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Are you a working nurse interested in further specialization? Or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree-holder who is interested in becoming a nurse? If you answered either of these questions “yes,” then the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree is the program for you.

MSN programs are aimed at two main demographics: nurses seeking advancement in a specialization like family practice, midwifery, anesthesia, or administration; and mid-career switchers into the nursing field. In both cases, MSN programs prepare students for licensure in their elected specialty. A direct-entry MSN program for career switchers also prepares candidates for the initial licensure requirements of the NCLEX-RN.

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While MSN programs promise autonomy and complex challenges for nurses who specialize, they also carry significant salary enhancement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the specialist roles of nurse midwife and nurse practitioner earn a statewide median salary of $102,560 and $103,460, respectively. Statewide statistics are not available for nurse anesthetists, the highest-paid specialist role, but this position typically earns an additional $20,000-50,000 annually.

MSN degree-holders can seek employment at New Jersey’s premier healthcare providers, including Saint Michael’s Medical Center, the Princeton HealthCare System, and Hunterdon Health Care. In addition, there are positions available at local colleges and universities for those who choose to parlay an MSN degree into a nurse education career.

Interested in learning more about New Jersey’s MSN programs? You can start your search below with our list of relevant schools in each of the state’s major cities.

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Atlantic City

Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive | Galloway, New Jersey 08205
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Stockton University 101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, New Jersey 08205
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
406 Penn Street | Camden, New Jersey 08102
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden 406 Penn Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Edison / New Brunswick area

Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue | West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Monmouth University 400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

New York City suburbs

Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road | Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Felician University
262 South Main Street | Lodi, New Jersey 07644
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road | Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Peter's University
2641 Kennedy Boulevard | Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road | Wayne, New Jersey 07470
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Fairleigh Dickinson University 1000 River Road
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Felician University 262 South Main Street
Lodi, New Jersey 07644
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Ramapo College of New Jersey 505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Peter's University 2641 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
William Paterson University 300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Newark

College of Saint Elizabeth
Two Convent Road | Morristown, New Jersey 07960
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue | Union, New Jersey 07083
  • MSN: Clinical Management with a Transcultural Focus
  • MSN: Community Health Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall | Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue | South Orange, New Jersey 07079
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
College of Saint Elizabeth Two Convent Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue
Union, New Jersey 07083
  • MSN: Clinical Management with a Transcultural Focus
  • MSN: Community Health Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall
Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Seton Hall University 400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Trenton

The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road | Ewing, New Jersey 08628
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street | Trenton, New Jersey 08608
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
The College of New Jersey 2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08628
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Thomas Edison State University 111 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion