Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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  • 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.
  • 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: 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.

Tuition (2021-2022)

  • In-state graduate nursing tuition: $616 per credit hour.
  • Out-of-state graduate nursing tuition: $1,632 per credit hour.
  • Tuition for students residing in states that participate in the Midwest Exchange Program (IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, WI): $924 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.