Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Online

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.

Graduates of the Masters of Science program proceed to prepare future nurses, promote health, and provide care and nursing leadership to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens of Missouri and beyond. The Master of Science degree is offered in conjunction with the MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Master of Science (Nursing) program is a distance mediated, providing online coursework with minimal, short, intensive campus experiences at the beginning of the program and in specific (no more than three days) specialty courses to augment learning opportunities and allow for individualized faculty evaluation of educational competencies. Students in the MS areas of study may select from part-time or full-time plans of study to meet individual student needs.

Masters Areas of Study

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:

MS(N) Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the master’s program in nursing, the learner will:

  1. Practice professional accountability and behavior consistent with master’s level nursing practice standards. (Essential I)
  2. Integrate essential knowledge from nursing and other disciplines into master’s level nursing practice. (Essential IV)
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively to promote health and improve healthcare delivery. (Essential III, Essential VII)
  4. Apply and integrate master’s level nursing practice concepts to serve designated populations. (Essential VIII, Essential IX)
  5. Critique and assimilate research, technology and informatics as a basis for promoting health and improving healthcare delivery. (Essential IV, Essential V, Essential IX)
  6. Advocate, through leadership and policy, for all persons in need of nursing or health care regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, and military veteran or socioeconomic status. (Essential II, Essential VI)

Approved by Sinclair School of Nursing Faculty Assembly 2011


The curriculum is based on recommendations by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in The Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2011), For students in the MS Leader Program, the curriculum also includes specific recommendations developed by the ANA in Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice (2016) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Competency Model (2015) for students in the MS Leader Program. Specific recommendations developed by the National League for Nursing in The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators (2012) are integrated into the curriculum for those being prepared as nurse educators.

Specifically, the curriculum provides core master’s knowledge in theory, research, evidence-based practice, health care policy, financing, ethics and role development.

Leadership specialty courses focus on principles of leadership within healthcare organizations, management of human resources, health care financial management, and managing quality, safety and performance outcomes. Educator specialty courses focus on advanced knowledge in teaching strategies and curriculum development as well as advanced knowledge in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and advanced health assessment.

Graduates of the Master of Science degree gain employment in a variety of settings depending upon their area of study including acute, primary, and tertiary care settings, community colleges, universities, public health agencies, state institutions, as well as for-profit and non-profit agencies.