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AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Program


Marquette University College of Nursing graduate education prepares students for professional leadership roles in advanced nursing, nursing education and nursing research. Students obtain training in critical thinking, communication, therapeutic nursing interventions, ethical practice and multicultural competence.

The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report show Marquette programs ranking among the best in the country. Marquette University’s doctorate of nursing practice program was ranked 38th nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2016. This the first time U.S. News has ranked DNP programs in its annual report of top graduate programs. The midwifery program in the College of Nursing is 10th nationally, and the master's program is in the top 10% of graduate nursing programs, ranking 58th out of 486 schools. 

NOTE: Beginning on November 1st, 2014 Nursing began utilizing the Nursing CAS application system. Applications for programs beginning in Summer 2015 or later must be submitted via Nursing CAS.

Clinical Case Management/Care Coordination (CCM/CC) Certificate Program

The program is targeted to bachelor’s prepared registered nurses, health care or social service professionals who desire to advance their career in the specialty area of CCM/CC. Completion of coursework provides a pathway and foundation to obtaining a graduate degree such as Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), or Master of Science in Healthcare Administration.

Master of Science

Our master of science in nursing program offers specialization options that include clinical nurse leader, systems leadership healthcare quality; and advanced practice specialties in nurse-midwifery, pedaitric primary care, pediatric acute care, adult-older adult primary care and adult-older adult acute care. Post Masters certificate programs are available in these specializations as well as Family Nurse Practitioners.

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing for Non-Nursing Majors

The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program for non-nursing graduates is a full-time, accelerated, 18-month program designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. Located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the 75-credit program builds upon previous, broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated, and specialized nursing curriculum with focused coursework, hands-on learning, and clinical practice. To help students succeed, our faculty and staff offer their support every step of the way.

Our program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) examination, Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam, and to begin a successful career in an advanced health care setting after earning their master of science degree in nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing — Direct Entry for ADN Nurses

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.

Health Care Data Analytics

This interdisciplinary program is designed to synergistically combine Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (MSCS) and Health courses, wherein five MSCS courses compose the program’s data analytics core and five HEAL courses provide the context for applying the skills developed in the data analytics core.

The health and data analytics curricular combination is designed to provide an intersection between information systems and health that is particularly appropriate for preparing graduates to be successful and impactful as health care data analysts. It also takes advantage of the strengths and trajectories of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science and Nursing, as well as Marquette’s unique position in the Jesuit tradition and Catholic social teaching. To learn more and apply, visit the Graduate School program page.

Post-master's certificate programs

Post-master’s certificates allow the student with a master’s degree in nursing to pursue a new specialty/certification. All programs require advanced assessment, advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology either as prerequisite or as part of the post-master’s program. The number of credits in the specific post-master’s certificate depends upon the student’s previous master’s in nursing course work. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at Marquette. For the post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate, the applicant must either be currently certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, an Adult-Older Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, or a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.


The focus of the doctor of nursing practice program is advanced practice preparation at the very highest level B.S.N to D.N.P. students can specialize in pediatric-primary care, pediatric-acute care, adults-older adult primary care, adult-order adult acute care and systems leadership healthcare quality. A post master's DNP program is also available.

DNP Nurse Anesthesia

The focus of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is advanced practice preparation at the very highest level-- nurses who understand the complexities of health care, including the need for patient safety, advanced clinical care demands (diagnostics and treatments), information technology, business management and health care finance. Graduates of this program bring best practices to the point of service, having competence in evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement.  

The 36-month Nurse Anesthesia program is full time and will confer the DNP degree at program completion.  The curriculum and clinical experiences prepare students as expert clinicians for every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients. Students gain hands on experience in a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques under the supervision and guidance of certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and physician faculty and practitioners.

Ph.D. in nursing

The Ph.D. in nursing degree program, designed to develop teacher-scholars, accepts both post BSN and post MSN students. Doctoral students develop research skills necessary for the discovery and use of new nursing knowledge and the preparation for teaching roles. The program's primary focus is on vulnerable populations — those persons at risk for adverse health outcomes. Graduates will be competent in creating strategies that impact health disparities affecting our nation.

Marquette at a Distance

Adult-Older Adult ACNP Program in Indianapolis, Indiana

This part-time program is designed for working registered nurses with a valid license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. The program combines online coursework with an in-hospital preceptorship through St.Vincent in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students earn a Master of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology ACNP certification exam.

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing – Pleasant Prairie

Our full-time accelerated Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, which is an hour’s drive from Chicago, allows individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline to quickly transition into a nursing career.

By leveraging a student’s previous academic experience, we are able to compress a quality nursing education into a rigorous, accelerated program steeped in online coursework, hands-on learning and clinical practice. To help students keep pace, our faculty and staff offer their support every step of the way.

Students of this accredited program graduate with a strong academic and clinical foundation that prepares them for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam, as well as a successful career in an advanced health care setting.

Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has a publication, “Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs,” a reference for students and practicing nurses who are considering graduate level nursing education. For more information regarding the different graduate nursing education options, click here.

Marquette is committed to diversity in its student population, faculty and staff. We take pride in our personalized approach with students and quality of all program offerings.



College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.