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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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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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Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, GA

A public institution founded in 1889, Georgia College & State University (GCSU) resides on 602 urban acres in Milledgeville, Georgia. The school offers 37 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate programs. The GCSU Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference.

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Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

A private institution founded in 1826, Mississippi College resides on 75 suburban acres in Clinton, Mississippi. The school is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and values the integration of faith and learning throughout the educational process. Mississippi College is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state and second oldest Baptist university in the nation.

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Longwood University

Farmville, VA

A public institution founded in 1839, Longwood University resides on 160 rural acres in Farmville, Virginia. The school offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate degrees in business, communication sciences and disorders, education, English and sociology. The Longwood University Lancers compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

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Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

A private institution founded in 1887, Campbell University resides on 850 rural acres in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The school offers over 100 undergraduate tracks and concentrations, and has a variety of graduate programs as well. The Campbell University Fighting Camels compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

A public school founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is located in the city of Bowling Green, Ken. The university has its beginnings as a "normal school," devoted to teacher training, and became a university in 1966. Among the university's more popular programs are journalism and broadcasting, education, engineering and business. Western Kentucky University offers many student clubs and organizations and also has an award-winning speech and debate team.

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Lynchburg College

Lynchburg, VA

Founded in 1903, Lynchburg College is a private institution residing on 214 urban acres in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school offers 39 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs. Lynchburg College sports teams - known as the Hornets - compete in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner-Webb University (GWU), a private institution founded in 1905, resides on 240 rural acres in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The school is rooted in Baptist tradition, with a strong commitment to its Christian heritage and a mission of producing well-rounded students. The GWU Runnin' Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

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Radford University

Radford, VA

Radford University (RU), a public institution founded in 1910, resides on 191 urban acres in Radford, Virginia. The school offers students more than 150 academic programs, including graduate degrees in art, business and health. RU also has more than 200 campus clubs and organizations, and the Radford Highlanders compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

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Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN

Founded as a public institution in 1915, the Tennessee Technological University is located in rural Cookeville, Tenn. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through six colleges: agriculture and human sciences, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and interdisciplinary studies. The most popular majors include education, mechanical engineering, nursing, physical education and electrical engineering.

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Columbia College

Columbia, SC

Founded in 1854, Columbia College is a private institution residing on 53 urban acres in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a women's school with a nationally recognized honors program and a diverse campus community. The Columbia College Fighting Koalas compete in the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference.

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Columbia International University

Columbia, SC

Columbia International University (CIU), founded in 1923, resides on 400 suburban acres in Columbia, South Carolina. It is an evangelical Christian school, but is not affiliated with any particular denomination; in fact, more than 52 denominations are represented on campus. The CIU Rams compete in division 1 of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

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Marymount University

Arlington, VA

Founded in 1950, Marymount University is a private institution residing on 21 suburban acres in Arlington, Virginia. The school is rooted in Roman Catholic tradition, and offers 25 areas of undergraduate study and 25 master's programs. Marymount University sports teams - known as the Saints - compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference.

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University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

A public institution founded in 1896, the University of Montevallo is located on a 160-acre campus in rural Montevallo, Ala. The school began as an all-girls' school and began to admit male students in 1956, and in 1969 the name changed to the current one. Today the school offers degrees in more than 70 academic areas through colleges of arts and sciences, education, business and fine arts.

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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

A public institution founded in 1889, Western Carolina University is located on a 682-acre campus in rural Cullowhee, N.C. The school offers degrees through colleges of business, arts and sciences, education, allied professions, fine and performing arts and health and human services. Western Carolina University also offers degrees through the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. In the past decade, the school has opened a new student recreation center, dining hall and two dormitories, and is constructing a new health and gerontological science building.

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Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

Brenau University, founded in 1878, is a private institution residing on 43 suburban acres in Gainesville, Georgia. Though the school's regional campuses are co-educational, the main campus (Brenau women's College) is female-only. The Brenau Golden Tigers compete in the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, TN

Founded in 1869, Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) is a private institution residing on 120 rural acres in Henderson, Tennessee. The school is affiliated with the Church of Christ, offering students the opportunity for total growth in a Christian environment. The FHU Lions compete in the NAIA Transouth Athletic Conference.

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Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Wingate University is a private school founded in 1896 and located in a suburban section of Wingate, N.C. While not affiliated with any one church, the university mentions following a Judeo-Christian heritage in its teachings, and lists faith, knowledge and service as traits it wishes to cultivate in students. The university offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, ministerial work, pharmacy and veterninary medicine. Wingate University also offers a MBA and graduate degrees in pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and sport administration.

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Marshall University

Huntington, WV

Marshall University, a public institution founded in 1837, resides on 100 urban acres in Huntington, West Virginia. The school offers two associate's degrees, 44 bachelor's degrees and 46 graduate programs. The Marshall University Thundering Herd compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

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Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

Founded in 1884, Mississippi University for Women (MUW) is a public institution residing on 114 rural acres in Columbus, Mississippi. The school has admitted male students for more than 20 years, though the majority of its student body is still female. MUW offers over 50 majors and concentrations, and students have about 75 different campus organization to join.

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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

A private institution founded in 1875, Shenandoah University resides on 125 suburban acres in Winchester, Virginia. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers 42 bachelor's, 18 master's and nine doctoral programs. The Shenandoah University Hornets compete in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA

A private institution founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin College resides on 55 urban acres in Staunton, Virginia. It is primarily a women's school, though the adult degree program (ADP) is coeducational. Mary Baldwin College offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of social work degree programs.

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Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, KY

A private school founded in 1921 and affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, Thomas More College is located on 100 acres in the suburbs of Crestview Hills, Ken. just outside Cincinnati. The Benedictine Sisters of Covington, Kentucky founded the school for women; it began accepting male students in 1945. The school offers a liberal arts education as well as more than 35 student clubs and organizations, including campus ministry opportunities. The student population is primarity from northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area.

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