Master's in nursing online

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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*This program is not currently accepting applications.

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Aurora University is designed for nurses who wish to advance into leadership roles in the health care field. The program offers two areas of concentration: the administration track and the nurse educator track.

Both programs offer a rigorous foundation of nursing classes, covering topics from policy and scientific inquiry to advanced clinical practice. Administration courses include the study of organizational theory, the business of health care and human resources. The nurse educator concentration centers around curriculum development, assessment and issues in nursing education.

Accessibly offered in an flexible five and eight-week format, Aurora University’s online MSN program fits seamlessly into your busy schedule.

Program Requirements

Students complete 36 semester hours, including 22 semester hours of foundation courses, a three-semester-hour master’s thesis or research project, and 10 semester hours of courses within the administration or nurse educator track.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted year-round. To be admitted, you must:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Undergraduate curriculum must include three semester hours in statistics, research and physical assessment
  • Have a current RN license to practice in the state of Illinois or Wisconsin
  • Submit a curriculum vitae or detailed resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional or academic abilities
  • Submit a 750-1,000 word essay describing why you wish to pursue a graduate nursing degree, addressing the six questions below:
    • What most interests you about pursuing an MSN at Aurora University?
    • What are your professional goals five years after you obtain your MSN? Reflect upon the things that are most important for you to achieve.
    • Explain what it means to demonstrate professionalism in nursing and how your value system and work ethic express your professionalism in your work every day.
    • How have your clinical and educational experiences shaped who you are as a nurse?
    • How do you believe obtaining an MSN will affect your professional expectations of yourself and others?
    • Why do you think you are ready to pursue graduate education at this time?
    • Students with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Course Details

Core Courses

NUR5110 Theoretical Foundations in Advanced Role Development – 3 hours
NUR5120 Ethical Principles and Global Social Considerations – 3 hours
NUR5125 Health Care Policy and Financing – 3 hours
NUR5130 Scientific Inquiry and Research – 3 hours
NUR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment – 4 hours
NUR5150 Nursing Informatics – 3 hours
NUR6170 Leadership and Professional Role Development – 3 hours
NUR6300 Master’s Project or Thesis Research – 4 hours

Administration Track Courses

NUR6190 Application of Organizational Theory in Healthcare – 3 hours
NUR6191 The Business of Healthcare and Human Resources Management – 3 hours
NUR6210 Practicum: Role Concentration (135 hours) – 4 hours

Nurse Educator Track Courses

NUR6180 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education – 3 hours
NUR6181 Curriculum Development and Assessment – 3 hours
NUR6210 Practicum: Role Concentration (135 hours) – 4 hours

Required Residency

Online MSN students are required to complete a one-day residency or on-campus visit during NUR 6210 Practicum: Role Concentration Administration or Education. During the one-day residency, the student will present his/her project developed during the practicum course. In addition, the student will be informed of the process required for the completion of the final course, NUR 6300 Master’s Thesis or Research Project. The timing and location of the residency will depend upon the location of the students in that course.

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

*** All MSN coursework must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in NUR 6300. 

Transfer Credit

You may apply a maximum of six semester hours of graduate transfer credit toward your MSN at Aurora University Online. Credit will be applied at the discretion of the School of Nursing and must be transferred prior to enrollment in the MSN program.


Health care employment is expected to skyrocket in the foreseeable future. Now is the time to advance your studies and move ahead in this lucrative field. After graduation and depending on your concentration area, you will be prepared and qualified to transition into a role as a nursing administrator, health educator or nursing instructor.

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