Master's Degree in Nursing Program (MSN)

Two nursesThe Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares nurse experts in advanced practice for role preparation as primary care providers in family (FNP) and mental health  (PMHNP) care settings. 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. Our NP programs are fully aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies for Nurse Practitioners and the APRN Consensus Model.  Upon completion of the NP programs, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center  (FNP or PMHNP) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FNP).

Both full-time and part-time study is available.

All MSN Programs are online with one campus visit each semester. 


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Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate in Nursing from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (formerly NLNAC)  or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
  • Submitted official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including score of 3.0 or higher on the analytical section;
  • Applicants to the nurse practitioner program must have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN before beginning nurse practitioner emphasis/clinical courses
  • Exceptions to the above criteria must be approved by the department Chair, the dean of the College of Nursing, and the dean of the Graduate School.
  • 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate nursing courses
  • Completed an introductory course in statistics;
  • Evidence of current unrestricted registered nurse (RN) Mississippi license;
  • Current cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate;
  • Proof of a recent health examination to include;
  1. Proof of immunization against the Hepatitis B virus
  2. Current tuberculosis (TB) skin test or quantiFERON G test
  3. Current Tdap immunization
  4. Evidence of immunity to varicella
  5. Current MMR immunization
  • Submission of three letters of reference from employers, supervisors, teachers, or others who are qualified to assess the student's academic ability and readiness for graduate study.
  • Criminal background check and drug screening


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.



Admission Application Deadlines

March 1, May 1, September 1, or November 1

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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.