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Master of Science in Nursing / Education (RN to MSN)

Program Details

WGU’s online Master of Science in Nursing, Education degree program prepares nurses who hold a current RN to be a skilled leader in the field of nursing education. Designed in collaboration with healthcare’s foremost leaders, the MSNUED program focuses on nursing theory and practice, nursing science, context-based student-centered learning, curriculum design and development, and assessment and evaluation strategies for measuring student learning. Graduates will earn both their BSN and MSN degrees, and will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach nursing students, patients, school children, communities, and more. 

WGU's online programs deliver unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Students also benefit from a competency-based learning model, which lets them complete most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation, and beyond.


The program requires the completion of 150 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Applicants must hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


This degree is not authorized for residents in the following state(s):  Washington.