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: $1,205.00



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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

Topics in Nursing (Topic: Community Nursing Clinical)

Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care

Total Credit Hours: 12 

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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.
  • GRE scores (general test only). Waived for applicants who have a bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree if already earned) with a GPA of 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 1448 for submitting GRE scores
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • 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.


Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 


Program Advisor

Taylor Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor