Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Online Degree Program

Master of Science in Nursing

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Advance in Your Nursing Career with our Master’s Degree in Nursing

Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree will provide you with the critical nursing skills necessary for advanced clinical practice, teaching, and research. As medical advancements occur every day, you need a degree that is innovative and up-to-date with the latest industry expectations. You will receive that specialized training with our MSN degree.

The MSN can be completed 100% online and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education. Our nursing program also has program-specific accreditations.

Why Liberty's MSN Degree?

Our Master’s Degree in Nursing is an industry leader in online MSN programs, taught by nursing professionals with real-world experience and ranked by in their 2018 list of Top Online Colleges for Value and Affordability.

Our MSN is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without the worry of having to take courses on a campus. Each of our MSN degree cognates are designed to equip you with the tools and skills essential for the foundational learning in areas you are passionate about, all necessary to thrive nursing-related fields. You can choose from three different areas of study including Nursing Administration, Nursing Education or Nursing Informatics. 

Other highlights of our Master’s degree in Nursing include:

  • Earning your MSN degree from a non-profit university whose online programs are ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility sets you apart from others in the nursing field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • This program is CCNE accredited.
  • Students are able to complete the MSN degree in about two years.
  • Networking opportunities with other nursing leaders in the program from around the country.

Explore our dual degrees at the master’s level in nursing:

What are the Benefits of an online Master’s Degree in Nursing?

  • Increased job opportunities
  • Meet employer requirements with an MSN degree
  • Students are able to specialize in multiple key areas of nursing.
  • Opportunities for increased salary and position. 


MSN Online Degree Requirements

  • A background check will be conducted every 6 months until the Online Masters in Nursing is completed.

  • NURS 210 and MATH 201 are undergraduate prerequisites 
  • Students without a BSN will be required to complete the following MSN Bridge Courses, which must be completed within the first three semesters of enrollment: 
    • NURS 225 - Nursing Research
    • NURS 440 - Community Health
    • NURS 445 - Population Health 
    • NURS 489 or 490 - Nursing Leadership
    • NURS 491 - Nursing Management
  • There are 4 practicum courses requiring 50 clinical hours each for Nursing Educator and Nursing Administration tracks

MSN Degree Program Format

  • 100% Online
  • 42 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the Nursing program credit hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.
  • There are 4 practicum courses requiring 50 clinical hours each (200 total) for Nursing Educator and Nursing Administration Tracks. 
  • MSN Student Handbook
  • This degree falls under the School of Nursing.

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Master’s Degree in Nursing Cognates

Students pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing are required to choose a cognate. Explore important information about each cognate below.


Additional Information

Practicum Sites

Prospective students should contact their state’s Department of Education or Board of Nursing to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program (some states may reserve clinical sites for in-state residential students.) Most MSN courses are offered in an eight-week format year-round.

Liberty University Online State Approval Disclosure

Students residing in Maryland are currently unable to complete their practicum in the state of Maryland. However, it is possible for Maryland students to complete their practicum in neighboring states, such as Virginia or Delaware. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.

RN Licensure

The MSN has a required practicum that must be completed in the United States. Students must hold a current and active RN license within the U.S.

Non-Discrimination Statement

School of Nursing Non-Discrimination Statement

Bridge courses for non-BSN students

Currently, students who hold an RN license and a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing must complete the following Bachelor of Science in nursing bridge courses during their first year in the MSN program: 

  • NURS 225: Research in Nursing
  • NURS 440: Strategies for Community Health
  • NURS 489: Leadership/Management in Nursing
  • NURS 445: Population Health
  • NURS 491: Nursing Management

An introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are also required. Refer to your individual program Degree Completion Plan (DCP). For Advising, please contact:

CCNE Accreditation

The master's degree program in nursing at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

For questions about the accreditation of Liberty University, please contact

Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Ln.
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500

Inquiries about the institution itself, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.