Direct Entry M.S.N. for A.D.N. 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 with a specialty focus as an advanced practice nurse or nurse leader. 

Master's degree specialties that may be pursued include: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Dual Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Systems Leadership


A.D.N. Direct Entry Frequently Asked Questions


Admission requirements include the following:

  • 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
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better:
    • 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.
  • Must be registered as a professional nurse in the United States and licensed in Wisconsin