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Registered nurses (RNs) can use graduate study to hone their skills in a specialized field of practice. Missouri has at least 15 colleges and universities that offer a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program. This course of study prepares candidates for advanced positions in nursing administration, nursing education, family practice nursing, and numerous other specializations.

Overview of MSN programs
Missouri has MSN providers in all major cities, including Missouri State University in Springfield and University of Missouri campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Louis. These advanced programs typically require one to three years of study, but they make take longer for part-time students. The MSN curriculum includes coursework in nursing informatics, leadership and nursing practice, advanced research methods, population health, epidemiology, pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacology. Upon completion of the MSN program, candidates may attain licensure as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in their chosen field of specialization.

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Employment market for Missouri’s APRNs
Advanced practice registered nurses enjoy the highest compensation in the nursing profession. Three of the most popular APRN roles are nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist. Missouri’s nurse midwives earn a median annual salary of $86,000, and the state’s nurse practitioners earn roughly $90,000 per year. The top quartile in either profession will make $100,000 or more annually. Missouri’s nurse anesthetists do even better: they earn a median salary of over $145,000 per year.

To help Missouri’s nurses advance their careers into leadership roles, we’ve profiled below the state’s best MSN degree programs. You’ll find them grouped by major metro area.

Featured Schools

Kansas City

Graceland University
1401 West Truman Road | Independence, Missouri 64050
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Research College of Nursing
2525 East Meyer Boulevard | Kansas City, Missouri 64132
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Missouri - Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road | Kansas City, Missouri 64110
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Graceland University 1401 West Truman Road
Independence, Missouri 64050
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Research College of Nursing 2525 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64132
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Missouri - Kansas City 5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Springfield

Cox College
1423 North Jefferson Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65802
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65897
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University
4431 South Fremont Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65804
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Cox College 1423 North Jefferson Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65802
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Missouri State University 901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University 4431 South Fremont Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65804
  • Master of Science in Nursing

St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish College
4483 Duncan Avenue | Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Maryville University
650 Maryville University Drive | Saint Louis, Missouri 63141
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Saint Louis University
One Grand Boulevard | Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri - St. Louis
One University Boulevard | Saint Louis, Missouri 63121
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue | Saint Louis, Missouri 63119
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Barnes-Jewish College 4483 Duncan Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Maryville University 650 Maryville University Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Saint Louis University One Grand Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri - St. Louis One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Webster University 470 East Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other Missouri cities

Central Methodist University
411 Central Methodist Square | Fayette, Missouri 65248
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Missouri Southern State University
3950 East Newman Road | Joplin, Missouri 64801
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive | Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza | Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
202 Administration Building | Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri - Columbia
105 Jesse Hall | Columbia, Missouri 65211
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Central Methodist University 411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Missouri Southern State University 3950 East Newman Road
Joplin, Missouri 64801
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Missouri Western State University 4525 Downs Drive
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Southeast Missouri State University One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri 202 Administration Building
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri - Columbia 105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
  • Master of Science in Nursing