Master of Science in Nursing Program

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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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-making 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-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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.  

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Care includes health promotion, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems in patients ages 13 and up in a clinic setting.


Nurse Midwifery

Prepares students for independent management of  women at low risk during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and for primary and gynecologic care of women throughout the life span. 


Health Systems Leadership

Prepare for leadership, administrative and executive roles through understanding health systems, clinical operations, and strategic thinking.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student to manage complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children. 


Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student for advanced practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Graduates are prepared to independently provide health care for children and families, from simple to complex health issues, usually in primary care settings. 


Dual Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Practice as a dual-trained pediatric acute care/primary care nurse practitioner. Graduates are prepared to manage well children, pediatric acute and episodic illnesses, complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children. 



Non-Nursing MSN Program


Direct Entry MSN for Non-nursing Graduates

Do you have a baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and wish to become a nurse? The program builds upon the student’s broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated nursing curriculum to meet the student’s career goals. 

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Application Deadline

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

MSN specialty and Direct Entry MSN (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

MSN, DNP, post-MSN Certificate, and PhD applicants should refer to the application deadlines specific to their program of interest. DNP applicants are not eligible for summer admission. 

Application Requirements

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  • 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.
  • The GRE is not required to apply to the program. However, if you feel that your GRE scores would strengthen your application, you can submit them, and we will include that information in the application review.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adult-geriatric 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.

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.