RN to Master of Nursing

The RN-MN program allows RNs with a bachelor’s degree in any field to pursue an advanced nursing degree while maintaining their other life commitments. Master’s-prepared nurses are in high demand to assume existing and emerging roles in a number of health care settings including management, administration, education, research, policy, and consulting. Full- and part-time programs of study are available. 

This program is offered at all College of Nursing sites.

You may start the program in spring or fall semester.

Application deadlines are:

  • Last day to accept applications for fall start: April 15
  • Last day to accept applications for spring start: November 1

Prior to applying to the graduate school and selecting a master’s track option, you will be advised on the completion of the following two courses, which will help bridge your current bachelor’s degree to graduate-level course work in nursing.

  • NURS 360 Professional Nursing Concepts & Issues (2 credits)
  • NURS 440 Community Health Nursing Concepts (3 credits)

The RN to MN program requires 37 credit hours. Some students may need additional courses to bridge their current degree to master’s-level course work. The typical student completes the program in two to three years full-time or three to four years part-time. The Graduate School allows six years.

Graduate certificate options

The 32 credit MN in Population Health includes a Nursing Education Certificate. Students have the option of adding on certificates in Nursing Leadership or Public Health for additional credits.

Careers and salary

Master’s-level nurses may work as faculty members for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing; manage nursing units; work in public health as nurses or administrators; specialize in informatics, transitional care, outreach, training or health education; or serve as administrators of acute or chronic care.

Salary varies by location and specialty, but most MN-prepared nurses can expect an average starting salary ranging from $45,000-$80,000.

Ready to apply?

Contact an academic advisor and see Steps to Apply for pre-application and application requirements.