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A master of science in nursing (MSN) can open the door to some of the highest paying nursing roles today. Nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, and nurse educator are just a few. Because of the tremendous demands associated these roles, hospitals, outpatient centers, and educational services are willing to pay six figures or more to qualified candidates. For example, nurse practitioners working in state, local, and private hospitals averaged $114,630 in 2016, while those working in outpatient care centers earned $107,090. At a notable $175,170, high performers earned even more.

Thanks to the demand for qualified professionals in advanced nursing roles, many schools offer accredited online programs leading to an MSN in a range of specialty areas. For example, American Public University System’s MSN program has nurse leader and nurse educator specializations, while Grantham University offers nursing management and organizational leadership, and nursing case. Other accredited schools with an online MSN include South University, Baker College, West Coast University, Brookline College, and Colorado Technical University.

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Because MSN programs are demanding and specializations are often limited enrollment, admission is highly competitive. At the minimum, most programs require a statement of purpose that clearly indicates your career goals and specialty area, a 3.0 GPA or higher, a satisfactory GRE score, several letters of professional reference, and a degree (preferably in nursing) from an accredited school. A typical MSN program takes between 18 and 24 months to complete, full-time, with no breaks.

If you are ready to take your nursing career to the next level, enroll in an MSN program today. We’ve compiled below a list of accredited schools with an online master of science in nursing to help you get started.

Featured Schools

Online MSN programs

American National University
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Informaticist
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
American Public University System
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Leader
Baker College Online
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Brookline College
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Health Systems Administration
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
California Southern University
  • MSN: Healthcare Administration
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Executive Leader
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Capella University
  • MSN: Care Coordination
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Healthcare Policy
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Executive
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Colorado Technical University
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Excelsior College
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Grand Canyon University
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Health Care Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • MSN: Public Health
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Grantham University
  • MSN: Nursing Case Management
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Independence University
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
Kaplan University
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Executive Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
National American University
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Education
Rasmussen College
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
South University
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
SUNY Empire State College
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
University of Phoenix
  • MSN: Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Walden University
  • MSN: Adult / Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Leadership and Management
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Public Health Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
West Coast University
  • MSN: Advanced Generalist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Informatics
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Leader
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University
  • MSN: Education
  • MSN: Leadership and Management
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Type Programs offered
American National University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Informaticist
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
American Public University System Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Leader
Baker College Online Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Brookline College Private for-profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Health Systems Administration
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
California Southern University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Healthcare Administration
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Executive Leader
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Capella University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Care Coordination
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing Private for-profit
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Healthcare Policy
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Executive
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Colorado Technical University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
Excelsior College Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Grand Canyon University Private for-profit
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Health Care Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • MSN: Public Health
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Grantham University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Case Management
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
Independence University Private for-profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
Kaplan University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Executive Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
National American University Private for-profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Education
Rasmussen College Private for-profit
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Administration
South University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Administrator
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
SUNY Empire State College Public
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
University of Phoenix Private for-profit
  • MSN: Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Walden University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Adult / Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Leadership and Management
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Public Health Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
West Coast University Private for-profit
  • MSN: Advanced Generalist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Informatics
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nurse Leader
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • MSN: Education
  • MSN: Leadership and Management
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion