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A bachelor’s degree is not necessarily the end of the line in nursing education. Nurses interested in increased autonomy and more granular knowledge can find these in specialized fields such as nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist. The journey to nursing specialization begins with enrolling in a master of science in nursing (MSN) program.

The benefits of an MSN degree
The master of science in nursing is a graduate-level qualification which opens the door for nurses to further their careers in a range of advanced fields. Michigan boasts over 45 MSN programs in a variety of specializations including geriatric nursing and nursing administration. Some of the top schools that offer MSN programs include the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor and Flint campuses) and Wayne State University.

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After completing an MSN program
A master of science in nursing program can position nurses to re-enter the workforce as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in well-compensated specializations. For example, Michigan’s nurse anesthetists earn a median annual salary of $169,700, while the state’s nurse midwives earn $98,850 per year and its nurse practitioners take home $88,760 annually. Top performers across all three professions can earn well into six figures, and this holds true for a range of other prominent MSN specializations.

To assist nurses interested in pursuing a master of science in nursing degree, we have put together a list of the best MSN programs in Michigan.

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Ann Arbor

Concordia University Ann Arbor
4090 Geddes Road | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Eastern Michigan University
311 Everett L. Marshall Building | Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Research Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
University of Michigan
400 North Ingalls Street | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Concordia University Ann Arbor 4090 Geddes Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Eastern Michigan University 311 Everett L. Marshall Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Research Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
University of Michigan 400 North Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Detroit metro area

Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road | Livonia, Michigan 48150
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Oakland University
433 Meadow Brook Road | Rochester, Michigan 48309
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 West McNichols Road | Detroit, Michigan 48221
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wayne State University
5557 Cass Avenue | Detroit, Michigan 48202
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Madonna University 36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Oakland University 433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy 4001 West McNichols Road
Detroit, Michigan 48221
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wayne State University 5557 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Flint

University of Michigan - Flint
303 East Kearsley Street | Flint, Michigan 48502
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
University of Michigan - Flint 303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48502
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Grand Rapids

Davenport University
6191 Kraft Avenue SE | Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Grand Valley State University
301 Michigan Street NE, Suite 300 | Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Davenport University 6191 Kraft Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Grand Valley State University 301 Michigan Street NE, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Kalamazoo / Portage area

Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue | Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Western Michigan University 1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Lansing / East Lansing area

Michigan State University
1355 Bogue Street, Room A218 | East Lansing, Michigan 48824
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Michigan State University 1355 Bogue Street, Room A218
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other Michigan cities

Andrews University
8745 University Boulevard | Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive | Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue | Marquette, Michigan 49855
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road | University Center, Michigan 48710
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Spring Arbor University
106 East Main Street | Spring Arbor, Michigan 49283
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Andrews University 8745 University Boulevard
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Ferris State University 200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northern Michigan University 1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, Michigan 49855
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Road
University Center, Michigan 48710
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Spring Arbor University 106 East Main Street
Spring Arbor, Michigan 49283
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion