Master Of Science In Nursing MSN
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100% online, 8-week courses
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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree
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May 11, 2020
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Advance in Your Career with a Liberty University Nursing Master’s Degree

Liberty University’s 100% online 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.

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 campus. 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 in nursing-related fields.

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).


FAQs for Your MSN Degree Online

Can you get your MSN online?

Practicing nurses need flexibility. As a working professional, you’re probably excited about the idea of pursuing higher education with the convenience of an online format. But you may be wondering if that’s even a possibility.

By choosing to pursue your master’s in nursing online through Liberty University, you’re giving yourself the freedom to pursue your degree without neglecting your commitments to your work, family, and community. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about traveling to our residential campus to complete any requirements. With this program, all your coursework can be completed in the comfort of your own home, and your required practicum hours can be completed within your community.

What is an online MSN?

The idea of an online master’s degree in nursing may seem like a fantasy disguised as an opportunity to advance in your education and your career. However, you truly do have the option of pursuing your MSN 100% online by partnering with Liberty University.

With this degree, all of your coursework is offered in a flexible, online format. You’ll take 8-week-long classes with 8 different start dates each year, and you’ll have no set login times. Additionally, you’ll participate in hands-on experiences as a part of your degree, and all of your practicum hours can be completed within your own community.

Are online MSN programs respected?

The career and financial benefits that can be obtained by earning a master’s in nursing is an exciting prospect. However, you may be wondering if an online MSN will be recognized by employers, making it worth your time.

Liberty University’s School of Nursing and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), so your degree has met rigorous standards required for a graduate-level nursing program. Additionally, this means your degree will be both recognized and well-respected among current and future employers.

Which MSN degree should I get?

Once you’ve decided that pursuing a Liberty MSN online degree is the right next step for your education and career, you may be wondering which degree is the right fit for you. At Liberty, we offer a variety of specializations and dual degrees to ensure that you’re pursuing the program that works for your personal and professional goals.

Here is a breakdown of what each of Liberty’s master’s in nursing programs can offer you:

  • Community Health – With this degree, you can specialize in advocating for the health and wellness of your community.
  • Health Policy – This degree will help you work alongside politicians and government officials to create local, state, and even national policy that positively affects the health of others.
  • Nursing Administration – If your career goals are to lead and manage nurses and health professionals, this degree will provide you with the leadership training you’ll need.
  • Nurse Educator – As a nurse who understands the importance of knowledge and training in the field, you may decide to pursue this degree to educate other nurses.
  • Nursing Informatics – If you’re a nurse with a knack for information technology and systems, this degree will provide you with the training you need to excel in this field.
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree – This program combines the MSN with our Master of Business Administration degree to help you partner your nursing skills with business acumen.
  • MSN/MSHA Dual Degree – Meet the business needs of the health sciences field with a combined MSN and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree.

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 awarded by Grad School Hub as one of the best online master’s in nursing for 2020.

What are the benefits of an online master’s degree in nursing?

  • Increased job opportunities

  • Meet employer requirements with an MSN degree

  • Opportunity to specialize in multiple key areas of nursing

  • Potential for increased salary and new positions

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Accreditation

In addition to the affordability, flexibility, job opportunities, potential salary increase, and other great benefits available to you when you have earned an online MSN degree, you can also rest assured in the credibility of Liberty’s online nursing master’s programs.

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. You’ll be earning your master’s in nursing from a school that is both recognized and well-respected among employers and other institutions of higher education.

CCNE Accredited

Liberty’s School of Nursing and master’s degrees in nursing are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), meaning your degree has met rigorous standards required to accredit a nursing program.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Specializations
Highlights
Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Master’s in Nursing Programs

Students pursuing a master’s degree in nursing are required to choose a specialization. Explore important information about each area of study below.

Community Health

In Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Community Health degree, you will learn about community health from an academic and biblical worldview at one of the world’s largest Christian universities. You’ll study the challenges of local communities, paying close attention to the assessment of community wellness and health needs. The required practicum hours in our online nursing program provide the opportunity to start making an impact on your community immediately.

This area of study offers an accelerated 1-year track.

What will you learn from your MSN — Community Health?

  • Biostatistics
  • Medicines and how they control diseases
  • Environmental health
  • Ethics in health policy
  • Technology and informatics related to nursing

Potential Career Options

  • Community center RN/specialist
  • Disaster relief planner
  • Emergency response team member
  • Home care RN
  • Medical/health inspector
  • School/business RN

Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.

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Health Policy

In Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Health Policy, you will gain the knowledge you need to work with leaders and government officials to improve healthcare in your community and across the nation. An MSN in Health Policy can advance your career and place you in a position to advocate for patients at top decision-making levels.

This area of study offers an accelerated 1-year track.

What will you learn in your MSN — Health Policy degree?

