Master of Science (Nursing) Online

  • Program type: Master of Science
  • Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Total credit hours: 33-41
  • Estimated program cost: $17,771 to $21,563*
  • Median salary: $99,730* for health service managers; $73,490 for Nurse Educator


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 18-20% increase in job growth through 2028 for Nurse Leaders and Nurse Educators. Ready to take your nursing career to the next level? Learn how to apply to the program today.

Program Overview

The Master of Science (Nursing), or MS(N) degree program, prepares nurses with post-baccalaureate or post-graduate degrees for roles as nurse educators and nurse leaders.

Discover more about these program options, curriculum and sample plans of study:

Why is our Master of Science in Nursing program a good choice for nurses?

  • We provide an online graduate orientation tailored to provide students the tools they need for success.
  • All courses are delivered in a flexible online format to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Students have the choice to be enrolled in part-time or full-time to meet their personal/professional goals.
  • Students in the Nurse Educator program are trained in basic advanced practice knowledge and skills blended with the latest trends in nursing education.
  • Nurse Leader students have no on-campus requirements; Nurse Educators have only one on-campus requirement during the duration of the program.
  • All courses are taught by experienced online nurse educators and nurse leaders.
  • Is your ultimate goal to obtain a nursing doctorate? Courses taken toward your MS degree can be applied toward your doctoral degree at MU.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Cost & Tuition

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is proud to offer one of the most affordable and comprehensive online options in the country. In addition, both in-state and out-of-state students pay the same tuition.

Estimated cost for the MS(N) in Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems is $17,071*, while the Nurse Educator estimated cost is $21,563*

Scholarships & Assistance

Scholarships and funding opportunities are available for a Master of Science in Nursing students. These benefits include:


For Nurse Educators who are employed as postsecondary educators, employment opportunities are estimated to grow by 20%. The annual median wage for postsecondary teachers was $73,490 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics.

Career & Salary Outlook

71% of our MSN graduates are employed in the graduate nursing field at the time of graduation.

What kind of jobs can you get with a Nurse Educator MS(N) degree?

The Master of Science (Nursing) options provide the prospective nursing graduate student with a choice of advancing their nursing practice in the areas of leadership or nursing education, including:

  • Positions as an academic nurse educator within a community college or university setting
  • Staff development coordinator
  • Staff educator in various practice settings
  • Patient and family educator in both healthcare and community health settings

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Master of Science in Nursing FAQs

Clinical experiences are required of both the Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Nurse Educator programs. Students have the opportunity to complete clinical in their own communities under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical experiences vary depending upon the student’s emphasis area and may include preceptors who are nursing managers, nurse executives, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators in acute or long term care settings, and nurse faculty.

Nurse Leader students have no on-campus requirements. Nurse Educators have only one on-campus requirement during the duration of the program

Yes. Part-time and full-time plans of study are available.

Yes. All students are assigned a faculty advisor to assist in mentoring and guiding students in meeting their academic and professional goals.

Students can begin coursework fall, spring, or summer terms. Allowing students to start when they are ready.