MSN – Education and Leadership Tracks

  • Ranked in the top 50 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools 2021
  • Ranked in the top 50 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Programs 2020
  • Nine tracks from which to choose
  • Distance-accessible options (within Indiana)
  • Two-year full-time or three-year part-time program plan
  • Post-MSN certificates available in each CNS and NP track
  • Teaching in Nursing graduate certificate option
  • Courses taught by nationally-recognized faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in the field of nursing

One MSN Program - Nine Tracks

*Distance accessible track - clinical hours must be completed within Indiana.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. LEAD: Lead nursing and healthcare teams to improve practice within complex systems, recognizing political, institutional, social, and economic forces.
  2. PRACTICE: Practice at the highest level of nursing, integrating ethical, legal, professional, and regulatory standards and guidelines.
  3. SYNTHESIZE KNOWLEDGE: Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences for application to selected domains of nursing practice.
  4. INQUIRY: Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and scholarly inquiry in the pursuit of innovative approaches to improving health outcomes.
  5. PROBLEM SOLVING: Apply evidence to problem solving at the clinical and system level to advance nursing practice and improve outcomes.
  6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Use technology to deliver, measure, monitor, and improve clinical care delivery and enhance safe outcomes.
  7. APPLY EVIDENCE: Engage in policy analysis, development, and advocacy to influence health at the individual, group, community, and population level.
  8. COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE: Practice in interprofessional teams that communicate, collaborate, and consult in coordinating patient-centered care.;
  9. CULTURE: Incorporate the influences of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of nursing and healthcare services.
  10. LEARNER: Recognize the value of being a lifelong learner who is committed to personal professional growth, the development of the profession, and the health of the public.

Admission Criteria

  • BSN degree from a CNEA, CCNE, or ACEN accredited program.
    • Applicants who completed their nursing degree in a foreign country must have the equivalent of a BSN as evaluated by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.
    • Applicants who are in the process of completing their BSN degree may apply as long as the degree will be earned prior to the semester for which they are applying.
  • BSN degree GPA (as listed on BSN-conferring institution transcript) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • Active, unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 United States.
    • New or soon-to-be BSN graduates may apply prior to receiving their license as long as it will be earned by the start of their second semester of enrollment in the MSN program.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to use computer technologies to communicate.
  • The GRE is not required.


  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course with a grade of B- or better.
  • Course may be completed at any accredited college or university. 
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • Course may be any level (100-400), although 300 or higher is recommended.
  • There is no time limit on when the course was completed.
  • You may apply without having met the prerequisite, but it must be completed prior to beginning the MSN program.

Tuition (2020-2021)

  • In-state graduate nursing tuition: $607 per credit hour.
  • Out-of-state graduate nursing tuition: $1,600 per credit hour.
  • Tuition for students residing in states that participate in the Midwest Exchange Program (IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, WI): $910.50 per credit hour.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • IUSON awards over $700,000 in scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students. Students are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible via a single application (available following admission to the program).
  • IUSON participates in the federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program, which provides up to 85% loan forgiveness for graduates who teach full-time in accredited schools of nursing for up to four years following graduation from the Nursing Education MSN track, or another MSN track plus the Teaching in Nursing certificate.
  • Research and teaching assistantships are offered each semester that provide selected students with tuition remission for one course in exchange for four hours per week of work with a faculty member.
  • Degree-seeking MSN students enrolled in at least four credit hours per semester are eligible for federal direct student loans (up to $20,500 annually). Please note that students completing the Post-MSN certificate option are not eligible for federal financial aid at this time.
  • Many employers offer a tuition benefit - check with your Human Resources department for details.

Please review the technology requirements for online and distance-accessible graduate study. They include hardware/network requirements & software and distance accessible videoconferencing.