Program Overview

The online MSN degree curriculum builds on the bachelor nursing degree to help students become advanced practice nurses (APNs). Graduate-level nursing programs like Catholic University's MSN incorporate concepts of nursing science and advanced nursing practice applications with theories of health care management and leadership to produce well-rounded nursing practitioners.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • You must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university offering a program in nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates of programs not accredited by the ACEN or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American BSN established. Evaluation may be conducted by either the World Education Services ( or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (
    • A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, as well as an average GPA of 3.0 in the nursing major.
    • You must have completed a graduate-level statistics course within the past five years with a grade of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or better. The requirement must be met prior to enrolling in Research, N708.
    • You must be a currently licensed registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions.
    • You should have nursing experience relevant to the certification you are seeking.


    Most states require the University to seek specific authorization before offering online programs to students in that state. Applications are pending in some states, so please check back on a regular basis if you live in a state where applications are not currently being accepted.

    School Overview

    The Catholic University of America is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. Established in 1887 as a papally chartered graduate and research center, the University began offering undergraduate education in 1904.

    At The Catholic University of America, one of America’s oldest and strongest major research universities, the search for truth ranges across 12 schools, 120 disciplines, and every continent. CUA offers doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, adult, online, and pre-college programs.


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