Nursing (MSN)

Master of science in nursing (MSN)

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Program details

Credits required: 36

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Grow in your nursing career

Our Master of Science in nursing (MSN) program is a 36-credit, online graduate program for registered nurses who have a BSN degree and want to further their education and gain knowledge to advance their careers and become health care leaders.

The program consist of:

  • 8 core courses designed to address advanced professional nursing in the 21st century
  • 4 courses in the nurse educator area of study

Program format

Our MSN program is entirely online, allowing busy professionals to complete coursework around their schedules. We listened to your needs and designed this program to be completed in 2.5 years (seven semesters). We want earning your MSN degree to be as flexible and convenient as possible so you can do so while meeting your other professional and personal obligations.

Unlike many other nursing master’s degree programs that rely on adjunct instructors to teach their courses, our courses are taught by board-appointed Ph.D.-level faculty. And since we cap our courses at 20 students (for a maximum 20:1 student-faculty ratio), you will be able to get the individual attention you need.

Who should apply

We're looking for:

  • RNs with valid licenses anywhere in the U.S.
  • Registered nurses who have earned their BSN degree from an accredited program
  • RNs with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline (will be considered on an individual basis)

Career opportunities

Our online MSN is a great way for you to earn your MSN degree in a way that is flexible and convenient for you. A MSN degree opens many doors:

  • You will be eligible to teach nursing courses at the BSN level.
  • You will be positioned to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing.
  • Your MSN degree will enhance your opportunities for career advancement and work with higher levels of responsibility.

A highly-regarded, accredited program

Both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at WMU are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The WMU Bronson School of Nursing is one of only a few nursing programs to receive endorsement from the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.