Master of Science in Nursing & Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Dual Degree)
Xavier University

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Nursing & Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a dual degree program that allows students to earn both the nursing and criminal justice master’s degrees, preparing them to function in both non-traditional roles within criminal justice and in health care.  Students will learn to design complex health care delivery services that respond to changes in policies, bioterrorism, and disasters in a program that prepares nursing graduate students for various clinical roles such as sexual assault nurse examiners, forensic psychiatric nurses, legal nurse consultants, or nurse coroners.  The curriculum focuses on three major themes: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in the health care environment; courses consist of nursing core courses, criminal justice and forensic courses, and courses that synthesize and apply skills.  You can choose to take the criminal justice and forensic track which emphasizes the preparation of students for roles in the criminal justice system or nursing forensics.


  • Graduate of a regionally accredited college or university bachelor degree nursing program with CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accreditation
  • Registered nurse with a BSN or have a bachelor degree in another field with a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing
  • Unencumbered RN license in the U.S. and licensure in the state of practicum experiences
  • Completed a statistics course with a minimum grade of “C"
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended for any undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae outlining nursing experience
  • Contact information for 3 professional recommendations
  • A 3-5-page narrative goal statement
  • Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

School Accreditation Statement

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

Restricted States

International, Tennessee, Utah, Washington