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The master of science in nursing (MSN) is a graduate degree program that trains students for specialty careers in advanced practice nursing. Unlike more general associate’s and bachelor's degree programs, MSN programs enable students to narrow the focus of their studies and specialize. Students can choose to focus on nursing administration, nursing education, adult health, public health, community nursing, or a number of other subfields.

There are MSN programs for existing nurses to advance their careers, as well as direct-entry programs for those new to nursing. Direct-entry MSN programs often have prerequisites. One general prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree, and applicants typically must provide results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Other prerequisites vary depending on the nature of the program. The master’s program at the University of Minnesota, for example, requires applicants to have completed various science courses in advance.

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Some of the most common types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists. Based on the annual median salaries for those three specializations, MSN degree-holders can expect to earn between $95,000 and $150,000 per year in Minnesota. Nurse anesthetists are the most well compensated specialization, followed by nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. There are a number of large healthcare employers in Minnesota, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, actively hiring APRNs.

If you’re interested in learning more about MSN programs, whether you are a current RN or looking to switch careers, we've compiled the below list of the top MSN programs in Minnesota.

Twin Cities metro area

Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Programs offered: Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
St Catherine University - Saint Paul
2004 Randolph Avenue | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Pediatric Nursing
University of Minnesota
100 Church Street SE | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science

Other Minnesota cities

Mayo School of Health Sciences
200 First Street SW | Rochester, Minnesota 55905
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
Minnesota State University, Mankato
South Road & Ellis Avenue | Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Science; Master's in Nursing Education
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
1104 Seventh Avenue South | Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights | Winona, Minnesota 55987
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
The College of Saint Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue | Duluth, Minnesota 55811
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Geriatric Nursing
Winona State University
Eighth & Johnson Streets | Winona, Minnesota 55987
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education
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