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Master of Science (Nursing)

The School of Nursing at Salisbury University provides a rigorous, science-based program to prepare graduates with advanced skills who wish to become nurse educators or move into leadership/management positions.

Taught by distinguished full-time faculty who practice what they teach, most classes are offered using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning strategies.  Although occasional face-to-face classes on campus are required, they are generally limited to 1-2 per semester.  Close student-faculty working relationships are fostered through a highly interactive learning environment. Faculty advisors assist each student with designing a personalized progression plan, incorporating learning experiences that are consistent with individual interests and learning goals.

Full-time students can earn their degree in two to three years, and part-time study options are available as well.  Graduates of Salisbury University’s Master’s program are in demand and valued for their expertise and professional contributions. They are also well-prepared for doctoral study.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, SU is proud to have taught many of the nursing educators and leaders in the mid-Atlantic region.

MS Nurse Educator

Designed for those interested in teaching in an academic setting or health care organization, this 39 credit option includes coursework in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, advanced health assessment, quantitative research, qualitative research, applied research, and epidemiology. Specialized courses in educational theory, curriculum development/program evaluation, and instructional technology/teaching strategies are also included. Two practicum experiences, one focused on advanced nursing practice (200 hours) and one focused on nursing education (200 hours) provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts. A final scholarly project is also required.

Graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Education examination.

MS Health Care Leadership

This 36 credit course of study prepares students for positions in leadership and management within health care organizations. Core courses include epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research, and applied statistics Specialized courses include health care systems, informatics, health care management, and health care leadership. Students also select one graduate-level elective. Two practicum experiences, one focused on health care leadership (126 hours) and one focused on health care management (126 hours) provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts. A final scholarly project is also required.  

Graduates may be eligible to take the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice examination. 

Applications for Fall 2018 admission are currently being accepted until March 30, 2018.

Master's Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program requires acceptance to the University for graduate study, as well as acceptance into the Master of Science (Nursing) Program. Admission to the program is a competitive process, and the following required items will be considered as the final applicant selections are made.

  • BS in Nursing from a nationally accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher.
  • Current and unencumbered United States Registered Nursing (RN) license
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • 500-1000 word statement describing academic and professional goals
  • Two academic or professional references/letters of recommendation
  • Residency/Domicile Information form (for those students applying for in-state tuition)
  • Documents required of international students: Please consult the Center for International Education at
  • International Students: Proficiency in spoken and written English with the following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination, 79 on the internet-based examination

All M.S. degree applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Program Director or members of the Graduate Program Committee.  Clinical experience is not required but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

Enrollment Requirements:

After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses, students must:

  1. Meet all School of Nursing health requirements.
  2. Provide evidence of current CPR certification, and evidence of current RN license in Maryland or state where you are practicing.
  3. Provide a 2x2" passport photo for their permanent department file.

Graduate Nursing Curriculum Guides:

MS Nurse Educator Curriculum Guide

MS Health Care Leadership Curriculum Guide

Application Materials for Master's Program:


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