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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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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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Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC

Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964, is a private institution residing on 300 suburban acres in Charleston, South Carolina. The school offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Charleston Southern University students have 36 student organizations and 17 NCAA athletic teams to participate in as well.

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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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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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Montreat College

Montreat, NC

Montreat College, a private institution founded in 1916, resides on 112 suburban acres in Montreat, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. The Montreat College sports teams - known as the Cavaliers - compete in the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference.

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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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