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Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Whether you want to work directly with patients or influence care on a broader scale, our CCNE-accredited MSN program can help you reach your goals. A master’s in nursing degree allows registered nurses (RNs) to pursue advanced clinical and leadership training.

Learn from the leader

No other school graduates more MSN students than Walden.1

Expert Faculty

The College of Nursing's didactic faculty all hold doctoral degrees and possess real-world experience in a variety of nursing areas with diverse patient populations.

Enroll with or without a bachelor’s degree

There’s nothing standing in your way. Start your master’s in nursing online with a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing.2

A degree on your terms

Opt for our course-based format or choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.

Tailor your studies

Choose from direct patient care and indirect patient care specializations to align with your desired career path.

Refine your skills

i-Human patient simulation software and strength-finding tools make your learning experience personalized, interactive, and effective.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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With a Degree From Walden University, You Can Make a Greater Difference

Meet Anna, a nurse who went to the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York. Listen to her story of tragedy and resilience, and learn more about how she’s achieving her dream of becoming a family nurse practitioner. 

At Walden, we believe a good education is an Education for Good.®

Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working nurses.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Walden University Tempo Learning® Tempo Learning® is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program.


Choose the Specialization That's Right for You

  • Nurse Practitioner: Does your passion lie in providing direct patient care? Choose from four specializations that prepare you to pursue certification and credentialing as a nurse practitioner.
  • Specialty Practice: Position yourself for advanced leadership or educator roles in one of several critical areas of nursing and healthcare.

Need a little help selecting the right specialization? Take our quiz to see which specialization best aligns with your goals.

Learning Paths

  • Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

In this specialization, you can gain the knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals 13 years or older with complex acute and exacerbations of chronic medical conditions.

Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This specialization explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration.

Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

This online Family Nurse Practitioner specialization focuses on evidence-based techniques that can enhance the quality of care and outcomes for your patients.

Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care

Positively impact the well-being of patients from birth to age 21 in pediatric primary care settings with our pediatric nurse practitioner specialization.

Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems.

Specialty Practice

Nursing Education

Influence the future of healthcare as a nurse mentor with the MSN-Nursing Education specialization.

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Specialty Practice

Nurse Executive

Develop greater administrative expertise and harness your experience to serve as a leader and role model in your organization with the MSN Nurse Executive specialization.

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Specialty Practice

Nursing Informatics

Help improve healthcare delivery by integrating data to support clinical decision-making and using technology to create more efficient processes.

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Specialty Practice

Public Health Nursing

Public Health Nursing prepares you to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk populations; and developing culturally sensitive, acceptable, and realistic population-based nursing interventions.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this master’s program, you must have a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing or higher and a valid RN license. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.

What's the Career Impact of Earning Your MSN?

Develop Your Talents. Inspire Change.

As a nurse with a passion for helping people, you want to do more to elevate patient care. Now is the time to move confidently toward your goals, because Walden is here for you.

A master’s in nursing degree from Walden can empower you with the skills and credentials to turn your aspirations into impact. Choose from nine specializations to distinguish yourself in the field, whether you want to treat patients or serve in the boardroom. With an advanced nursing degree, you can open the door to better job prospects, more autonomy, and greater personal reward.

What Can I Do With an MSN?

Depending on your specialization, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden can pave the way to a number of career options, including:

  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nursing instructor
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this master’s in nursing online program.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.


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