Nursing Graduate Programs

Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs

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 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has a publication, Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs, which is a reference for students and practicing nurses who are considering graduate level nursing education. Learn more about the different graduate nursing education options.

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. 

Apply on Nursing CAS

Applications for the M.S.N., D.N.P., Ph.D. and most post-master's certificates must be submitted via Nursing CAS. Graduates of the Marquette Direct Entry program continuing into the Post-Master's C.N.P. or a post-master's certificate apply directly to the Marquette Graduate School


 

Nursing Graduate Programs 

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Our master of science in nursing program offers specialization options that include health systems leadership, advanced practice specialties in nurse midwifery, pediatric primary care, pediatric acute care, adult-older adult primary care, and adult-older adult acute care. Post-master's certificate programs are available in these specializations as well as in family nurse practitioner.


 

Direct Entry M. S. N. for Graduates with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

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 course work, hands-on learning, and clinical practice. To help students succeed, our faculty and staff offer their support every step of the way.

There are 2 sites at which this program is offered. The Milwaukee based program is an in-person program which admits students in May of each year. The Pleasant Prairie site, which admits students in fall and spring semesters, offers a hybrid program in which didactic course work is online and clinicals, skills laboratories and simulations are offered in-person.

Our program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and to begin a successful careers as registered nurses after earning their Master of Science in Nursing.

 

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) — Direct Entry for A.D.N. Nurses

Our program facilitates students who have an associate 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.


 

Master of Science (M.S.) Health Care Data Analytics

This 30-credit interdisciplinary program is designed to meet the demand within the health care and auxiliary industries for professionals with advanced training in data analytics.  Five Computer Science courses compose the program’s data analytics core, and five Health courses provide the context for applying these technical skills. The combination of course work prepares students for a mentor-guided practicum in the final semester. 

Experienced nurses play a crucial role in the development, implementation, and optimization of clinical applications to ensure patient safety and improve processes.  Advanced analytics training can open up career opportunities to implement solutions that improve patient outcomes.  Working professionals can complete this 100% online program part-time in five semesters. 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.


 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

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


 

Ph.D. in Nursing

The PhD in Nursing program, designed to develop teacher-scholars, accepts both post-B.S.N. 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.


Off Campus and Remote Learning at Marquette

Adult-Gerontology 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 course work 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 M.S.N. for Non-Nursing Majors – 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 course work, 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) as well as a successful career in an advanced health care setting.


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