Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • Ranked in the top 50 U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Graduate Schools
  • Ranked #26 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Programs 2022.
  • Nine tracks from which to choose.
  • Most courses offered in an online or hybrid format.
  • Courses taught by nationally-recognized faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in the field of nursing.

One MSN Program - Nine Tracks


Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Lead nursing and healthcare teams to improve practice within complex systems, recognizing political, institutional, social, and economic forces.
  2. Practice at the highest level of nursing, integrating ethical, legal, professional, and regulatory standards and guidelines.
  3. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences for application to selected domains of nursing practice.  
  4. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and scholarly inquiry in the pursuit of innovative approaches to improving health outcomes.  
  5. Apply evidence to problem solving at the clinical and system level to advance nursing practice and improve outcomes.  
  6. Use technology to deliver, measure, monitor, and improve clinical care delivery and enhance safe outcomes.  
  7. Engage in policy analysis, development, and advocacy to influence health at the individual, group, community, and population level.   
  8. Practice in interprofessional teams that communicate, collaborate, and consult in coordinating patient-centered care.  
  9. Incorporate the influences of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of nursing and healthcare services.
  10. 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.

Tuition (2022-2023)

  • In-state graduate nursing tuition: $625 per credit hour.
  • Out-of-state graduate nursing tuition: $1,664 per credit hour.
  • Tuition for students residing in states that participate in the Midwest Exchange Program or State Excellence Program (IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, WI): $937.50 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 or more courses in exchange for supporting a faculty member's teaching or research.
  • 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.