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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Change the way you change lives—pursue your passion with us. Walden is the leader in graduate nursing education.*

CCNE logoNurses like you give it your all. You don’t work 9 to 5. You put your best foot forward day and night. You deserve an education that will help you make the best of your rounds.

Whether you want to provide direct patient care or assume leadership roles within the healthcare system, Walden helps you pursue your goals and acquire the knowledge you need to act as a change agent. With Walden’s MSN program, you can benefit from:

  • Our 100% doctorally prepared classroom faculty.
  • Coursework that fits your schedule.
  • Collaborating with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 28, 2019

Limited-Time Offer: Receive up to a $3,000 grant for select MSN specializations if you reside in the US and start this program on April 8, 2019.

Transfer Credits: Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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Learn how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans for acutely or chronically ill adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults.
Improve health outcomes for adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults by conducting initial assessments and delivering diagnoses as well as developing treatment and care plans.
Discover how to assess, diagnose, and treat routine medical conditions and explore strategies for practicing preventive healthcare for individuals and families.
Gain the skills to diagnose, provide therapy, treat, and prescribe medications for patients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse issues.
Go from giving the shots to calling them. Help shape the future by making significant contributions to your organization in planning, finance, and human resources.
Prepare to address current healthcare issues in a clinical environment while developing teaching expertise in both classroom and staff development settings.
Learn how to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce cost in health IT.
Gain the knowledge and leadership skills to address health and access issues for populations in underserved communities and focus on key health issues that may otherwise be overlooked.

Walden’s MSN program features three program tracks depending on your previous education, experience, and education goals. The courses and pace of the program will depend on the track chosen.

  • Track One: RN-to-BSN-to-MSN
  • Track Two: RN-to-MSN
  • Track Three: BSN-to-MSN
To speak with an enrollment advisor about which track is best for you, fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 8552035779.
The types of areas you can work in within these settings include: Emergency departments, Intensive care units, Trauma centers, Tertiary care, Coronary care, Cardiovascular surgery, General surgery, Neurosurgery, and Specialty medicine areas (e.g., oncology, radiology, neurology).*
Walden’s MSN Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialization can help position you for roles in the following settings: Primary care clinics, Specialty care clinics, Urgent care clinics, Worksite-based health clinics, Private medical practices, Public health departments, Long-term care facilities, and Skilled nursing facilities.*
Walden’s MSN Nurse Practitioner specialization can help position you for roles in the following settings: Family practice, Neonatology, Nephrology, Oncology, Primary care, Public health departments, School health, Urgent care clinics, and Women's health.*
This program can help position you for roles in the following settings: Mental health clinics, Correctional facilities, Inpatient or outpatient psychiatric facilities, Private psychiatric practices, Community mental health centers, Domestic violence shelters, Residential substance abuse facilities, and Schools.*
Walden’s MSN Nurse Executive specialization can help position you for roles such as: Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Nursing, Head Nurse, Nurse Administrator Nurse Manager Nursing, Policy Manager, and Manager of Health Policy Risk Manager.*
Walden’s MSN Nursing Education specialization can help position you for roles such as: Nurse Educator, Nursing Faculty, Administrative Nurse Faculty, Nursing Instructor, Patient Educator, Staff Development Manager, Staff Educator, Continuing Education Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Supervisor, Consultant, and Case Manager.*
Walden’s MSN Nursing Informatics specialization can help position you for roles such as: Informatics Nurse Specialist, Director of Clinical Information, Clinical Analyst, Clinical Informatics Coordinator, Informatics Consultant, Informatics Faculty, Informatics Researcher, and Manager of Informatics.*
Specific roles may include: Public health nurse manager or director, Manager or director of teams developing population-focused health care services, Outpatient clinic manager, Director of school nursing, Community center health coordinator, Director of disaster management and preparedness programs, Director of health education programs, and Manager of maternal and infant public health nurse programs.*

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More about our MSN program

Entry requirements for Walden's MSN program are as follows:

  • You must be a registered nurse (RN).
  • You must hold a hospital diploma, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor's degree.
  • Two years of work experience are required for nurse practitioner specializations.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling , to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call .
CCNEThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Why earn your MSN at Walden?

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"Walden University is a pioneering educational institution. It helps form leaders who can positively impact their communities."

Esteban Ramirez-Orta| MSN Graduate

Note on Certification

Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP codes 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse); 51.3808 (Nursing Science); 51.3818 (Nursing Practice). Includes 2016 preliminary data.