Advance your practice through caring and leadership

This program allows students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and also have a bachelor's degree outside of nursing to complete a master of science in nursing degree with a specialty focus as an advanced practice nurse or nurse leader.

Program Highlights

  • Rolling admission
  • Part-time and full-time available for working students
  • After completing four required courses, students progress into their chosen specialization
  • Tuition Cost Per Credit: $1,220.00



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These programs are generally completed on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per term) while students are working. Personalized plans of study are created collaboratively by each student and their adviser in order to create a manageable and flexible schedule.

Direct Entry MSN ADN Program

The total number of credits taken to complete the master of science in nursing ranges from 39-51, depending on the specialization chosen, in addition to the initial 12 credits listed below.


Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

Community and Population Health Nursing

Interdisciplinary Palliative Care

Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care

Total Credit Hours: 12 

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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission

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Application Requirements

  • 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. (Post-master's certificate requires only one completed recommendation.)
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • GRE not required.
  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater, using a 4.0 system
  • Associate degree in nursing with GPA of 3.0 or above, using a 4.0 system
  • Completion of Marquette University Graduate School application, indicating you have an A.D.N. and a B.S./B.A. degree
  • Must be registered as a professional nurse in the United States and licensed in Wisconsin
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better (Note: these undergraduate courses do not count as graduate electives):
    • Anatomy and Physiology* 5–6 credits
    • Chemistry or Biochemistry or Biology or Microbiology* 5–6 credits
    • Behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology) 3 credits
    • Statistics (including inferential analysis)** 3 credits

* Prerequisites preferred within last five years.
** Statistics must be taken within five years of your start date.

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.

Review frequently asked questions about the Direct Entry MSN Program.


Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 


Program Advisor

Taylor Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor