Master of Science Nursing Program

There are 2 Master of Science (MS) degrees available to students wanting to continue their education in nursing.

Both MS degree options require students to complete either a thesis or Scholarly Inquiry Paper (SIP) as their capstone project.

Nurse Educator 

The Nurse Educator (NE) MS program is a way to combine your passions for nursing and teaching. 

You’ll learn how to teach in either an academic or healthcare setting, how to design your curriculum, how to be an effective instructor and evaluator—and more.

Here’s what else you need to know about the NE master’s degree:

  • Comprises 48 credits and 300 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in 4 semesters and 2 summer sessions
  • Costs approximately $54,000

View the required courses for the Nurse Education master’s degree program. 

Nursing & Organizational Leadership 

Turn your dream of becoming an administrator or leader in healthcare into a reality with the Nursing and Organizational Leadership (NOL) MS program.

Through guided practicums and clinicals, you’ll learn how to manage and professionally develop nurses, other healthcare personnel, and budget resources to support individual, family, and community care.

Once you graduate and meet additional eligibility criteria related to work experience, you’ll be prepared for the following certification exams:

Here’s what else you need to know about the NOL master’s degree:

  • Comprises 43 credits and 420 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in four semester sand one summer session
  • Costs approximately $48,000

View the required courses for the Nursing & Organizational Leadership master’s degree program.

Expected Program Outcomes 

The master’s programs are designed so that each student will be able to:

  1. Translate evolving evidence-based nursing knowledge when planning, implementing, and evaluating person-centered care for individuals, families, aggregates, systems, and organizations.
  2. Apply nursing theory, knowledge from other disciplines, research, ethics, diversity, equity, and inclusion into the delivery of person-centered care for populations and healthcare systems.
  3. Cultivate professionalism, including person-centered, ethical, and accountable leadership, and innovation within an advanced nursing role.
  4. Partner within inter-professional teams to analyze complex practice and organizational issues and population health outcomes.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations.

These outcomes were approved by the Curriculum Committee on Oct. 3, 2021 and by the Department of Graduate Nursing on Nov. 8, 2021.

Plans of Study

Plans of study provide detailed outlines of courses students will take for our master’s degree programs.

Contact the Graduate Nursing Department
Graduate Nursing Department
WSU Rochester on Broadway

400 South Broadway, Suite 204

Rochester, MN 55904


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