Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program provides innovative and accessible educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as a nurse leader or nurse educator.


The Master of Science in Nursing program is a 2.5-year degree offering graduate courses in an ACEN accredited program. Nurses are prepared for roles in education and leadership in academic and service settings. Foundational courses include theoretical and philosophical perspectives in nursing, research, ethics, evidence-based practice and contemporary health issues.

Cardinal Stritch University is a leading provider of creative, flexible programs that integrate theory and practices to meet emerging health needs of clients and communities.The education concentration prepares nurses to sit for the nurse educator (CNE) exam. The leadership concentration prepares nurses based on Nurse Executive (AONE) and Nurse Management (AACN) competencies. Graduates will be able to practice and make contributions in a variety of educational and leadership positions based on theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge.

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MSN graduates from Stritch are able to:

  • Synthesize advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge to influence nursing and health care.
  • Utilize an evidence-based approach in advanced practice roles in nursing education and leadership.
  • Analyze contemporary social, economic, legal, ethical and political issues to lead and manage change in nursing and health care.
  • Design and implement strategies to successfully lead and educate nurses in a variety of settings.
  • Apply effective principles and practices in communication and collaboration with nurses and other health professionals.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge through an evidence-based project in a selected field. 

Program Format

The MSN program is offered in a cohort format.  All students complete the MSN Core Curriculum courses and the MSN Direct Care Core courses and then select either the Educator or Leadership Concentration courses. Ultimately, graduates of the program find that their investment pays off in time and best-positions them for flexibility in their healthcare career. Most often, students are able to obtain positions that allow for a daytime work schedule which creates more time for everyday demands of their lives throughout the week.

Semesters to Join the Program

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face
  • Online
  • Hybrid/Blended

Application Requirements

  • Prior Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program (NLNAC, ACEN or CCNE); cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing and other course work.
  • Professional Credential and Competency: Provide a copy of your current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Wisconsin.
  • Admissions Application: Complete our online admissions application
  • Transcripts: Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • Portfolio: Submit a resume/C.V. and reflective essay

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Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.