Online Master of Nursing (MSN) Program
Drexel University’s accredited MSN online undeclared program option is designed to prepare nurses for leadership nursing positions in the rapidly growing and evolving healthcare landscape. With so many options available today, we understand selecting the right MSN concentration may be challenging. That is why we have designed a flexible online MSN option that allows you to take the five core MSN courses before selecting your concentration. This gives you the opportunity to explore your interests and ultimate career goals, while still progressing toward your MSN degree. Upon completion of the five core MSN courses, you will be able to seamlessly continue your MSN journey in one of our four concentrations: Clinical Nurse Leader, Leadership in Health Systems Management, Nursing Education, or Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare.
What is an MSN Program?
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced-level degree that prepares registered nurses to enter positions in management, administration, and education. The degree may focus on one or more advanced nursing specialties such as nursing education, nursing leadership, clinical nurse leader, acute care, or primary care.
Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Program Features
- The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Consistently ranked among the best online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report
- Experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
- A highly-interactive learning method that challenges and engages while remaining convenient for working nurses
- Flexible scheduling of clinical practicum in a variety of settings
- Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the program within three years
What Types of Master's Degrees in Nursing Are There?
Once you have decided to earn your MSN, the next question is typically which MSN specialty is right for me. There are many MSN program options available today to help customize your education with your nursing career goals.
How Do I Choose a Nursing Specialty?
Your MSN nursing specialty depends on what you’re looking to do with your career. Whether you’re seeking to advance into a nursing leadership position, continue your journey as a Clinical Nurse Leader, or teach the next generation of nurses, Drexel has the MSN option for you:
- Clinical Nurse Leader
- Leadership in Health Systems Management
- Nursing Education
- Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare
Drexel also offers Nurse Practitioner programs, but they're not available to undeclared MSN students. However, upon completion of an MSN advanced role program, you will have the option to apply for a post-master’s certificate in one of the nurse practitioner tracks.
What Can I Do with an MSN Degree?
An MSN degree provides you with graduate-level education designed to prepare you for leadership opportunities within many different types of healthcare environments. From health system management, clinical nurse leadership, nursing education, and quality, safety, and risk management, Drexel offers a diverse portfolio of online MSN programs that will prepare you for the next step in your career.
What kinds of jobs can you get with an online MSN degree?
- Unit Manager
- Nurse Administrator
- Director of Nursing
- Nurse Educator
- Clinical Nurse Leader
- Clinical Trials Manager
How much does an MSN make?
Currently, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not provide salary statistics for all MSN categories. Most MSN specialties are contained within the registered nurse category. The median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017.
Upon review of popular salary sites, such as Payscale.com, we can estimate the median nursing salaries for the MSN categories listed below. Please note that salaries vary by geographic region.
National Average Salary*
Clinical Nurse Educator
Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical Nurse Manager
Clinical Research Nurse
*Data from bls.gov and payscale.com
How Long Does it Take to Earn an MSN in Nursing?
The average completion time for a Drexel part-time online MSN advanced role student is 2-3 years. The advanced role MSN programs allow you to set the pace that fits your work and personal schedule. There is also an incentive to complete the program within three years. The MSN advanced role tuition lock program guarantees that your tuition stays the same if you complete the program within three years.
Can I Earn an MSN without a BSN?
Yes, it’s possible to earn your MSN without having a BSN. You would need to have a bachelor’s degree in another field and hold a current and active RN license. However, this only applies to Drexel's MSN advanced role programs, not the nurse practitioner programs. Learn more about the RN-MSN option.
For questions, please contact:
Senior Academic Advisor
Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
State restrictions may apply to some programs.
The MSN program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|NURS 500||Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments||3.0|
|NURS 502||Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care||3.0|
|NURS 544||Quality and Safety in Healthcare||3.0|
|RSCH 503||Research Methods and Biostatistics||3.0|
|RSCH 504||Evaluation and Translation of Health Research||3.0|
Additional Requirements for Concentrations
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
- Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Those with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on their resume for evaluation
- Do you have a 3.5 GPA or higher? If so, you can waive your letters of recommendation.
- A current, unrestricted United States RN license
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
- Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
- References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
- Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
- Why you are pursuing your MSN,
- Your plans upon completion of the degree, and
- How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
- Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
- A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
- Additional requirements for International Students
The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $997 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1107 per credit)
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
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