Program Overview

The online MSN degree program from Minnesota State University Moorhead builds upon the general baccalaureate nursing competencies and provides specialty education and skills necessary for advanced roles in healthcare. Students are offered two emphasis choices to suit their personal interests and professional goals:

  • Nursing Education
  • ​Nursing Administration and Organization Systems Leadership

​Graduates are prepared to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice, to collaborate in clinical practice, and to form research partnerships in education and healthcare settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Hold a BS or BA in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC), NLN, or CCNE accredited nursing program.
    • Document current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US (does not need to be MN).
    • Have a total cumulative local GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the institution where the baccalaureate nursing degree was awarded.
    • Essay.
    • Three recommendations.

    School Overview

    Moorhead became the site for a new normal school in Northwestern Minnesota after State Senator Solomon Comstock introduced a bill to the Minnesota State Legislature in 1885, declaring "…it would be a fine thing for the Red River Country and especially for Moorhead." In 1921, the need for high school teachers led the state legislature to authorize to award bachelor’s degrees, renaming the school Moorhead State Teachers College. The school changed its name to Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2000.

    Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a variety online learning programs and degrees. Online opportunities include degrees that are fully online or hybrid – a model of of online instruction that combines face-to-face meetings with online activities. Online learning opportunities at Moorhead provide the same high-quality, positive learning experience as in a traditional classroom setting. Students earn the same respected degree and learn from the same expert faculty as on-campus students.


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