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Top-Ranked Master's Degree Programs and Universities in Southern U.S.

Top master's degree programs and universities in the Southern U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Universities - South, offer a wide variety of educational programs and award master's degree programs to their graduates. However, most do not offer doctorate programs. Search our list of accredited master's universities and find the perfect master's degree online.

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Elon University

Elon, NC

Founded in 1889, Elon University is a private institution residing on 600 suburban acres in Elon, North Carolina. The school offers more than 50 majors in a wide variety of disciplines. The Elon University Phoenix compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference, and students have over 140 clubs and organizations to participate in.

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Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

Rollins College, founded in 1885, is a private institution residing on 70 suburban acres in Winter Park, Florida. The school, widely known for its exceptional academics, offers about 30 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs. Rollins College has a "Walk of Fame" that is lined with stones from the homes of historical figures such as George Washington, Confucius, Maya Angelou and many others.

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Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University, founded in 1841, is a private institution residing on 209 suburban acres in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a Christian school rooted in the Southern Baptist tradition. Samford University offers 26 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and about 135 majors, minors and concentrations in eight academic schools.

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The Citadel

Charleston, SC

Founded in 1842, The Citadel is a public institution residing on 300 urban acres in Charleston, South Carolina. It is also known as The Military College of South Carolina, and students follow a stricter code of conduct than at most other schools. The Citadel offers 19 undergraduate degree programs, and many graduates enter the military as commissioned officers after graduation.

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Stetson University

DeLand, FL

A private institution founded in 1883, Stetson University resides on 140 suburban acres in DeLand, Florida. The school also has sattelite centers located elsewhere in the state, such as the Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg. The Stetson University sports teams - known as the Hatters - compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

A public institution founded in 1908, James Madison University resides on 721 urban acres in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The school offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and a variety of graduate programs as well. The James Madison University sports teams - known as the Dukes - compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University, founded in 1890, is a private institution residing on 75 urban acres in Nashville, Tennessee. The school offers more than 75 undergraduate degrees and 20 graduate programs. Belmont University students are just minutes from downtown Nashville ("Music City USA"), have dozens of clubs and organizations to choose from, and can participate in NCAA Division I athletics on The Bruins varsity sports teams.

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Mercer University

Macon, GA

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a private institution residing on 150 urban acres in Macon, Georgia. The school offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs divided into 11 different colleges and schools. Mercer University students can also participate in more than 100 campus organizations, and the Mercer Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

Appalachian State University, founded in 1899, is a public institution residing on 1,300 rural acres in Boone, North Carolina. The school offers about 185 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs through its eight colleges and schools. Notable Appalachian State University alumni include Stephen Dubner, coauthor of the international bestseller Freakonomics.

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Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

A private institution founded in 1912, Loyola University New Orleans resides on 24 suburban acres in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school is rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition and offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs. The Loyola Wolfpack sports teams compete in the NAIA Division I Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, FL

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, founded in 1926, is a private institution residing on 185 suburban acres in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school offers more than 40 majors, including the nation's largest Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Science programs. The Embry-Riddle Eagles compete in the NAIA Division I Sun Conference.

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College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

A public institution founded in 1770, the College of Charleston resides on 52 urban acres in Charleston, South Carolina. The school's sports teams - known as the Cougars - compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. Prominent College of Charleston alumni include actor Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife) and architect Robert Mills, designer of the Washington Monument.

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Union University

Jackson, TN

Founded in 1823, Union University is a private institution residing on 360 urban acres in Jackson, Tennessee. The school is rooted in Baptist tradition and provides a Christ-centered, people-focused, excellence-driven, future-directed learning environment. The Union University sports teams - known as the Bulldogs - compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

The University of Mary Washington (UMW), founded in 1908, is a public institution residing on 176 suburban acres in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The school has three campuses located between Richmond and Washington, D.C.; this proximity to both state and national capitals provides many internship opportunities for students and a great job market for graduates. The UMW Eagles compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

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University of North Carolina- Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

A public institution founded in 1947, the University of North Carolina - Wilmington (UNCW) resides on 661 urban acres in Wilmington, North Carolina. The school offers more than 35 undergraduate majors, 15 minors and about 30 graduate programs. The UNCW Seahawks compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

Founded in 1950, Bellarmine University is a private institution residing on 144 urban acres in Louisville, Kentucky. The school offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and over a dozen graduate programs. The Bellarmine University Knights compete in NCAA Division II athletics, except for the lacrosse team, which competes in Division I.

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Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

A private institution founded in 1830, Spring Hill College resides on 450 suburban acres in Mobile, Alabama. The school is rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition, and offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and several graduate programs. The Spring Hill College sports teams - known as the Badgers - compete in NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Founded in 1960, Christopher Newport University is a public institution residing on 260 suburban acres in Newport News, Virginia. The school offers a variety of exceptional undergraduate programs and several master's degrees as well. The Christopher Newport University Captains compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference.

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Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a private institution residing on 95 urban acres in Charlotte, North Carolina. The school offers 33 undergraduate majors and 66 concentrations, and 11 graduate programs. The Queens University of Charlotte sports teams - known as the Royals - compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

Founded in 1889, Converse College is a private institution residing on 70 urban acres in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is a women's college that offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs. The Converse College Flying Fleet compete in NCAA Division II athletics; it is the only all-female institution to do so.

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Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University, founded in 1891, is a private institution residing on 65 urban acres in Nashville, Tennessee. The school is affiliated with the Church of Christ, and offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and a variety of master's and doctoral degree programs. The Lipscomb University Bisons compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Harding University

Searcy, AR

A private institution founded in 1924, Harding University resides on 350 suburban acres in Searcy, Arkansas. The school is affiliated with the Church of Christ, and offers more than 80 majors and dozens of minors. The Harding University sports teams - known as the Bison - compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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University of Tampa

Tampa, FL

A private institution founded in 1931, the University of Tampa resides on 100 urban acres in Tampa, Florida. The school offers more than 120 areas of undergraduate study and several graduate programs as well. The University of Tampa sports teams - known as the Spartans - compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference.

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Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

Christian Brothers University (CBU), founded in 1871, is a private institution residing on 75 urban acres in Memphis, Tennessee. The school is rooted in Rman Catholic tradition, but is committed to preparing students of all faiths and backgrounds to excel in their professional and public lives. The CBU Buccaneers compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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Murray State University

Murray, KY

Murray State University, founded in 1922, is a public institution residing on 236 rural acres in Murray, Kentucky. The school offers 118 majors, minors and other programs. The Murray State University sports teams - known as the Racers - compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference.

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