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 designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. The 75-credit program builds upon previous, broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated, and specialized nursing curriculum preparing students to take the NCLEX examination and to earn a Master of Science degree in nursing.

Marquette University College of Nursing believes that leadership in providing an academically, fiscally, and socially responsible health care system to facilitate educational mobility of individuals is an important component of the university's mission. The Direct Entry M.S.N. curriculum is designed to facilitate graduate nursing education and accommodate adult learners.

Two ways to learn and grow

Milwaukee on Marquette Campus 

In-person, on campus learning delivery

Pleasant Prairie Campus

Hybrid with a combination of distance learning and in-person clinicals, skills labs and clinical simulations


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Program Highlights

  • Our accelerated Direct Entry M.S.N. curriculum leverages a student’s non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
  • Skills and simulation labs at our program sites in Milwaukee or Pleasant Prairie afford hands-on learning.
  • Students complete in-hospital clinicals at top health care facilities.
  • Our post-master's advanced nursing certificate programs allow graduates to learn highly specialized skills. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Admission Requirements

1. Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing with a degree conferral GPA of 3.000 or above, using a 4.000 system.

4. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with grade of C or above.

  • Human anatomy and physiology: 5-6 credits (preferably within the last 5 years).
  • Microbiology with a lab: 3 credits (preferably within the last 5 years).
  • Chemistry or biochemistry or biology: 3 credits (preferably within the last 5 years).
  • Clinical nutrition: 3 credits.
  • Behavioral sciences, e.g., psychology, sociology: 3 credits.
  • Statistics (including inferential): 3 credits to be completed within the last 5 years of program start date. For students who have had an inferential statistics course, but it has been longer than five years, the ability to demonstrate proficiency by examination may be available through an approved testing source. A list of approved examination providers is available from the College of Nursing.