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Nursing, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #84 (WUR) East Lansing, MI, United States
The Master of Science in Nursing degree at Michigan State University prepares graduates for roles that reflect current, emerging and expanding roles of nurses as providers and educators. 


The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Michigan State University consists of three concentrations. The first concentration, Nurse Practitioner, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses as nurse practitioners. Within this concentration, there are two areas of study: adult/gerontology, and family.

Learning outcomes

A second concentration, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Education, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses specialized in acute care adult-gerontology practice and adult education who also have preparation as an educator. A third concentration, Nurse Anesthesia, prepares advanced practice nurses who will use specialized skills and knowledge in the administration of anesthesia and pain management agents.

Nurse Practitioners, as advanced practice nurses, are in direct-care provider's role, use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings. The nurse practitioner curriculum prepares nurses to function interdependently with other health care providers to provide primary care.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistics for the Healthcare Professional
  • Research for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Health Care Policy and Politics
  • Theoretical Foundations and Role Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Health Assessment of the Family
  • Primary Care Management of the Family 
  • Primary Care Management of the Family 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must have:

  • Submitted a university application for admission and a curriculum vita.
  • Completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia concentration must have completed the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination within the last five years.
  • Submitted a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice.
  • Completed an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27792 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27792 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    14144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14144 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for East Lansing

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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