Program Overview

The MS in Nursing degree program builds on the already laid foundations provided by previous schooling and improves on a student’s critical thinking skills in addition to the core nursing curriculum. The accredited Nursing program equips working nurses with the flexible means and opportunity to earn a valuable degree to advance in the field.

Specialized courses give students the relevant knowledge, skills, and experience needed to assume leadership positions in areas of nursing administration or nursing education. The broad core courses are supplemented with the focused courses associated with each specific concentration, to give the students the most adequate exposure to critical thinking, problem solving, research, evidence-based practice, communications, and management topics.

Choose from two tracks:

  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education

Graduates of the MS degree are well prepared for a range of leadership roles including nurse manager or educator, manager of clinical operations, project director, administrative consultant, health-policy specialist or a staff development consultant. Graduates can also use the degree program as the foundation for careers in other facets of the healthcare industry in positions that public and private hospitals, government health agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program.
    • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
    • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
    • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
    • Graduate testing is not required.

    The program ends with a required one-week residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June.

    School Overview

    Norwich instills its nearly 200-year history of academic excellence into the online learning classroom; and continues to be at the forefront of change within the higher education community. Online programs extend this innovative legacy of Norwich preparing students for leadership roles for today’s most demanding careers. 

    With the opening of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and its online platform, Norwich University has extended this learning process to working adults and lifelong learners, offering bachelor's and master's degrees in fully online formats.

    Norwich commits to:

    • Relevant and respected online academic programs
    • Flexibility: complete your coursework at times that suit your schedule
    • Dynamic and interactive learning environment
    • Opportunities to immediately apply your coursework in your workplace or community
    • Exceptional student service
    • Engaged faculty and a personalized experience
    • A community of fellow lifelong learners


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