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Master of Science (Nursing)

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The Department 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 in the evenings 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 2-3 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 approximately two 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. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, SU is proud to have educated many of the nursing leaders of the mid-Atlantic region, and maintains professional relationships with our nursing alumni.

The Master of Science curricula are currently undergoing substantial revision to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of the nursing profession and the health care needs of people in the region.  New options for Master's study are expected to be in place for Fall 2017 to focus on nursing education with eligibility for advanced certification.

A limited number of applications for Spring 2017 admission are currently being accepted until November 1, 2016

  • 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 or higher.
    • Current and unencumbered United States Registered Nursing (RN) license
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae
    • 1-2 page narrative 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, Department Chair, 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 Department 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: Currently under revision

    Application Materials for Master's Program:


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