Master of Nursing Science

Dr. Teresa Whited
Director of MNSc Programs

Welcome to the College of Nursing MNSc Website!  The program leading to the Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Master of Nursing Science program prepares nurses as advanced practice registered nurse in the role of a nurse practitioner or administrator. The MNSc program provides a foundation for doctoral study. The advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is accountable to society in one of six population foci that include family/individuals across the lifespan, adult gerontology, neonatal (not offered), women’s health/gender related and psychiatric mental health.  The advanced practice registered nurse is prepared to (a) provide and manage care of individuals, families, groups, and/or communities; (b) participate in the development and implementation of health care systems that are accessible and responsive to the consumer; (c) use and collaborate in research; (d) develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs; and (e) provide leadership in the profession, the health care sector, and society as a whole.

Graduates are eligible to sit for certification from the following certification bodies:

  •  American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  •  American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
  • National Certification Organization (NCC)
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)

Please Note:

The CON will gradually reduce the number of students admitted to the Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) nurse practitioner specialties beginning in the fall of 2017, with the last fall admission to the MNSc nurse practitioner specialties in Fall 2018. The CON will continue admitting to the MNSc Nurse Practitioner specialties in the Spring terms for the near future.

The Nursing Administration Master’s specialty will remain with both fall and spring admissions. The MNSc Nursing Administration specialty application deadlines will be February 1st and September 1st each year. Students who choose Nursing Administration are not eligible to complete the nurse practitioner focused BSN to DNP program.

Policy for Transfer Between MNSc Specialties

  1. Transfer from one specialty to another is not permissible in the College of Nursing
  2. Students who desire to change specialties must apply as a new student. This application will be considered for acceptance with all others in the application cycle.
  3. This does not apply to students who wish to change tracks within the pediatric specialty only.
  4. There are no exceptions to this policy.

MNSc Specialty Programs

Program of Study

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

      • Primary Care Track  (Applications will only be accepted if minimum number of spots are filled)
      • Acute Care Track (Application will be accepted for the September 1st deadline minimum number of spots must be filled.)

* Co-acceptance in one of the specialty programs is required.