MS Degree Requirements

The estimated length of time required to complete the Master of Science program is 15 months of full-time study. Part-time study is available.

International Opportunities are available for students who are enrolled in the Master of Science program who wish to enhance their learning through health care immersion experiences in a society and/or culture very different from their own.

Goals of the Master of Science Program

  1. Evaluate the current state of knowledge in a selected area of nursing as it informs theory, practice and research.
  2. Develop and implement scholarly inquiry in a focused area of nursing knowledge.
  3. Evaluate the application of inquiry‐based knowledge to selected areas of patient- and population-centered and inter‐professional care among diverse and multicultural communities.
  4. Articulate ethical issues, practical challenges and responsibilities involved in processing data to generate new knowledge.
  5. Develop and utilize organization and system leadership strategies that foster innovation and improvement of health care.
  6. Design, implement and utilize healthcare technologies to promote quality of care, patient and community safety and empowerment.

Minimum School Requirements: Master of Science

Program Element


Nursing Science and Professional Foundations18
Theory Development5
Modes of Inquiry


Thesis or Scholarly Projects.6 if scholarly project
9 if thesis
Related Coursework6
Total Credits46 if scholarly project
49 if thesis