Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) - Milwaukee

Located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, this full time accelerated, 5-semester 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.

This largely in-person program provides an in-depth graduate nursing education while laying the foundation for nursing practice by incorporating hands-on skills learning in our state-of-the-art Center for Clinical Simulation. Clinical course rotations begin in the first semester and you can expect to complete approximately 1,020 clinical practicum hours at various healthcare facilities in the metro-Milwaukee region. Dedicated staff and faculty work to connect students with networking opportunities, professional development resources and foster an environment of personal, academic and career-focused growth.

Our program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and to begin a successful career in an advanced health care setting after earning their Master of Science degree in nursing.

FAQs for  non-nursing graduates: Direct Entry M.S.N. in Milwaukee

Program Highlights

  • The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program for non-nursing graduates is a full-time, 18-month program designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing.
  • Students can expect a mix of traditional classroom lecture and discussion, hybrid courses, and online learning.
  • Anticipate in-person semester engagement opportunities with college leadership and staff as well as connection to college and university student support resources.

By leveraging a student’s previous academic experience, we are able to compress a quality nursing education into a rigorous, accelerated program.

Students are encouraged to consider our post-master's advanced nursing certificate programs which allow graduates to learn highly specialized skills while working in their new career. An application to a post-master's certificate program may be submitted pending successful completion of NCLEX-RN.


Curricular Plan

DE MSN Educational Program Curriculum


Admission Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the cycle end date to allow adequate time for application verification by NursingCAS and to ensure receipt of all materials (e.g., professional recommendations, academic transcripts). Only applications that are complete and have been verified by the cycle end date will be reviewed for admission to the program.

Applications for the Direct Entry MSN Milwaukee campus are due by December 15 to be considered for the following May start.

Information regarding program admission requirements and admission process can be found on the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing page.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website. Additional FAFSA and financial aid information may also be found on the Marquette Central website.


To Request Information or to Schedule a Visit

For more information regarding the program, please request information on Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing Milwaukee campus through the Graduate School. To schedule a visit, please complete the Graduate School visit request form.


Taylor Rose Pamperin
Graduate Program Advisor