12 months
1007 USD/credit 36252 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 36252 USD/year
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Prepare for nursing leadership or educational positions with the CCNE–accredited MSN program. This online Nursing master's degree program at Pennsylvania State University is designed for registered nurses who have bachelor’s degrees in nursing.


The health care landscape is constantly changing. As a nurse, you need to stay on top of the latest health practices, delivery systems, regulations, and administrative procedures. And now, with research indicating a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes, it's no longer a luxury to update your knowledge; it's a necessity. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Pennsylvania State University can prepare you for leadership and educational positions by helping you stay at the forefront of this dynamic industry.

The core curriculum of the online MSN program covers the principles of health care policy and the leadership skills needed to influence positive changes in health care in organizations and on a national, state, or local level. While studying the relationships between practice and research in the development of nursing science, you can also learn about the health care system from global, health policy, and economic perspectives. You will cover complex issues and trends specific to nursing, as well as in the broader context of the health care industry, in order to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities throughout society.


Steady job growth is expected in health care for the next several years. As a graduate of the MSN degree program, you could be qualified for many career opportunities in hospitals, outpatient clinics, community care facilities, mental health and substance abuse hospitals, home health agencies, colleges/universities, and even business. Depending on the program option you choose, positions could include:

  • nurse administrator
  • nurse manager
  • nurse executive
  • chief nursing officer
  • vice president of patient care
  • director of quality improvement
  • health care consultant
  • director of nurse education/learning
  • nursing instructor/faculty
  • patient educator
  • staff developer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Educator Role
  • Administration in Higher Education
  • Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Administrator Role
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Nursing Education Theories and Strategies
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Pharmacologic Therapy

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH



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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Grades of B or better in all sciences and nursing courses
  • College chemistry and statistics (NOTE: Chemistry is not required for those applying to the Nurse Administrator option.)
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • The program prefers an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3.
  • English Proficiency
  • References (2)
  • Personal Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


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