Discover an Online MSN Program Built for Real Life
You have big dreams for your future—and a busy schedule. That’s why you need a university that’s on your level. Our CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is built for working nurses, with a variety of specializations that reflect both the current demands of the field and nurses’ changing aspirations. Our online MSN program emphasizes the hard and soft skills you need to rise confidently to every challenge. Pursue your passion and open new doors to your future at Walden.
A master’s degree in nursing allows registered nurses (RNs) to pursue advanced clinical and leadership training.
Why Choose Walden for Your Online Nursing Education?
Walden knows nurses. No other school graduates more MSN students.1
Our didactic faculty all hold doctoral degrees. Many are practicing clinicians who bring valuable insights directly from the field.
i-Human patient simulation software and strength-finding tools make your learning experience personalized, interactive, and effective.
Opt for our course-based format or choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.
Are you a registered nurse (RN) with a BSN looking to become a clinical practice leader? Skip the MSN and start your DNP.
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In nursing, confidence is everything—and we want you to have confidence in Walden’s CCNE-accredited nursing programs. Accreditation signals program quality, and assures an educational experience aligned with the demands of today’s nursing field. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Be ready for what’s next with a Walden degree.
Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $4,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 3, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.Get Started Now
Choose the Specialization That's Right for You
- Nurse Practitioner: Does your passion lie in providing direct patient care? Choose from five 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.
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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.
Explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration.
This online Family Nurse Practitioner specialization focuses on evidence-based techniques that can enhance the quality of care and outcomes for your patients.
Positively impact the well-being of patients from birth to age 21 in pediatric primary care settings with our pediatric nurse practitioner specialization.
Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems.
Influence the future of healthcare as a nurse mentor with the MSN-Nursing Education specialization.
Also available in Tempo Learning®!
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.
Also available in Tempo Learning®!
Help improve healthcare delivery by integrating data to support clinical decision-making and using technology to create more efficient processes.
Also available in Tempo Learning®!
Prepare to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk populations; and developing population-based nursing interventions.
All my faculty members demonstrated a high level of knowledge in their specific areas.
Robyn Woidtke ’12 MSN
We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.
- The RN to MSN track is ideal if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
- The BSN to MSN track is designed for registered nurses (RN) who have already earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
- The BSN to DNP or BSN to PhD in Nursing tracks are available to registered nurses (RN) who have earned a bachelor’s in nursing degree.
Two Ways to Learn
Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working nurses.
COURSE-BASED LEARNING. Learn the Traditional Way.
If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good choice for you.
TEMPO LEARNING®. A Different Way to Learn.
Choose this option if you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule.
| The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
|| The flexible pace, ideal for some students
|Pace||Deadlines to make steady progress
||Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
|Tuition||Pay by the course
||All-you-can-learn subscription fee
|Support||Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
||Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
|Expert Walden Faculty
|Payment Plans and Scholarships*
*May not be available for all programs
With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your Master of Science in Nursing degree in 14 months for under $16,000 for select specializations.*Get Started Now
* Based on the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your learning track, individual pace, and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience with the subject, ability to work independently, and available time.
Personalized Practicum Support
Practicums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage™—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden Practicum Pledge™, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you register, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you can’t identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements*), we’ll help find you a match.
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.
From telemedicine to data analytics, the healthcare landscape is changing fast. Walden’s online MSN program prepares you with the skills and confidence to find your unique place in this exciting evolution. It’s not just about what’s next in healthcare; it’s about what’s next for you. Become a next-generation nursing leader and a catalyst for positive social change.
Choose from nine specializations to distinguish yourself in the field, whether you want to treat patients or serve in the boardroom. With a master’s degree in nursing, you can open the door to better career opportunities, 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.
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With a degree From Walden University, you can make a greater difference.
I chose Walden to earn my advanced degree because I was pleased with the design and presentation of the curriculum, its flexibility, and the very encouraging reviews of the experiences of current students and alumni.
Lisa D. Stovel-Rolle ’12 MSN
I was very surprised about how well-prepared I felt for my certification boards after graduation. The program prepared me for entry to practice.
Joshua Reed ’14 MSN
Choosing to specialize as a family nurse practitioner has opened many doors. ... I can explore many areas in nursing and still be a nurse practitioner.
Melissa Bellamy ’18 MSN
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 2020 to 2030.1 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 January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data.)
A nursing practicum gives you valuable practical experience by allowing you to apply your new knowledge and skills in real-life situations and settings. Although you’re responsible for initiating your search for a field site based on your location preferences, Walden offers Practicum Advantage™ that provides Student Success Advisor coaching, resources, and self-help tools you need to identify a practicum site and nursing preceptor that fit with your education and career goals.
For the nurse practitioner (NP) specializations in our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, we are excited to announce the new Walden University Practicum Pledge™. You will benefit from our large network of field sites and preceptors, an additional dedicated Field Placement Team that partners with you to identify a site and preceptor. If you’re unable to identify your own nursing practicum site and preceptor after several attempts, we’ll assist in finding you a suitable match (along with additional requirements*).
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