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MSN Program

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Degree Program Requirements

The MSN degree requires a minimum of 36 credits consisting of different combinations of courses: core, direct care core, electives, specialty and Practicum. Two years of nursing experience is recommended, and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

MSN Program Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. Core Courses 12
II. Direct Care Core Courses or Electives 9
III. Area of Specialty (choose one) 15
Total Credits 36

Please note: Graduate credits that were earned more than seven years prior to a student's enrollment date may not be applied to either the MSN degree or certificate without the permission of the Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.

About the MSN Program



Estimated Cost of Degree:

$18,225* – $24,300

Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $675 per credit
  • $298 graduation audit fee

Excludes books or other fees
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*estimated cost for graduates of the University’s RN-BSN program who complete nine graduate credits as part of the RN-BSN program.


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Transfer Credits:

Up to 12 Credits

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