Western Carolina University

24 months
20448 USD/year
20448 USD/year
10040 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Western Carolina University’s Master of Science in Nursing offers three concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Leadership and Nurse Educator.  WCU also offers a DNP in Nurse Anesthesia.


Nurses are a critical part of the health care industry and a career in the nursing field will give you the chance find employment in your hometown or almost anywhere around the world. The nursing field is highly specialized and has a variety of ways for you to utilize your skills in an area you are passionate about.

Western Carolina University's three distinct M.S. Nursing concentrations adhere to very specific and intentional curricula to provide you with the training needed to enter the workforce, or continue to further graduate studies and certifications. The Family Nurse Practitioner program requires 51 to 52-semester hours (depending on thesis option) of classroom learning and 640 hours of clinical work covering advanced concepts in scientific inquiry and information literacy. The Nurse Leadership concentration is a 40 to 41-semester hour (depending on thesis option) program combining online and in-person practicum courses. The Nurse Educator concentration is a 38 to 39-semester hour (depending on thesis option), three-year program combining classroom learning, research methods and practicum learning.

WCU also offers a DNP in Nurse Anesthesia. The Nurse Anesthesia program is an 86-semester hour, 36-month, full-time program. It is a combination of classroom learning at Biltmore Park in Asheville and on-site clinical studies that includes weekend rotations.

Programme Structure

Nursing curriculum include:

  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Roles and Professional Issues
  • Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Research for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Economics and Organization of Health Care
  • Research Project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Degree Requirements: Applicants for admission to the Graduate School are expected to hold a bachelor’s-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time they begin their program of study
  • GPA Requirement: To qualify for Regular Admission, a student must have earned an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work OR 2.85 on a 4.0 scale cumulatively
  • Transcripts: At the time of application, all degree-seeking applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree may be offered regular or conditional admission

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20448 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10224 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    20448 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10224 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    10040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5020 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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