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.
No other school graduates more MSN students than Walden.1
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.
There’s nothing standing in your way. Start your master’s in nursing online with a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing.2
Opt for our course-based format or choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.
Choose from direct patient care and indirect patient care specializations to align with your desired career path.
i-Human patient simulation software and strength-finding tools make your learning experience personalized, interactive, and effective.
Receive up to a $3,500 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 1, 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
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Two Ways to Learn
Choose from two degree completion options.
The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.
Tempo Competency-Based 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. See below which specializations are offered in Tempo Competency-Based Learning in addition to our standard course-based learning.
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.
- 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.
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 eight 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
- Nurse supervisor
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this master’s in nursing online program.
I chose Walden because of its faculty commitment to students and its commitment to social change. I want to master the tools I need to better myself and the community in which I serve.
Cynthia Hickman MSN / PhD in Health Services Graduate
I chose Walden because it offered the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics I was looking for, and it was all online. I was not in a position to be able to attend other graduate schools on-site like many programs required.
Phillip Odle MSN Graduate
I chose Walden because, after pursuing local universities, what Walden offered was better for my professional and personal life.
Shellie VonCannon MSN Graduate
FAQ About Walden’s Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program often marks a defining moment in a nurse’s career, when he or she decides how to focus their career and whether to pursue direct or indirect patient care. With a number of specializations from which to choose, you can learn how to positively influence the quality of patient care, develop innovations and apply them to healthcare practices, use education to lead other nurses, and improve the overall health of patients and communities. Choose a specialization that aligns your coursework and curriculum with your personal and professional goals. In-demand specializations include Public Health Nursing, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics, Nurse Executive, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.
Master of Science in Nursing degree-seekers have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the program that is best for them. However, five key factors should always be considered before deciding: accreditation, specializations, flexibility, diversity, and support. First, look for an MSN program that is accredited. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation affirms the quality of a university’s MSN program and support services, as well as the university’s commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. As you search for the best degree program, also be sure to look for one that offers a number of specializations, allowing you to match your education to your career goals. Flexible scheduling is important as well—which is why online degree programs are such a popular choice for working professionals. It’s also important for you to be able to connect with other professionals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, which can greatly enhance your MSN experience. Lastly, be sure you choose a university with a strong support team that is invested in helping you succeed.
Accreditation is an important factor to consider when researching MSN programs. Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Programs that are CCNE accredited must meet rigorous academic and professional standards, with the ultimate goal of preparing effective nurses who make an impact in their field. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of advanced practice registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations—52% from 2019 to 2029.1 This growth is projected to include a variety of settings within the field, many of which an MSN degree can prepare you to serve. These settings can include:
- Physicians’ offices
- Home healthcare services
- Nursing care facilities
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs differ from university to university. Walden University, for example, graduates more MSN students than any other university in the U.S.1 Didactic coursework in Walden’s MSN degree program is 100% online, which allows you to earn your degree on a schedule that works for you. Also, Walden does not require travel for health assessments like other universities often do, and students can attend on a part-time or full-time basis. In addition, you can choose from a variety of specializations, benefit from small class sizes, and receive support throughout the program and beyond.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using CIP code family 51.38 “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing” for Master’s degrees (Award level 7). Available at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data (Retrieved February 2020; may consist of or include provisional release data).