Master of Science in Nursing Online

Move forward in your nursing career today

Nurse leaders are shaping the future of healthcare

Maryville University proudly offers five distinct online MSN programs designed for experienced nurses who want to transform the healthcare system — starting with their own roles.

Take this opportunity to gain a whole new leadership perspective focused on compassion, preventive care, and evidence-based decision-making, and advance your career and salary potential at a time when nurse practitioner is one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S.

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Benefit from our CCNE-accredited program.

Our online MSN adheres to standards set by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Access classes 100% online — no campus visits.

Access your coursework and class resources conveniently and on your time with online flexibility.

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Study around your schedule with part-time and full-time options

Choose part-time or full-time options and complete your MSN in as few as 20 months.

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Choose from five specializations.

Tailor your education to your nursing goals by specializing in one of five advanced areas.

Complete local clinicals in your preferred setting.

Choose your location and complete your clinical where it’s convenient for you.

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Enroll with no entrance exams and no waiting list once accepted.

Once you’re accepted, you’re in. You can begin your MSN at the next program starting point.

The MSN, Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate, and DNP programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Master of Science in Nursing online program curriculum

At Maryville University, we encourage bravery and innovation. That’s why we developed our online Master of Science in Nursing program curriculum to cater to experienced nurses like you who are ready to enhance their roles and become leaders in the field.

Our online MSN curriculum features a core of master’s-level courses relevant to nurses of all types, including Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, and more — plus courses designed to prepare you for leadership. You can see a full course list on our curriculum page.

Five ways to specialize your online MSN degree

Select your concentration from the list below, or read an overview of all of our MSN concentration options.

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To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements, which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

Tuition and admission at a glance

There is a tuition freeze in effect for the 2021-22 academic year, meaning tuition rates have not increased.

Cost: $813 per credit hour

Total credit hours: 41-50

OneFee*: $700

Background check: $75-$120 per submission

*Each semester, your billing statement will include a student fee called OneFee. This fee covers your access to all services and resources provided by the university and made available to you as a Maryville University student.

Danielle Van Komen

Danielle Van Komen

Online Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

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I loved the [clinical] precepting that we did. I have been blessed to go with a ton of different doctors — about three different doctors each semester. I wanted the variety to learn how all the different doctors do the same thing, and that has been awesome.”

“Don’t wait” — MSN grads share their advice for incoming students

We know you have what it takes to succeed — in your nursing education and beyond. Now, hear some advice from Maryville nursing graduates who have already done it. Andrea, Celena, Debbie, and Junah are here to share their experiences in our online MSN program and offer advice for future learners like you.

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What is the career outlook for MSN graduates?


Job growth projected for NPs 2020-2030

According to data compiled by the BLS

Nurse practitioners will be essential to the future of healthcare, and earning your Master of Science in Nursing can help you take advantage of the many career opportunities available. Thanks to ongoing legislative reform, an aging population, the proliferation of unhealthy lifestyle habits, and rise of chronic illnesses, the demand for well-educated nurse practitioners shows no signs of slowing down.

These are a few of the noteworthy trends driving the demand for nurse practitioners.

As an experienced RN, you may know the future of the workforce is changing — and not just because of the looming nursing/physician shortage. Millennials now make up the largest segment of the workforce, filling the void left by retiring baby boomers, according to Pew Research Center. Healthcare organizations need nurse practitioners with the knowledge and skills to function autonomously now more than ever.

What is the typical MSN or nurse practitioner salary?

Your MSN can qualify you to pursue high-paying careers in nursing like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Note that salaries may vary based on factors like location, setting, and experience.


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RNs who earn their MSN

*According to data compiled by the BLS

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Why choose Maryville for your online MSN degree?

When you choose to earn your master’s in nursing online degree from Maryville, you open the door to becoming a mentor, educator, researcher, and administrator. Our online nursing program gives you the flexibility to pursue a degree on your own timeline while continuing to work. Our expert faculty and support staff give you the tools you need to succeed. Benefit from a dynamic, experience-based education that can help you improve your practice the next day, and gain the skills and knowledge today to help you brave the future of nursing.

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s best colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. When you choose Maryville for your Master of Science in Nursing online, you’ll have access to a flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered with 100% online coursework.

Here are a few more reasons to choose Maryville for your MSN:

  • Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
  • Complete your MSN in approximately two years.
  • Leverage your graduate degree to become an advanced practice provider in hospitals, clinics, and private practices.
  • Become a more effective practitioner, caregiver, and nursing leader with the skills to work autonomously in managing patient needs.
  • Gain immediately actionable knowledge in online classrooms and clinicals.
  • Learn from faculty members with hands-on clinical expertise who teach nursing from experience.
  • Receive the student-centered support to become a successful nurse practitioner.
  • Study with a university that embodies the values of caring, collaboration, and excellence.

Insights from our faculty

Mykale Elbe, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Mykale Elbe, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Director of the MSN and Nurse Practitioner Programs and Assistant Professor of Nursing

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At Maryville University, we are educating the future of nursing. Our graduates are tasked with serving patients with compassion, competency-based healthcare, and advocacy. Our faculty strives to ensure students are challenged to rise to the top, critically think, and be leaders in the profession. We hope to support our students in their fulfillment of their educational pursuit.”

The Maryville University faculty members are experts in the field of nursing, and as practicing NPs, they bring their knowledge and skills to the learning experience. Furthermore, our instructors truly care about the students and want them to excel in their educational endeavor and ultimately be amazing nurse practitioners to improve the health of their communities.

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CCNE Accredited

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Maryville University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

What does CCNE accreditation mean for Maryville’s online MSN?

When you earn your MSN from Maryville, you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality nursing education that adheres to an established standard of quality. That’s because our online MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an organization that “ensures the quality and integrity” of collegiate nursing programs nationwide.

Maryville University also proudly holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), maintained since 1941 and most recently renewed in 2015. The HLC serves and evaluates colleges and universities in 19 states including Missouri, where Maryville’s campus is located.

How to apply to Maryville’s online MSN

You can apply online in about 15 minutes. There are no application fees and no entrance exams required.

The application process

Step 1. Complete your Maryville University online application.

Step 2. Submit your documentation, including transcripts, application essay, and resume/CV.

Step 3. If you have credits to transfer, complete your transfer credit request.

Note that further information or documentation may be required if your cumulative GPA is below 2.8, you’re not currently working as an RN, or you have disciplinary action on your RN license

Do you have questions, or would you like to get more info about how to apply? We’re here to help. Schedule a call, and we can have a chat when it’s convenient for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Maryville’s MSN

Maryville MSN graduates gain the skills and knowledge to pursue roles in a variety of settings, serving a wide range of patients. Completing your online master’s in nursing can prepare you for a nurse practitioner career in your choice of five distinct concentrations and enable you to pursue specialized nursing roles such as forensic nurse and clinical research specialist.

Find out more about career opportunities for MSN graduates.

Apply to the online Master of Science in Nursing program at Maryville University