Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- 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).
- Three-year part-time program plan. A limited number of two-year full-time program plans may be offered when space is available.
- 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
- LEAD: Lead nursing and healthcare teams to improve practice within complex systems, recognizing political, institutional, social, and economic forces.
- PRACTICE: Practice at the highest level of nursing, integrating ethical, legal, professional, and regulatory standards and guidelines.
- SYNTHESIZE KNOWLEDGE: Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences for application to selected domains of nursing practice.
- INQUIRY: Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and scholarly inquiry in the pursuit of innovative approaches to improving health outcomes.
- PROBLEM SOLVING: Apply evidence to problem solving at the clinical and system level to advance nursing practice and improve outcomes.
- INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Use technology to deliver, measure, monitor, and improve clinical care delivery and enhance safe outcomes.
- APPLY EVIDENCE: Engage in policy analysis, development, and advocacy to influence health at the individual, group, community, and population level.
- COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE: Practice in interprofessional teams that communicate, collaborate, and consult in coordinating patient-centered care.
- CULTURE: Incorporate the influences of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of nursing and healthcare services.
- 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.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
- BSN degree from a 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 GPA (as listed on BSN-conferring institution transcript) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
- Active, unencumbered U.S. RN license.
- 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.
- Admission to the MSN program is competitive. Not all qualified applicants will be admitted.
- 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.
- 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.