Online Master of Science in Nursing

Prepare for career advancement with Arizona State University’s Master of Science in nursing degree online. With a curriculum focused on key competencies and transformational leadership, this program prepares you to advance in the field as a nurse leader and impact patient quality and safety through evidence-based practice.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 12

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

Degree questions, answered.

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What you’ll learn in this online master’s in nursing

Accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, this program focuses on three key areas:

  • Evidence-based practice.
  • Patient safety.
  • Health care quality and leadership.

With flexible preceptorships and coursework, you can tailor your learning experience to meet your needs and future aspirations. This program’s curriculum includes competencies outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials and the National League for Nursing.

Your courses may feature topics such as transformational leadership, innovative thinking and interprofessional team collaboration content, which will prepare you for roles related to system change and enhancing health workplaces for efficiency and improved patient outcomes. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your area of interest to gain hands-on experience in the field.

Who’s a good candidate for this program?

This program is ideal for nurses looking to gain advanced education and skills in the translation of concepts, practices and principles of leadership. To pursue this master’s program, you must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or be in the process of completing a BSN when applying. Additionally, you must have an RN license before applying or plan to receive your RN license within the first semester of beginning this master’s program.

If you’re an RN with an associate degree, you may apply to the RN to Master of Science in nursing bridge program.

What can you do with an MSN?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) encourages nurses to strive for higher levels of education to enhance quality of care and meet the needs of diverse patient populations. In 2019, AACN endorsed a new position that all nurses should take the next step in their education in an effort to create a highly educated nursing workforce.

Building on your current skills, this master’s in nursing will advance your knowledge in patient-centered health services, improved health outcomes and reduction of health care costs. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with a pathway to career advancement in the field of nursing. This program can also prepare you for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Will my degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Online MSN courses

Courses in this master’s in nursing program focus on improvement science that leads to safe, effective, coordinated, patient-centered health services, improved health outcomes and reduction of health care costs. You’ll also gain hands-on experience with two supervised practicum courses and one applied project capstone course.


Core

Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion I


Core

​​​​​​​Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across Lifespan 


Core

Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan 


Core

Clinical Prevention and Population Health Practicum


Core

Collaboration for Improving Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Outcomes


Core

Evaluating Research for Practice 


Core

Health Care Evidence, Informatics and Analysis


Core

Individual and Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice


Jobs a master’s in nursing prepares you for

Throughout this master’s in nursing, you’ll advance your skills in leadership, research, evidence-based practice, evaluation, critical thinking, health care quality and patient safety. Upon graduating, you’ll be prepared to work in an advanced position or a leadership role in the field. Potential career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Charge nurse

Chief nursing officer

Director of nursing

Lead nurse

Nurse manager

​​​​​​​Nurse supervisor

Earn your master’s degree with experienced leaders in health and patient care

Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members including:

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar.
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving.
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Earn your master’s degree with experienced leaders in health and patient care

Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members including:

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar.
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving.
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

How to apply

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited academic institution. Applicants who are an RN with an associate degree should apply to the RN to Master of Science in nursing bridge program.

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Preparing the nursing and health leaders of tomorrow

ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation provides a first-class education to students across a wide range of health disciplines. The college distinguishes itself through high-quality instructors and challenging courses and programs.

10+


undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs online.

250+


faculty members.

$7.5 million


in research awards in 2022.

4,000+


students.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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