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A master of science in nursing (MSN) program enables a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree to enter a specialized practice field like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or nursed practitioner. MSN degrees are offered at roughly 40 colleges and universities throughout the state of Pennsylvania, including prestigious institutions like York College of Pennsylvania, University of Scranton, and University of Pennsylvania. MSN candidates may choose to focus their studies on a broad range of nursing topics, including nursing administration, family practice nursing, nursing research, adult health nursing, pediatric nursing, public health and community nursing, or emergency room and trauma nursing.

An MSN program equips its students with extensive training and experience through both classroom study and clinical work. Certain institutions, such as University of Pennsylvania, offer minor programs to accompany the MSN degree. This enables candidates to gain additional certification in critical areas like adult oncology, palliative care, and health informatics.

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Nurses who successfully complete an MSN program are rewarded handsomely in the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania’s nurse midwives earn an average yearly income of $82,830, while nurse practitioners earn $86,840 per year. The state’s nurse anesthetists do even better, receiving a median annual salary of $160,460. Pennsylvania currently employs about 5,000 nurses across these three professions, with significant room for growth in this sector.

If you’re interested in the intellectual challenge and career enhancement offered by an MSN degree, please find below a list of programs throughout Pennsylvania. We have organized them by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Allentown / Bethlehem area

Cedar Crest College
100 College Drive | Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue | Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Moravian College
1200 Main Street | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Cedar Crest College 100 College Drive
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Moravian College 1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Erie

Edinboro University
219 Meadville Street | Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gannon University
109 West Sixth Street | Erie, Pennsylvania 16541
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gannon University 109 West Sixth Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16541
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Harrisburg

Messiah College
One College Avenue | Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Widener University - Harrisburg
3800 Vartan Way | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Messiah College One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Widener University - Harrisburg 3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Lancaster

Millersville University
One South George Street | Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
410 North Lime Street | Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Millersville University One South George Street
Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences 410 North Lime Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Philadelphia metro area

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gwynedd Mercy University
1325 Sumneytown Pike | Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Avenue | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Immaculata University
1145 King Road | Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Jefferson College of Nursing
1020 Walnut Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Master of Science in Nursing
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Neumann University
One Neumann Drive | Aston, Pennsylvania 19014
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Temple University
1801 North Broad Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
34th & Spruce Streets | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue | Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
West Chester University
University Avenue & High Street | West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Widener University
One University Place | Chester, Pennsylvania 19013
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Drexel University 3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gwynedd Mercy University 1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Holy Family University 9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Immaculata University 1145 King Road
Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Jefferson College of Nursing 1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Master of Science in Nursing
La Salle University 1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Neumann University One Neumann Drive
Aston, Pennsylvania 19014
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Temple University 1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Pennsylvania 34th & Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Villanova University 800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
West Chester University University Avenue & High Street
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Widener University One University Place
Chester, Pennsylvania 19013
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Pittsburgh

California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Avenue | California, Pennsylvania 15419
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Carlow University
3333 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Chatham University
One Woodland Road | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
La Roche College
9000 Babcock Boulevard | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard | Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road | Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650
  • Master of Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia
University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
California University of Pennsylvania 250 University Avenue
California, Pennsylvania 15419
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Carlow University 3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Chatham University One Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Duquesne University 600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
La Roche College 9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Robert Morris University 6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Vincent College 300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650
  • Master of Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia
University of Pittsburgh 4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Reading

Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine Street | Reading, Pennsylvania 19607
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Alvernia University 400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19607
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area

Marywood University
2300 Adams Avenue | Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Misericordia University
301 Lake Street | Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Scranton
800 Linden Street | Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wilkes University
84 West South Street | Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18766
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Marywood University 2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Misericordia University 301 Lake Street
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Scranton 800 Linden Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wilkes University 84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18766
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

York

York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road | York, Pennsylvania 17403
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
York College of Pennsylvania 441 Country Club Road
York, Pennsylvania 17403
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other Pennsylvania cities

Bloomsburg University
400 East Second Street | Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Clarion University
1801 West First Street | Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1011 South Drive | Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Mansfield University
71 South Academy Street | Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pennsylvania State University
201 Old Main Street | University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Waynesburg University
51 West College Street | Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Avenue | Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Bloomsburg University 400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Clarion University 1801 West First Street
Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1011 South Drive
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Mansfield University 71 South Academy Street
Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pennsylvania State University 201 Old Main Street
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Waynesburg University 51 West College Street
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wilson College 1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion