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M.S. in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides innovative educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as an educator (15 credits) or a leader (15 credits). Stritch students have access to faculty who are flexible and always willing to help students thrive in and out of the classroom. 

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides innovative educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as a nurse educator or leader. You can apply for admission to either the MSN Educator or MSN Leader concentration. You will complete MSN courses to develop foundational knowledge in theoretical and philosophical perspectives in nursing, research, ethics, evidence-based practice and contemporary health issues which characterizes graduate preparation in nursing, positioning you to achieve the MSN end-of-program student learning outcomes. Upon completion of the foundation coursework, you will move into courses for your selected concentration. Graduates will be able to practice in a variety of educational and leadership positions.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Concentration Options

MSN Educator Concentration (15 Credits)
NRS 512 Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation
NRS 513 Evaluation in Nursing Education
NRS 519 Teaching and Learning Strategies
NRS 520 Technology and Nursing Education Practicum
NRS 540 Nurse as Educator Practicum

MSN Leadership Concentration (15 Credits)
NRS 521 Principles of Project Management
NRS 522 Project Management in Nursing Leadership Practicum I
NRS 523 Introduction to Organizational Systems Leadership
NRS 524 Healthcare Systems Leadership
NRS 525 Financial and Human Resources in Healthcare
NRS 541 Leadership in Nursing Practicum II

Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education Re-Accreditation

Dear Nursing Education Community:

The Department of Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University will be reviewed for re-accreditation of its BSN program and accreditation of its MSN program October 24-26, 2022 by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning our programs’ qualifications for accreditation. We invite you to submit comments to CCNE at:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
 655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001


Comments must be received by September 23, 2022, 21 business days prior to the first day of the on-site evaluation. Third-party comments must relate to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. All third-party comments must be written in English.

Please note that comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review our programs. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board.

If you have any questions regarding the third-party comment process or any aspect of the accreditation process, please contact Priya Lorenzen at (202) 887-6791 ext. 276 or at

Crystal-Rae D Walton
Acting Dean- College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Masters in Nursing

Career Opportunities

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares nurses for leadership roles in education and healthcare. Graduates may elect to work in academic, community or service settings. 

A shortage of nurses means that MSNs have many career paths to choose from, in both clinical and nonclinical fields. 

Nursing educator with students in lab

Over $1 million of $5 million Nurse Educator Program funds have been awarded

The Wisconsin Nurse Educator Program, created to support the education of nurses in Wisconsin, has proven to be extremely popular, according to Linda K. Young, Chair of the ANEW Implementation Council for the Nurse Educator Program. “Thus far, there have been 26 applications and 26 confirmed awardees,” said Young. “We have already awarded over $1 million in the first month of this initiative. Two schools have already filled their number of allocated awardees. Things are rolling along,” she said.

Applications by nursing students admitted to approved programs are still being accepted. Information on how to apply can be found on the project website (Wisconsin Nurse Educator Program | A Program to Support the Education of Wisconsin Nurses).

Ph.D. students are eligible for $50,000, DNP students $40,000 and MSN NE students $30,000. The awards are discrete amounts, not variable. Funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition as well as expenses related to school such as books, travel, childcare, etc. Students must maintain full-time enrollment and must commit to teaching at an approved Wisconsin-based school for at least three years post-graduation.

The funds are distributed through the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB). Applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications will be received until all funds are distributed. Funds will be dispersed in the fall and spring semesters of the 2022-23 academic year. Applicants are responsible for budgeting use of funds to extend throughout the program of study.

Article source:

WI Nurse Educator Project Website

The Value of a Master’s Degree

Advanced degree holders earn about 70% more over the course of their careers than professionals with only a bachelor's degree. 

Learn more about how valuable a degree can be for your career path and the average salaries that come with holding an advanced degree. 

Master's degrees are advanced graduate degrees that can advance earning potential and professional advancement for students and working professionals. 

Advanced degree holders earn about 70% more over the course of their careers than professionals with only a bachelor's degree. 

The combination of further education and experience is the single best way to ensure that your career continues to flourish. 

Professionals with advanced degrees consistently demonstrate a higher job satisfaction than those with only a bachelor's degree. 

MSN nurses can increase their earning potential through experience. On average, MSN nurses can earn up to $32,000 more than BSN nurses. 

Average salary breakdown as a BSN nurse...

  • Entry-level: $69,610
  • 1-4 Years of Experience: $88,340
  • 5-9 Years of Experience: $104,940
  • 10-19 Years of Experience: $126,770
  • 20+ Years of Experience: $131,160
  • MSN average salary: $108,980


 A Nurse's Prayer

Give to my heart, O Lord… Compassion and understanding. Give to my hands, skill and tenderness. Give to my ears, the ability to listen. Give to my lips, words of comfort.

Give to me, O Lord… Strength for this selfless service. And enable me to give hope To those I am called to serve.


For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.