Online Master of Science in Nursing

Bring Your Future Into Focus

Customize Your Journey to Nursing Excellence

Nursing isn’t just an occupation—it’s a vocation, a calling. As recent world events have proved, few careers are more important and impactful than nursing. If you’re looking to advance your influence, Wilson College Online’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can empower you to do more.

At Wilson, we offer you a choice of two MSN tracks—Education or Leadership and Management—so that you can pursue the path that works best for your career goals. The Education track prepares you to work as a clinical instructor, as a professor, or in staff education roles. The Education track also includes the coursework required to continue toward a nurse practitioner certification after graduation. The Leadership and Management track allows for administrative advancement in fields such as nursing, healthcare business, allied health, and quality assurance. If you’re interested in continuing to the doctoral level after completing the MSN online program, both tracks can lead to a PhD in nursing.

Because we value the nursing experience you’re coming in with, our unique program requires no clinical hours. You can earn your degree anytime, anywhere—without disrupting your schedule. Are you ready to get the education you need to become a nursing leader? It’s time to join us at Wilson.

Please note that an RN license is required for admission.

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Choose Wilson for Your MSN Degree

Our 36-credit online MSN program provides an affordable and accelerated pathway to gain the research-based foundations and applied leadership strategies to become a transformative nursing leader and educator. During your time in the program, you’ll learn to:

  • Manage quality improvement, health policy, and ethical care across healthcare settings
  • Develop ideologies of holistic care so that you can treat the whole patient effectively
  • Distribute your newfound nursing knowledge through education
  • Function as a confident leader who knows how to implement cutting-edge nursing practices

What Will You Do With Your MSN Degree?

Whether you choose the Education or Leadership and Management track, our online MSN prepares you with the dynamic skill set to serve in a variety of purpose-based roles. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for careers such as:

Education Track

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor
  • Nurse health coach
  • Clinical instructor
  • Program director
  • Staff development
  • Continued study toward nurse practitioner

Leadership and Management Track

  • Nurse manager
  • Nurse recruiter
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Magnet® recognized hospital administrator
  • Nurse navigator
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Curriculum & Courses

Required Courses

BUS 535

Interpersonal Dynamics

3 credit hours

NUR 501

Advanced Practice - Roles/Concepts

3 credit hours

NUR 523

Ethics and Healthcare Regulations

3 credit hours

NUR 586

Introduction to Research Methodologies

3 credit hours

NUR 587

Generating & Using Evidence in Healthcare

3 credit hours

NUR 599

Master's Project

3 credit hours

MSN: Education Degree Requirements

Required Courses

NUR 530

Health Assessment-Adv Practice Nurse

3 credit hours

NUR 533

Advanced Pharmacology

3 credit hours

NUR 535

Advanced Pathophysiology

3 credit hours

NUR 536

Fnd of Nursing Education and Curriculum

3 credit hours

NUR 537

Outcomes and Program Evaluation

3 credit hours

NUR 538

Teaching Practices

3 credit hours

MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management Degree Requirements

Required Courses

BUS 567

Process Reengineering & Change Mgt

3 credit hours

BUS 549

Leadership Models and Practices

3 credit hours


Graduate Elective in BUS or NUR

NUR 540

Healthcare Systems

3 credit hours

BUS 545

Healthcare Finance I

3 credit hours

BUS 546

Healthcare Finance II

3 credit hours

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Tuition and Aid

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Summer ’24: $580 per credit hour Fall ’24: $590 per credit hour

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36 total credits

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Financial assistance and payment plans available

Wilson College Online is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. We’re proud to offer online courses at under $600 per credit hour as a private college. Plus, our dedicated financial services team will help you along the way.

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Personal Learning Environment

Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures every student gets the individualized attention they deserve.

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Flexible Coursework

Asynchronous coursework allows you to work at your own pace with no set class times—enabling you to earn a degree when and where it makes sense for you.

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Attentive Faculty

Our devoted faculty truly care about your success, both in the classroom and beyond. Their virtual door is always open for mentorship, career advice, and academic support.

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Regional Recognition

Wilson College provides the opportunity for transformative education, which is why U.S. News named the institution among the Top Performers on Social Mobility in the North.

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Ethical Education

Our liberal studies emphasis creates agents of justice who fuel meaningful positive change in society. You’ll learn to put your accounting degree toward social good.

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Sense of Belonging

Our online programs honor Wilson’s rich history of providing accessible and inclusive education. No matter your background, you belong at Wilson.

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Get Your Degree While You Work

We know you’re more than just a student and you have many responsibilities outside of school. That’s why we offer flexible, asynchronous online courses that allow you to study at your own pace, on your own schedule.

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What You Need for Admission

Entry Requirements for the MSN Program

  • Official baccalaureate transcript(s)
  • Active RN license in the state in which you practice
  • GPA of 3.0 (A lower GPA may be accepted upon interview and conditions set at the discretion of the program director.)
  • Resume or CV
  • Upon acceptance into the MSN program, additional paperwork may be required.

Track-Specific Requirements

  • Direct entry into the MSN Education track requires a bachelor’s in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Direct entry into the MSN Leadership and Management track requires a bachelor’s degree in any major.

About Wilson College

Initially founded as an all-women's college in 1869, Wilson College's mission is to empower students to be confident critical thinkers, creative visionaries, effective communicators, honorable leaders, and agents of justice in their communities. Across all programs and fields of study, the College is fiercely committed to and passionate about providing student-centric education and individualized attention, ensuring all students succeed.

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