Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program FAQ

Individuals with a Bachelor of Science Nursing and a current RN license are eligible for graduate-level study. Certain specialty areas require a specific minimum amount of time in practice, and some require previous nursing experience in a particular area of nursing. Check the specialty program pages for admission requirements.

MSN programs are delivered in a variety of ways to offer students flexibility. Programs can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Generally, full-time students complete the programs in two years, while part-time students take longer, depending on the number of courses they take in any given term. Students are required to complete their degree within five years of starting the program. To maintain enrollment in graduate programs, students must enroll in at least one course per year.

Much like your undergraduate nursing degree program, the MSN curriculum is comprised of both coursework and practicum requirements in actual health care settings. Courses are offered online for all students, regardless of whether the program is considered on-campus or online, providing immense flexibility.

Several MSN specialty areas require certification to practice as an advanced practice nurse after graduation. Consult the specialty program of your choice for specific admission requirements.

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Onsite MSN students compete with other College of Nursing graduate students for University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and graduate assistantships. Distance learning students are not eligible for these opportunities. Applications for scholarships offered by the College of Nursing can be submitted each spring semester.

For more information, visit the Admissions & Financial Aid page.