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A master of science in nursing (MSN) program offers registered nurses (RNs) the opportunity to further their careers in specialized fields like nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing. The master’s degree program typically requires two to three years of full-time study. It builds upon the knowledge and skills a registered nurse has gained through baccalaureate education and the workplace.

An MSN program enables students to develop expertise in a particular nursing field, such as providing care for prematurely born babies, running a hospital, or researching the socioeconomic influences of healthcare. Typically, nurses who pursue an MSN focus on one of three advanced practice areas: nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist. In South Carolina, these advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) make up only a small fraction, around two percent, of the total nursing workforce. Thus, APRNs are valuable commodities and eligible for very competitive pay. For example, South Carolina’s 1,240 nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $85,130, while its 40 nurse midwifes take home $83,130 annually. The state’s 570 nurse anesthetists do even better, earning a whopping $152,240 per year.

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To help South Carolina’s nurses achieve specialized knowledge and enhanced career prospects, we have assembled below a detailed list of the state’s best MSN programs.

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Charleston

Charleston Southern University
9200 University Boulevard | Charleston, South Carolina 29406
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Medical University of South Carolina
179 Ashley Avenue | Charleston, South Carolina 29425
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Charleston Southern University 9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, South Carolina 29406
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Medical University of South Carolina 179 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Columbia

University of South Carolina
902 Sumter Street | Columbia, South Carolina 29208
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of South Carolina 902 Sumter Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Greenville

Anderson University
316 Boulevard | Anderson, South Carolina 29621
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall | Clemson, South Carolina 29634
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Anderson University 316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Clemson University 201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Spartanburg

University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way | Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of South Carolina Upstate 800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other South Carolina cities

Francis Marion University
4822 East Palmetto Street | Florence, South Carolina 29506
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Lander University
320 Stanley Avenue | Greenwood, South Carolina 29649
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Francis Marion University 4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence, South Carolina 29506
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Lander University 320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing