Master On Campus


The University of Iowa

24 months
37518 USD/year
37518 USD/year
18989 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Nursing at The University of Iowa.


The Master of Science in Nursing, offered by The University of Iowa, requires a minimum of 39 s.h. of graduate credit. The program has a clinical nurse leader focus. It is designed to build on general and professional baccalaureate study.

The M.S.N. curriculum consists of a core component of 21 s.h., which students take with College of Nursing doctoral students, and a specialization component of 18 s.h. that centers on the clinical nurse leader role.

Career Development

  • Students who constantly envision new ways to create change or innovate to improve health care delivery or nursing practice can thrive in a M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role. 
  • The program prepares the CNL with the necessary knowledge and skills to make a difference both in a microsystem or a changing work environment. Upon graduation, CNL students are eligible for the certification exam.
  • The M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Leader provides students with eight essential roles to ensure job flexibility, including clinician, educator, advocate, outcomes manager, information manager, systems analyst, a role as a member of the profession, and with outcomes-based skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evaluating Evidence for Practice
  • Quality and Safety
  • Clinical Education in the Care Environment
  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology I for the Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Leadership in the Microsystem
  • Applied Epidemiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Supplemental Information form
  • Resume
  • Copy of RN license
  • Statement of Disclosure
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37518 USD/year
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  • National

    37518 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37518 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18989 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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