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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Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Founded in 1867, Alabama State University is a public institution located in Montgomery, Ala. The university, then called Lincoln Normal School, was started by nine freed slaves with $500 they had raised to open a school specifically for African-Americans. The university offers an online graduate degree in education and requires taking the GRE exam to enter the program.

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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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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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Delta State University

Cleveland, MS

A public institution founded in 1924, Delta State University resides on 339 rural acres in Cleveland, Mississippi. The school offers dozens of undergraduate programs in three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Delta state offers graduate programs as well, and is widely renowned for producing exceptional teachers.

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Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

A public institution founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University (JSU) resides on 459 rural acres in Jacksonville, Alabama. The school offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as Doctor of Science in Emergency Management program. The JSU Gamecocks compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference.

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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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Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV

Founded in 1871, Shepherd University (SU) is a public institution residing on 325 rural acres in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The school offers bachelor's degrees from the colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Business and Social Services, Arts and Humanities, and Education and Professional Studies. It also provides several graduate programs. The SU Rams compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, LA

Southeastern Louisiana University, a public institution, features a special adult learning initiative allowing registered nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completely online. This program includes a learning facilitator who works directly with students to help them complete the program. The university also offers services such as academic advisement and financial aid.

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