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A master of science in nursing (MSN) is one of the best degree options for professional nurses looking to advance their careers. While a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree can certainly open some doors on its own, an MSN is preferred by hospitals, universities, and other medical facilities seeking skilled administrators, educators, and managers. Top colleges and universities typically offer the best MSN programs, and they usually require 18-24 months to complete.

MSN graduates will have access to a wide variety of job opportunities. The most popular specializations include nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, and nursing home administrator. Graduates can expect an outstanding employment outlook for these positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expected employment growth for the 2012-2022 decade is 21% for nurse managers and administrators and 31% for nurse anesthetists, midwives, and practitioners.

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MSN-educated nurses also carry outsized earnings potential. The average annual salary for nurse managers and administrators is $88,500 nationwide and an impressive $118,020 in the state of New York. The average annual salary for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and nurse anesthetists as a group is $96,460 nationwide. In New York, the earnings power of these roles increases to $97,750 per year for nurse midwives, $100,420 per year for nurse practitioners, and $168,150 per year for nurse anesthetists.

Below is a list of accredited New York schools that offer some of the state’s best master of science in nursing degree programs. For your convenience, we’ve organized them by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14201
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Daemen College
4380 Main Street | Amherst, New York 14226
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University at Buffalo
12 Capen Hall | Buffalo, New York 14260
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
D'Youville College 320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14201
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Daemen College 4380 Main Street
Amherst, New York 14226
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University at Buffalo 12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Capital District

Albany Medical College
47 New Scotland Avenue | Albany, New York 12208
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesiology
The Sage Colleges
65 First Street | Troy, New York 12180
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Albany Medical College 47 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesiology
The Sage Colleges 65 First Street
Troy, New York 12180
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Hudson Valley

College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place | New Rochelle, New York 10805
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Dominican College
470 Western Highway | Orangeburg, New York 10962
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Mercy College
555 Broadway | Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue | Newburgh, New York 12550
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pace University
861 Bedford Road | Pleasantville, New York 10570
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
College of New Rochelle 29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, New York 10805
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Dominican College 470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, New York 10962
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Mercy College 555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mount Saint Mary College 330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, New York 12550
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pace University 861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York 10570
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Long Island

Adelphi University
One South Avenue | Garden City, New York 11530
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard | Brookville, New York 11548
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue | Rockville Centre, New York 11571
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
St. Joseph's College - Long Island
155 West Roe Boulevard | Patchogue, New York 11772
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Stony Brook University
310 Administration Building | Stony Brook, New York 11794
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Adelphi University One South Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
LIU Post 720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, New York 11548
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Molloy College 1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, New York 11571
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
St. Joseph's College - Long Island 155 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, New York 11772
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Stony Brook University 310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, New York 11794
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Mohawk Valley

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
100 Seymour Road | Utica, New York 13502
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
SUNY Polytechnic Institute 100 Seymour Road
Utica, New York 13502
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing

New York City: The Bronx

College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue | Bronx, New York 10471
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West | Bronx, New York 10468
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
College of Mount Saint Vincent 6301 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, New York 10471
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, New York 10468
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

New York City: Brooklyn

LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza | Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
245 Clinton Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11205
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11203
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
LIU Brooklyn One University Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn 245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
SUNY Downstate Medical Center 450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203
  • Master of Science in Nursing

New York City: Manhattan

Columbia University
West 116th Street & Broadway | New York, New York 10027
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue | New York, New York 10065
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
New York University
70 Washington Square South | New York, New York 10012
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pace University - New York City
One Pace Plaza | New York, New York 10038
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Teachers College at Columbia University
525 West 120th Street | New York, New York 10027
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Columbia University West 116th Street & Broadway
New York, New York 10027
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Hunter College 695 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
New York University 70 Washington Square South
New York, New York 10012
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pace University - New York City One Pace Plaza
New York, New York 10038
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Teachers College at Columbia University 525 West 120th Street
New York, New York 10027
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing

New York City: Staten Island

College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard | Staten Island, New York 10314
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wagner College
One Campus Road | Staten Island, New York 10301
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wagner College One Campus Road
Staten Island, New York 10301
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Rochester

Keuka College
141 Central Avenue | Keuka Park, New York 14478
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue | Rochester, New York 14618
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive | Rochester, New York 14624
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue | Rochester, New York 14618
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Rochester
500 Joseph C Wilson Boulevard | Rochester, New York 14627
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Keuka College 141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, New York 14478
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nazareth College 4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Roberts Wesleyan College 2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, New York 14624
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. John Fisher College 3690 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Rochester 500 Joseph C Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14627
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Syracuse

Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road | Syracuse, New York 13214
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street | Syracuse, New York 13210
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Le Moyne College 1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, New York 13214
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Upstate Medical University 750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, New York 13210
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other New York cities

Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East | Binghamton, New York 13902
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
SUNY Delhi
Two Main Street | Delhi, New York 13753
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
School Address Programs offered
Binghamton University 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, New York 13902
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
SUNY Delhi Two Main Street
Delhi, New York 13753
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education