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.

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.

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 University
1200 Main Street | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
  • MSN / MBA Dual Degree
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
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 University 1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
  • MSN / MBA Dual Degree
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator

Erie

Edinboro University
219 Meadville Street | Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gannon University
109 University Square | Erie, Pennsylvania 16541
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street | Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Integrative Nursing Leadership
School Address Programs offered
Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gannon University 109 University Square
Erie, Pennsylvania 16541
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mercyhurst University 501 East 38th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Integrative Nursing Leadership

Harrisburg

Messiah University
One University Avenue | Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Messiah University One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Lancaster

Millersville University
One South George Street | Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
850 Greenfield Road | Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
  • 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 850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Philadelphia metro area

Drexel University
1601 Cherry Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
  • 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 West King Road | Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
1316 West Ontario Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Thomas Jefferson University
901 Walnut Street, Eighth Floor | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Community Systems Administration
  • MSN: Community Systems Administration and Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Community Systems Administration and Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner
University of Pennsylvania
418 Curie Boulevard | 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
930 East Lincoln Highway, Suite 100 | Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
  • 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 1601 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
  • 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 West King Road
Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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 1316 West Ontario Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Thomas Jefferson University 901 Walnut Street, Eighth Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Community Systems Administration
  • MSN: Community Systems Administration and Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Community Systems Administration and Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner
University of Pennsylvania 418 Curie Boulevard
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 930 East Lincoln Highway, Suite 100
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
  • 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 University
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
3500 Victoria Street | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
  • 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 University 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 3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
  • 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 Nursing Sciences Building | University Park, Pennsylvania 16803
  • 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 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16803
  • 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
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