The Master of Science (MS) program is designed for registered nurses who seek to expand their knowledge and clinical expertise to assume advanced practice and leadership nursing roles. We offer several advanced practice nursing specialties in the MS program that address clinical care including primary care, critical care, community health, and executive nurse leadership.
Students can enter a program of study to obtain a MS degree if they have completed a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing as well as through alternative entry pathways (e.g., the RN to MS pathway, the Masters Entry Program in Nursing). The total number of credits required to receive the MS degree is determined by the national standard for each specialty and ranges from 44 to 64. A part time pathway to complete the MS degree is an option for some of the specialties.
All students enrolled in the MS program must complete the four MS core courses:
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (N605)
Health Policy (N609)
Nursing Research and Theory for Practice (N620)
Advanced Nursing Roles (N625)
In addition, the nurse practitioner and adult health clinical nurse specialist programs require three core competency courses:
Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning and Lab (N612/N612L)
Advanced Pathophysiology (N613)
Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (N629)
The program admits students annually in the fall semester. Individual advising of students by faculty assists in the development of a program of study that facilitates students’ progression through the program. The MS specialty programs currently being offered by the Department of Nursing are listed below.
Master of Science Specialties:
**Executive hybrid format (online and classroom based)
Applications are accepted beginning September 1. Deadline for receipt of application is December 1.
Rolling Admissions – Definition and Process
All graduate degree programs within the Department of Nursing admit on a rolling admissions basis. Applicants are not evaluated in comparison to the entire applicant pool, but are judged on the merit of the individual’s application. As a result, decisions and notifications occur as applications arrive and are reviewed. The final deadline for the receipt of all required materials to the Department of Nursing and the Graduate Division is December 1.
The Nurse Executive Leadership Masters Program is the only program that will have different deadlines for receipt of applications so individuals interested in this program should review the information provided at the program’s website. The difference in deadlines is due to the program’s admission cycle of beginning a new cohort of students every 18 months instead of annually.
Please refer to the Department of Nursing’s website for more information about the graduate nursing programs.
** Deadlines that fall on a weekend or a holiday will default to the next work day.
Dr. Ray Jarman
Office of Student Services, School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Phone: (808) 956-8939