Master of Science (Nursing) Online

  • Program type: Master of Science
  • Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Total credit hours: 43-47 depending on emphasis area 
  • Estimated program cost: Leadership $17,071
    Nurse Educator, $21,563, APRN $26,965-$27,604
  • Median salary: Bureau of Labor Statistics reports $113,930 for APRNs  
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26% increase in job growth through 2028 for nurse anesthetists, midwives and nurse practitioners . 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, nurse leaders, and advanced practice nurses. Students may seamlessly progress into the DNP program following MS degree completion.

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

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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.

All courses are taught by experienced online nurse educators, nurse leaders, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.

 Is your ultimate goal to obtain your doctorate? All courses taken toward your MS(N) degree are applied to 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*, and APRN $26,965-$27,604*.

Scholarships & Assistance

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

Career & Salary Outlook

100% of our MSN graduates have job prospects at the time of graduation.

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

The Master of Science (Nursing) provides the prospective nursing graduate student with a variety of employment options to advance their careers in the areas of leadership, nursing education, and/or advanced clinical practice depending upon their chosen emphasis area including:

Positions as an academic nurse educator within a community college or university setting

Staff educator in various practice settings

Executive Nurse Leader

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in acute and primary care settings

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Master of Science in Nursing FAQs

Clinical experiences are required in all MS(N) emphasis areas. 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. NP and CNS students come once yearly.

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.

Please talk to your faculty advisor about meeting the demands of the full-time program and working full-time to see how this might work for you.