Master of Nursing Science


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)


The College of Nursing (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 Post-BSN to DNP program.

Not sure about which specialty you are interested in?  Check out info and videos about each of our specialties at the button below.

Nursing Specialties


Teresa WhitedTeresa Whited, DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, CPCP-PC
Director of MNSc Programs
Phone: (501) 526-5890