Master of Science In Nursing (M.S.N.) Graduate Program

Graduates of the M.S.N. program will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Provides culturally appropriate evidence-based clinical prevention and population health to individuals, families and aggregates.

Frequently asked questions

Taylor Rose Pamperin
Graduate Program Advisor
(414) 288-5632


Master of science in nursing (M.S.N.)

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


Option Coordinator



Adult - Older Adult Acute Care NP

Debra Casper

(414) 288-3871


Adult - Older Adult Primary Care NP

Dr. Christine Shaw

(414) 288-3843

Adult - Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Christine Shaw

(414) 288-3843

Pediatrics Primary Care NP

Dr. Kristin Haglund

(414) 288-3824

Pediatrics Acute Care NP

Dr. Christine Schindler

(414) 288-6179

Dual Pediatrics Primary and Acute Care NP

Dr. Kristin Haglund


Dr. Christine Schindler


(414) 288-3824

(414) 288-6179


Dr. Lisa Hanson


(414) 288-3841

Systems Leadership & Health Care Quality

Dr. Jane Miles

(414) 288-3851



Direct Entry M.S.N. for A.D.N. with non-nursing degrees

The College of Nursing developed this program of study for nurses who have associate degrees in nursing and baccalaureate or higher degrees in disciplines other than nursing.

Direct Entry M.S.N. for non-nursing majors - Milwaukee

Our full-time, 18-month, 5-semester program is designed for non-nursing graduates — individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. This program builds upon the student's broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated, and specialized nursing curriculum to meet the student's career goals. Upon completion of the DE M.S.N. program and successfully attaining their registered nursing license, students are encouraged to consider continuing their education in one of our post-master’s specialty certificate programs.

Direct Entry M.S.N. for non-nursing majors - Pleasant Prairie (online based)

This full-time, 20-to-21-month program allows individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline to transition into a nursing career. Students complete course work online; simulation and skills labs in our program site in Pleasant Prairie; and participate in clinical practice through health care networks in southern Wisconsin. Learn more about the admissions process and contact an admissions adviser.


Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in Indianapolis, Indiana (online)

This program is designed for current RNs with a valid license who hold a bachelor of science in nursing. Our program combines online theoretical 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.