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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 a nurse educator or leader. Stritch provides students with the opportunity to choose between an educator concentration (14 credits) or a leadership concentration (15 credits) to focus on your desired area of study. Being a smaller school allows students to have easier access to our faculty. Faculty is flexible and willing to help their students thrive in and out of the classroom for a successful career. 

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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. 

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 (14 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

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

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

Advance degree holder's 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

Source: Nursingprocess.org/msn-salary

 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.

AMEN

For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.

Holly L. Nerone

Chair - Graduate Nursing|Faculty - Nursing

College of Nursing & Health Sciences|Graduate Nursing

hlnerone@stritch.edu

(414) 410-4751

Elizabeth M. Roy

Senior Admissions Counselor

Enrollment Management - Admissions Graduate

emroy@stritch.edu

(414) 410-4621