Program Requirements

The Master of Science (Nursing) degree program is offered in conjunction with the MU Graduate School and is part of a long tradition in graduate education at the University of Missouri.

Students must meet the specified program criteria in order to be awarded the MS(N) degree.

MS(N) Curriculum

All students pursuing the MS(N) degree must complete a minimum of 33 to 47 credit hours of graduate coursework. Credit hours vary depending upon the student’s area of study. Previous graduate-level coursework from another institution may be accepted toward the degree depending upon transcript review.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in order to graduate.

Master’s Exam/N8990 Practice Inquiry

The Master’s Examination (MS exam) consists of a paper that should reflect the graduate student’s grasp and synthesis of the clinical and theoretical knowledge gained in the course of study. Students admitted before Fall 2020, have the option of enrolling in N8990 or complete the Master’s Exam using the Master’s Exam process outlined in the handbook.

The MS exam/N8990 is offered on a pass/fail basis. The student is encouraged to identify the focus for the MS exam early in the graduate program.

The overall purpose of the MS exam is to evaluate the student’s ability to:

  1. apply advanced theoretical knowledge in a selected area of specialization, and
  2. to critique research as it relates to the area of specialization.

MS EXam resources

Further details about the Master’s examination or N8990 process are in the Graduate Handbook.