
70 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
74 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
74 George Washington University Washington, DC
74 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank School Location
77 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
78 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
78 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
78 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
81 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
81 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
83 Auburn University Auburn, AL
83 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
83 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
83 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
83 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
88 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
88 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
88 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
88 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
92 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
92 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
92 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
92 University of Delaware Newark, DE
92 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
97 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
97 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
97 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
100 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
100 Wingate University Wingate, NC
100 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
100 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA

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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