Academic Programs

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Take the first step toward your future in nursing. Learn how to apply for your program of choice.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing is committed to promoting, maintaining and improving health and health care delivery in Missouri and worldwide through nursing education.

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Degree Options

The School’s BSN program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, and the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and doctor of nursing practice degree are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which means degrees earned here are respected nationwide.

Browse our programs below based on your status and interest. Online programs are available for nontraditional or distance learners.

I am a…

high school student or current college student, interested in a four-year nursing degree.

Learn about the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, where freshmen and sophomores are recognized as nursing majors and are admitted to the clinical major in their junior or senior year.

nurse with a two-year degree who would like to further my education.

Get to know our RN to BSN program, structured with an online option for current RNs who are interested in completing a four-year degree, but cannot attend traditional classes on a regular basis.

college graduate with a degree in something other than nursing.

Explore the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which offers a 15-month nursing degree for students holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or higher.

Consider our PhD in Nursing program. Because the knowledge and skills needed to produce excellent health-related research is not discipline specific, the PhD program does not require a prior degree in nursing.

nurse who has completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Learn about the Master of Science in Nursing program, offering distance-mediated options to study nursing leadership and nursing education.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program may be an ideal fit, offering various areas of study and an online option for nontraditional or distance learners.  

The post-baccalaureate plan of study for PhD in Nursing program, which offers both an online and international residential option, is an accelerated path to the research doctorate. It may interest you if you have a passion for research and you’d like to further your career as a clinical scholar, educator, health policy advocate, leader and/or researcher.

nurse with a Master’s degree in nursing or a related field.

Get to know our post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which offers several specialties including pediatrics, family practice and more. This program is available with an online option.

If you want to earn the terminal degree that prepares you for a research career, the post-master’s plan of study for the PhD in Nursing program is the one for you. Both online and international residential options are available for those desiring to be leaders in a variety of academic, industry and healthcare settings.

Not sure which doctoral program is right for you? Learn more about the similarities and differences between the DNP and PhD programs.