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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.

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Twin Cities metro area

Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Avenue | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
St. Catherine University - St. Paul
2004 Randolph Avenue | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Minnesota
100 Church Street SE | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Augsburg University 2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Bethel University 3900 Bethel Drive
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan State University 700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
St. Catherine University - St. Paul 2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Minnesota 100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other Minnesota cities

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
200 First Street SW | Rochester, Minnesota 55905
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 Seventh Avenue South | Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Minnesota State University, Mankato
South Road & Ellis Avenue | Mankato, Minnesota 56001
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights | Winona, Minnesota 55987
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Winona State University
Eighth & Johnson Streets | Winona, Minnesota 55987
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences 200 First Street SW
Rochester, Minnesota 55905
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
Minnesota State University Moorhead 1104 Seventh Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Minnesota State University, Mankato South Road & Ellis Avenue
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 700 Terrace Heights
Winona, Minnesota 55987
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Winona State University Eighth & Johnson Streets
Winona, Minnesota 55987
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion