Master of Science in Nursing Program

The master of science in nursing prepares nurses with BSN for advanced practice roles in nursing. Students can specialize in acute care nurse practitioner, adults, older adults, children, nurse-midwifery and health care systems leadership. 

Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:

  • Use data and analytical processes to discover, critique, and/or synthesize nursing knowledge for the continued improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Integrate pertinent theories, research and other evidence, as well as patient and population perspectives to guide master’s level nursing practice.
  • Effectively use varied modes of communication, informatics and technology to promote safe and high quality patient care.
  • Initiate, maintain, and promote intra- and interprofessional collaboration.
  • Demonstrate leadership in ethical and clinical decision using a system’s perspective.
  • Provide culturally appropriate evidence-based clinical prevention and population health to individuals, families and aggregates.

BSN to MSN Program Specializations

Our Master of Science in Nursing program offers a variety of specializations, offered to individuals who have completed their BSN and MSN and want to further their learning in a specialized area. Click below to learn more about our offerings. 

Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

Apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to complex health problems

Graduates of this program care for acutely ill patients, ages 13 and up, in a variety of settings such as acute care facilities, specialty practice offices and skilled care. 

Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

 

Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to episodic and chronic health problems. Care includes health promotion, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis, and management of health problems in patients ages 13 and up, in a clinic setting. 

Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Prepares the student for the care of adults, including knowledge of human responses, health promotion and disease prevention, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis, and nursing management of health problems. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Nurse-Midwifery

Prepares the student for independent management of low-risk women during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and for primary and gynecologic care of women throughout the life span. Graduates are prepared for collaborative management of women with risk factors.

Program graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board. At this time, this specialty may be attained through the M.S.N. or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student to manage complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children. Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares he student for advanced practice as pediatric nurse practitioners.  Graduates are prepared to independently provide health care for children and families from simple to complex health issues, usually in primary care settings.  Graduates will be academically eligible to take Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner national certification examinations. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Systems Leadership and Health Care Quality 

Prepares the student for leadership, administrative and executive roles in health care. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Nursing Administration. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P. or Post-master’s Certificate programs for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Non-Nursing or ADN Master's Programs

These programs are offered for individuals that do not currently have a Nursing Degree or have an ADN and wish to pursue a Master's in Nursing. 

Direct Entry Master of Science for Non-nursing Graduates 

Designed for those individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and who wish to become nurses. The program builds upon the student’s broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated nursing curriculum to meet the student’s career goals. 

Tuition information for this program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, as it differs from other graduate programs. 

Students interested in a master's program for non-nursing graduates and completing course work online should explore the online-based Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie.

Master of Science in Nursing for Non-nursing Graduates with an A.D.N.  

This program facilitates students who have an associate’s degree in nursing and also have a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing to complete a master of science in nursing degree.


 

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Application Deadline

Nov. 15 - For spring admission: M.S.N. specialties; Direct Entry M.S.N. for Non-nurses (Pleasant Prairie campus only)
Dec. 15 - For summer admission: Direct Entry M.S.N. for Non-nurses (Milwaukee campus only)
Feb. 15 - For fall admission: M.S.N. specialties; Direct Entry M.S.N. for Non-nurses (Pleasant Prairie campus only)

M.S.N. specialty and Direct Entry M.S.N. (Pleasant Prairie campus) applicants who apply after the Feb. 15 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis for fall admission, provided their application is complete by June 1.

M.S.N. applicants are not eligible for summer admission.

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements via the NursingCAS website: www.nursingcas.org.

Apply to nursing Graduate program

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE scores (General test only). Waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.
  • With the exception of Second Degree Direct Entry MSN applicants, all applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • Upon acceptance to the graduate program, students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form. Information on CPR requirements, physical examination and immunization status, including results of a T.B. skin test and proof of Wisconsin R.N. licensure (or Indiana R.N. licensure for students in the adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner – Indianapolis M.S.N.) and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the CastleBranch website. Results of a T.B. skin test must be provided annually, an influenza vaccine is required annually, and a drug screen must be completed three months prior to beginning clinical practicum courses. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The information is required for progression within the program.
  • Adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner students must demonstrate evidence of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and have experience working with acutely ill adults. Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students need to be PALS-certified and have experience working with acutely ill children. One year of practice in an acute care setting is required for acute care and pediatric acute care students prior to beginning clinical practicum course work.

You may be interested in the other graduate programs offered by Marquette University's Nursing Graduate School.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the departmental financial aid webpage. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Tuition information for the Master of Science in Nursing — Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, as it differs from other graduate programs.

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Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick

phone: (414) 288-4792

email: elizabeth.kerrick@marquette.edu