Graduate Schools in Nashville, Tennessee with Program Overviews

There are 11 public and private graduate schools in Nashville, Tennessee, and an additional graduate school within a 25-mile radius. Learn about Nashville universities in several categories to find the school for you.

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Students interested in earning master's degrees, doctorates or graduate certificates have multiple options within Tennessee's capital city. Nashville and the surrounding area provide access to many private, and a few public, institutions offering graduate-level programs. To narrow down your search, use National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, reviewing categories such as proximity to Nashville, student body size, price, and graduation rate.

Graduate Schools Closest to Nashville, Tennessee

Of the 12 schools within a 25-mile radius of Nashville, 11 are physically located within the city's borders. The 5 closest schools can easily be accessed via public transportation, a short drive, or even a brisk walk or bike ride. Below are the 5 schools closest to Nashville:

  • Fisk University (1.8 miles away)
  • Vanderbilt University (2.2 miles away)
  • Belmont University (2.5 miles away)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (2.7 miles away)
  • Lipscomb University (3.7 miles away)

Largest Graduate Schools Near Nashville, Tennessee

While there are 12 graduate schools near Nashville, none of them are particularly large institutions. There is only 1 school with over 10,000 total students, including undergraduates, and 2 additional schools with over 5,000 total students. Below is a list of the 5 largest schools near Nashville:

  • Vanderbilt University (12,567 total students)
  • Tennessee State University (9,167 total students)
  • Belmont University (7,350 total students)
  • Lipscomb University (4,680 total students)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (2,640 total students)

Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

Many students - especially those entering pricier graduate programs - are concerned with the burden of debt that can coincide with a college education. The following institutions have the lowest graduate tuition and fees in Nashville, according to 2015-2016 data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

  • Tennessee State University ($9,220 in-state, $20,860 out-of-state)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University ($10,512)
  • Aquinas College ($12,820)
  • Argosy University - Nashville ($13,628)
  • University of Phoenix - Nashville ($14,843)

Highest Graduation Rate

Comparing stats on graduation rates is one way to assess the quality of a schools' educational offerings. The NCES publishes graduation rates based on full-time undergrads who started programs in fall 2009 and earned their first certificate or degree within 150% of normal completion time. The following 5 schools have the highest graduation rates near Nashville:

  • Vanderbilt University (92% graduation rate)
  • Belmont University (69% graduation rate)
  • Lipscomb University (55% graduation rate)
  • Fisk University (53% graduation rate)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (51% graduation rate)

To make such an important decision as selecting a graduate school, students are strongly encouraged to weigh NCES data, particularly categories such as graduation rate, location, price, and school size.

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