Master's Degree in Nursing Program (MSN)

Two nursesThe Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares nurse experts in advanced practice and/or management for leadership in professional nursing practice and patient-centered healthcare delivery. The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program broadens the perspective of students by offering an innovative scientific and research based curriculum that prepares graduates for practice in today’s healthcare environment. The education program for this University of Southern Mississippi master's degree includes both didactic work and clinical practice experience. Each student completes the graduate-nursing core including evidenced based practice (research and statistics), ethics and role development, and health care policy and finance.

MSN programs require 44-47 credits during a minimum of 4 semesters of full-time study. Graduates will have completed the educational requirements for appropriate certification. Both full-time and part-time study is available.

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) may choose from several areas of concentration which include core, cognate, and focused theoretical and clinical/management courses in their selected area of study.

All MSN Programs are online. 


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Admission Requirements:

Graduated from a baccalaureate program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate nursing courses.

Submission of scores on the verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Admission to the Graduate School at USM.

Completion of an introductory course in statistics.

Submission of three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.

Proof of current unrestricted Mississippi RN license.

After acceptance into a program: Proof of Current CPR certification, Criminal Background Check and/or affidavit, hepatitis immunization, TB skin test, Tdap, drug screen.


Post Graduate Certificate

Students who have earned a master’s degree in nursing are able to enroll in post-master's coursework to complete requirements needed for nurse practitioner certification.

All students entering the nurse practitioner tracks must complete a graduate level course in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment for nurse practitioners.



Application Deadline for all MSN programs is

March 1 for Fall Admission

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The college's master's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Institution of Higher Learning in Mississippi.