Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Master of Science in Nursing

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Are you looking for a significant way to improve your career, impact lives, and expand your future in the field of nursing? Earning your Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) can set that opportunity in motion.

Liberty University Online’s M.S.N. offers nurses the chance to advance their careers as nursing educators and/or administrators. The master's degree in nursing at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791 and approved by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education.  The program focuses specifically on curriculum guidelines established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

The program offers three concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. Practicum experience is tailored for each student’s interests and learning needs, while faculty mentors and approved preceptors provide further guidance for students within either a healthcare or educational setting.

M.S.N. graduates possess the critical nursing skills necessary for advanced clinical practice, teaching, research, and scholarship. Nurse Educator and Nursing Administration students have the option of meeting the educational criteria for concentration-specific certifications such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nurse Executive certification or National League of Nursing Nurse Education certification. Other criteria apply to certification requirements, and students are advised to contact the certifying body for further information.

Note that periodic changes made in eligibility requirements by the American Nurses Credentialing Center are beyond the control of any academic institution. The American Nurses Credentialing Center makes the final determination regarding CNS exam eligibility or any other certification.

Our nursing program has program-specific accreditations.

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 M.S.N. 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 M.S.N. has a required practicum which must be completed in the United States. Students must hold a current and active RN license within the U.S. 

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 M.S.N. program:  NURS 225: Research in Nursing, NURS 440: Strategies for Community Health, NURS 489: Leadership/Management in Nursing, NURS 445: Population Health, and 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:

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Quick Facts

Program Delivery Format

Credit Hours

  • 42 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.


Potential Career Options

  • Undergraduate University Nursing Professor
  • Staff/Patient Educator, Professional Workforce Development
  • Nurse Leader such as Unit Managers, Directors or Nurse Executives

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