Graduate Nursing Programs at MSUM

Graduate Nursing Programs at MSUM

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Graduate Nursing Program offers a curriculum that is flexible, accessible, reputable, and accredited. MSUM has offered the Nurse Educator program for nearly a decade and recently updated the curriculum to reflect the new Master’s Essentials.  As of Fall 2013, MSUM is offering Nursing Administration and Organizational Leadership Master’s degree as well.


Currently, MSUM is accepting for two graduate nursing programs: the Master of Science in Nursing Education and the Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL).  Doctorally-prepared faculty members who have a passion for nursing education and online instruction teach the online theory courses for both of the graduate nursing programs. The graduate nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Guidelines from national and specialty organizations were used to develop a curriculum that prepares graduates for certification examinations. MSUM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools at the Master’s degree level.

  • All nursing coursework is available online through MSUM’s Instructional Management System, Desire2Learn (D2L). The D2L site contains materials specifically focused for online students, such as carefully prepared syllabi, schedules, assignments, and readings. While using this system, students will submit written work, participate in discussions with other students, stream videos, and present projects.
  • Using a web-meeting process called Wimba, students will also participate in monthly synchronous class meetings. These meetings are attended from the students’ computers (not on campus) and may involve face-to-face oral discussions and participation in group work, much in the same fashion as a face-to-face classroom.  Monthly meetings are usually scheduled on the same day each month – typically Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Meeting times vary from year to year and can start as early as 7am or end as late as 10pm.

MSUM Graduate Nursing also offers:

  • Online orientation. No need to drive to campus.
  •  Flexible programming including summer course offerings. Students can take as few as 3 credits per semester or up to 10 credits some semesters. Keep in mind that full-time at the graduate student level is considered 8 credits for financial aid purposes.
  • Individualized progression (no need to progress as a cohort).
  • Flexible application process.
  • MSUM accepts new students each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).
  • Students may submit their applications at any time of the year.
  • Academic and healthcare setting practica experiences near your home community.

MSUM Graduate Nursing Admission Requirements:

  • BS or BA in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited university
  • Documentation of current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US (does not need to be MN). Photocopy acceptable.
  • Total cumulative local GPA (not including transfer credits) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the last institution where nursing degree was awarded
  • Complete “Application for Admission to Graduate Study” form
  • Completed “Nursing Application” form including:
    • 500-word essay describing professional experience and future professional goals
    • Three letters of recommendation (two from professional colleagues, 1 from personal)
    • Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead
    • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    • Non-Minnesota applicants are not fully admitted until the Department of Higher Education in the applicant’s state of residence has approved distance education/online programs from the state of Minnesota. (Approval secured from key states- SD, ND, NE, MT, WI, IL, AZ, MO)

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MS applications for the summer session are due April 15th and June 15th for a fall semester beginning.  If your application comes in after the due dates, you can still begin as a “graduate special student” and your application (if accepted) would be processed for the following semester.

To apply, visit All MSUM graduate nursing curricula, policies, admission information (under “forms” tab), and course descriptions are available on this website as well.


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