Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

Our Master of Science in Nursing programs prepare nurses for advanced-practice roles in a variety of health care settings. Advanced-practice nurses manage health care for patients with a greater level of authority than RNs.

Required Experience

Experience requirements vary by specialty program. For details, view respective program pages.

College graduates with a degree in a field other than nursing can earn a master's in nursing through our Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program.

Application Deadline

The Master of Science in Nursing program admits students for spring and fall semester start. Online MSN programs also admit for summer semester start.

Note: The application window for programs could close early, if maximum capacity is reached. Part 1 deadlines reflect the date when all NursingCAS application materials, except transcripts and references, must be submitted. Transcripts and references are due a month after the posted part 1 deadline.

Master of Science in Nursing Deadlines by Semester Start
Spring '25
Summer '25
Fall '25

Oct. 15 (Submission deadline)

Nov. 15 (Verification deadline)

Mar. 15 (Submission deadline)

Apr. 1 (Verification deadline)

June 1 (Submission deadline)

July 1 (Verification deadline)

Note: The MSN in Adult-Gero Acute Care NP, Neonatal NP and Systems Leadership programs admit for the fall semester start only.

Online Programs: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Systems Leadership, Neonatal, Nurse Midwifery, Nursing Education, Women's Health

Onsite: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to treat patients 13 and older for brief, but severe, episodes of illness, injury, or trauma in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities or short-term stay settings.

This program is offered on campus only.

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The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to care for patients 13 and older for diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions.

This program is offered online.

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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares nurses to diagnose and manage common and complex medical conditions in children and adults.

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The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for acute and chronic management of patients from birth through 2 years old.

This program, available for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana residents, offers core classes online and may require an intensive component available on-campus or through Canvas.

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The Nurse Midwifery program prepares nurses for the primary health care of women throughout their life stages from pre-menarche through menopause.

This program is offered online only.

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The Nursing Education program prepares nurses to teach nursing students in academic and clinical settings, both in-person and online.

This program is offered online only.

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The Systems Leadership program prepares nurses to leverage evidence-based practice and decision-making framework to lead the design, implementation and evaluation of  health care services offered to individuals, populations, and/or communities.

This program is offered online only.

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The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to diagnose and manage common and some complex medical conditions in female patients.

This program is offerend online only.

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*Requires a campus visit or visits. See specific program page for details.

  1. Integrate research, scholarship and evidence-based practice from nursing and related sciences as a framework for planning holistic care of the patient in various environmental contexts.
  2. Demonstrate competence in providing and evaluating advanced nursing practice with an emphasis on safety and quality.
  3. Demonstrate leadership for advanced nursing practice as a member of an interprofessional team within various environmental contexts.
  4. Design evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services for individuals, families and communities.
  5. Critically appraise evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care within various environmental contexts.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to promote health and help shape the health delivery system through policy, processes and advocacy.
  7. Develop culturally sensitive, ethical and financially sound, comprehensive nursing care for individuals, aggregates and/or communities.