Master's in Nursing (MSN Degree Online)

Master of Science in Nursing MSN Online Degree Program

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Advance in Your Nursing Career with our Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Degree

Liberty University’s 100% online Master's in Nursing (MSN) degree online 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.

Our Master's in Nursing degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education. Our MSN degree also has program-specific accreditations.

Why Choose Liberty's MSN Degree?

Our Master’s Degree in Nursing is an industry leader in online MSN degree 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 degree 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 specializations 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. 

Highlights of our Master’s Degree in Nursing

  • By earning your Master's in Nursing from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field. 
  • Tuition for our Master's in Nursing 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. 
  • Our Master's degree in Nursing online program is CCNE accredited.
  • Students can complete the MSN degree in about two years.
  • Networking opportunities with other Master's degree in Nursing students in the program from around the country.

MSN Degree Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Explore our Dual MSN Degrees

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. 

Master's in Nursing 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

Master's Degree in Nursing Program Format

  • 100% online
  • 42 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the Nursing program credit hours may be transferred if approved and available.
  • There are 4 practicum courses requiring 50 clinical hours each (200 total) for Nursing Educator and Nursing Administration Tracks. 
  • MSN Student Handbook
  • Review the MSN Degree admissions requirements.
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.
  • This degree falls under the School of Nursing.


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Master’s in Nursing Programs

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

Master's Degree in Nursing Additional Information

Practicum Sites

Prospective MSN degree 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 Programs 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 degree 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 degree 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 the Master's Degree in Nursing Advising Team, please contact:

MSN Degree 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.