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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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Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC

A private institution founded in 1885, Pfeiffer University resides on 370 rural acres in Misenheimer, North Carolina. The school is affiliated with the Methodist Church, and offers more than 35 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs. The Pfeiffer University Falcons compete in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas.

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Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

A public institution founded in 1871, Alcorn State University resides on 1,756 rural acres in Lorman, Mississippi. The school offers more than 50 areas of study and awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Notable alumni include author Alex Haley, actor Michael Clarke Duncan and NFL football player Donald Driver.

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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Founded in 1968, Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a public institution residing on 398 suburban acres in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The school offers six associate's degrees, 70 bachelor's degrees and more than 20 graduate programs. The NKU Norse compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), a public institution founded in 1991, resides on 760 suburban acres in Fort Meyers, Florida. The school offers 52 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs. The FGCU sports teams - known as the Eagles - compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Troy University

Troy, AL

Founded in 1887, Troy University is a public institution located on 820 acres in rural Troy, Ala. Troy University is an "international university" that has relationships with schools in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates and Troy faculity teaching in Japan, Guam and Korea. More than half of the school's students take classes via distance learning, with more than 30,000 students worldwide. The most popular majors include business, management and marketing.

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University of North Alabama

Florence, AL

The University of North Alabama is a public institution founded in 1830 and located on a 200-acre campus in Florence, Ala. The school offers undergraduate degrees in 93 different majors through four colleges: arts and sciences, business, education and human sciences and nursing and allied health. The University of North Alabama also offers master's degrees in business administration, counseling, criminal justice, education, English, geospatial science, health promotion and human performance, history, professional studies and nursing.

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University of North Carolina- Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

A public school founded in 1887, the University of North Carolina - Pembroke is located on 161 acres in rural Pembroke, N.C. The school was originally founded as an American Indians institution for the Lumbee tribe. The liberal arts school offers degrees in more than 40 majors and graduate programs in education, business administration, public administration, social work and teaching.

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University of South Florida- St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL

A public institution founded in 1965, the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg is a metropolitan university located on 50 acres on Tampa Bay near downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. The new university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts and sciences, business and education. The university offers a master's degree in a number of education programs as well as journalism, liberal studies and environmental science and policy.

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Auburn University- Montgomery

Montgomery, AL

Auburn University - Montgomery (AUM), a public institution founded in 1967, resides on 500 suburban acres in Montgomery, Alabama. The school offers bachelor, master's and specialist degrees, and has cooperative doctoral programs with Auburn University. The AUM Warhawks compete in the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Union College

Barbourville, KY

A private school founded in 1879, Union College is located on 100 acres in rural Barbourville, Ken. Union College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and seeks to cultivate the exploration of intellectual and social dimensions of Christianity. The school offers undergraduate degrees through the college of arts and sciences as well as pre-professional, technical and skills-oriented fields, as well as graduate degrees in education and psychology.

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University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

A private school founded in 1842, Cumberland University is located on 44 acres in suburban Lebanon, Tenn., about 30 miles east of Nashville. The university provides a contemporary liberal arts education, with a core curriculum that includes cultural arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. The university includes schools of business and technology, education and public service, liberal arts and sciences, music and the arts, nursing and professional development. Cumberland University also offers graduate programs, including business administration, teaching, public service management, fine arts and sport and exercise pedagogy.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University, a private institution founded in 1971, resides on 6,500 urban acres in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church, and offers 253 undergraduate and 87 graduate programs. Liberty University sports teams - known as the Flames - compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

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Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta, GA

Founded in 1948, Southern Polytechnic State University is located in the suburbs of Marietta, Ga., just outside Atlanta. The school offers undergraduate degrees through the colleges of engineering, architecture, civil engineering technology, construction, computing and software engineering, engineering technology and management, and arts and sciences. The school, which is about 80% male, offers more than 100 campus organizations and athletic programs, including a women's baseketball program.

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University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

Founded in 1906 as an agricultural and mechanical school, the University of West Georgia (UWG) now provides an outstanding online education program. The school has web-based bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. UWG online students also have access to a 24-hour help line and a distance education center.

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Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

Columbus State University began offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses online in 2008. A variety of web-based disciplines are provided including business, information technology, liberal arts, nursing sociology, mathematics and business administration. Additional resources for online students include a diagnostic tool for immediate feedback.

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Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR

Henderson State University, a public institution founded in 1890, resides on 152 rural acres in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. It is the only school in Arkansas that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Henderson's academic programs are divided into three colleges: The Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business and the Teachers College.

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McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

McNeese State University, a public institution founded in 1939, resides on 98 urban acres in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The school offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs divided into eight colleges, including the Burton College of Education and the William J. Dore, Sr. School of Graduate Studies. The McNesse Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA

Founded in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School, Northwestern State University of Louisiana started providing online education in 1999. The school's distance learning program is called eNSU, and offers 30 accredited web-based degrees. Online students at eNSU also have access to a student help desk and career services.

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