Master of Science (Nursing)

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  • The Department of Nursing at Salisbury University provides a rigorous, science-based program to prepare graduates with advanced skills who wish to become nurse educators or move into leadership/management positions.

    Taught by distinguished full-time faculty who practice what they teach, most classes are offered in the evenings, using a combination of distance accessible and face-to-face meetings. Close student-faculty working relationships are fostered through a highly interactive learning environment. Faculty advisors assist each student with designing a personalized progression plan, incorporating learning experiences that are consistent with student interests and learning goals.

    Full-time students can earn their degree in approximately two years, and part-time study options are available as well.  Graduates of Salisbury University’s Master’s program are in demand and valued for their expertise and professional contributions. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, SU is proud to have educated many of the nursing leaders of the mid-Atlantic region, and maintains professional relationships with our nursing alumni.

    Core Graduate Nursing Courses:

    All graduate nursing students must complete a core of courses that prepares them for evidence-based advanced nursing practice. Core courses include epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research, applied statistics, and completion of a capstone/thesis/internship.

    Nurse Educator (NE) Option

    The NE track prepares graduate nurses to become educators in colleges, universities and other health care settings. In addition to the core courses, students in this track take advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, college teaching, technology use in health care education, and a clinical nurse educator practicum. Graduates of this track are eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.

    Health Care Leadership Option (offered only when a group of 10 students have been admitted).

    Curriculum under revision; please check back with us later. 

    RN to Master’s Option

    Designed for eligible RN students who do not have a bachelor’s degree, and wish to pursue a Master’s degree directly from an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Students in this streamlined option are eligible to apply for the Nurse Educator or Health Care Leadership option (if available) after completing the required baccalaureate credits. For more information visit

    Admission Requirements

    Admission to the Master’s program requires acceptance to the University for graduate study, as well as acceptance into the Master of Science (Nursing) Program. Admission to the program is a competitive process, and the following required items will be considered individually as the final applicant selections are made.

    • BS in Nursing from a nationally accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (except eligible RN to MS students)
    • Current and active United States Registered Nursing (RN) license
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Current CPR Certification for healthcare providers
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae
    • 1-2 page narrative describing academic and professional goals
    • Two academic or professional references/letters of recommendation
    • Residency/Domicile Information form (for those students applying for in-state tuition)
    • Documents required of international students: Please consult the Center for International Education at
    • International Students: Proficiency in spoken and written English with the following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination, 79 on the internet-based examination

    All M.S. degree applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Program Director, Department Chair, or members of the Graduate Program Committee.  Clinical experience is not required but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

    Enrollment Requirements:

    After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses, students must:

    1. Meet all Department of Nursing health requirements.
    2. Provide evidence of current CPR certification, and evidence of current RN license in Maryland or state where you are practicing.
    3. Provide a 2x2" passport photo for their permanent department file.

    Graduate Nursing Curriculum Guides:

    Course Offering Rotation:

    • Note that graduate specialty courses are taught on a rotating schedule and not all courses are offered every year.

    Application Materials for Master's Program:


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