  • Ethics in health policy
  • How to manage population health
  • Technology and informatics related to nursing
  • Leadership involved in health policy
  • Domestic policy related to health

Potential Career Options

  • Elected official
  • Health services research analyst
  • Healthcare provider associate
  • Legislative analyst/assistant
  • The lobbying arm of a professional organization

Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.

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Nurse Educator

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator will prepare you for a cutting-edge career that combines a passion for nursing and teaching. You will be equipped with the critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to promote the profession of nursing through teaching, clinical practice, program development and implementation, and scholarship.

Please note: This specialization is also offered as an accelerated 1-year track.

What will you learn in your MSN degree in nurse educator?

  • Evaluation strategies for nurse educators
  • Teaching strategies and curriculum development
  • The role of the nurse educator
  • Pharmacology, physiology, and pathophysiology
  • Advanced health and physical assessment
  • How to manage population health

Potential Career Options

  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Professional workforce development
  • Staff/patient educator
  • Undergraduate university nurse professor

Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.

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Nursing Administration

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Science in Nursing — Nursing Administration is designed to prepare you for employment or advancement in nursing leadership and management by providing you with the tools and skills to effectively provide for and support your team. You will be equipped to demonstrate skills in consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and direct healthcare systems.

Please note: This specialization is also offered as an accelerated 1-year track.

What will you learn in your MSN degree in nursing administration?

  • Contemporary issues in human resource management
  • Financial and resource management for nurse leaders
  • The role of the nurse administrator
  • Ethics in health policy
  • How to manage population health

Potential Career Options

  • Administrator in healthcare systems
  • Administrator in nursing service
  • Director of nursing in a hospital, office, or clinic setting
  • Nurse leader

Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.

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Nursing Informatics

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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Science in Nursing — Nursing Informatics is designed to help you integrate nursing science with various information sciences to improve healthcare outcomes. When you specialize in nursing informatics, you will learn how to manage resources to achieve easier access to care and better care management.

Please note: This specialization is also offered as an accelerated 1-year track.

What will you learn in your online MSN degree in nursing informatics?

  • Database design and development
  • Health informatics and technology
  • Resource and systems management for nurse leaders
  • How to manage population health

Potential Career Options

  • Nurse programmer
  • Nurse representative
  • Project manager

Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.

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MSN/MBA Dual Degree

Liberty University’s School of Nursing offers a combined Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration dual degree track that is designed to equip you to meet the unique business needs of the nursing field. For more information about this combined track, see the MSN/MBA Dual Degree page.

Please note: The MSN/MBA dual degree is 60 credit hours.

MSN/MSHA Dual Degree

Liberty University’s School of Nursing offers a combined Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration dual degree track that is designed to equip you to meet the unique business needs of the health sciences field. For more information about this combined track, see the MSN/MSHA Dual Degree page.

Please note: The MSN/MSHA dual degree is 60 credit hours.

Highlights of Our Master’s Degree in Nursing

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. Earning your online master’s in nursing degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for our master’s in nursing programs has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • You can complete the MSN degree in about 2 years.
  • Networking opportunities are available with other nursing degree students from around the country.

Similar Online Degree

If you’ve already received your MSN online, you may be interested in pursuing your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The Liberty University nurse practitioner (NP) program is a terminal degree that will prepare you to be an NP as well as an expert and leader in the field of nursing.

Master’s Degree in Nursing Information

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • There are 4 practicum courses requiring 50 clinical hours each (200 total) for nursing educator and nursing administration tracks.
  • Review the MSN Student Handbook (login required).
  • This degree falls under the School of Nursing.
  • A background check will be conducted every six months until the online master’s in nursing is completed.
  • NURS 210 and MATH 201 are undergraduate prerequisites.

Additional Program Information

Accreditation Information

CCNE Accredited

MSN Degree CCNE Accreditation

The master’s degree program in nursing at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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.

Liberty University Online State Approval Disclosure

With the exception of the MSN nurse administration and nurse educator tracks, 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

Students must hold a current and active RN license within the United States.

Non-discrimination Statement

You can view the School of Nursing’s Non-discrimination Statement for more information about how Liberty University meets state and federal requirements to ensure fairness and reasonable accommodations.

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), undergraduate course in health assessment, and 27 hours of undergraduate business credit are required; 15 of these hours must be 300-400 level credit. These prerequisites are not required before admission but are prerequisites for graduate courses. Refer to your individual program’s Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

MSN Degree Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

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

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

Washington state applicants, please speak with an admission counselor to determine if your chosen program is approved in your state.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Minimum of 1 year of nursing practice as a registered nurse
  • 1 recommender’s contact information
  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse (RN)
  • Statement of essential attributes
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency

Nurses educated outside of the United States must submit additional documentation in order to be considered for admission. Please see the MSN admissions page for additional information.

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.