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Nursing (MSN)

[Program Overview] [Curriculum] [Admission Criteria] [Application Requirements] [Transfer Credits] [Time to Completion] [Accreditation] [Financial Aid] [Contact Information]


After careful consideration, Metropolitan State University School of Nursing has elected to suspend admission to the MSN program for both the Nurse Educator and Leadership/Management Program for admission for fall 2015 and 2016 semesters. This suspension includes the post-master’s certificate options. We remain committed to our students currently enrolled. Please check back for future updates regarding these programs.

Metropolitan State University offers two distinct programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN):

  • MSN (BSN to MSN) - prepares BSN-educated registered nurses for advanced nursing roles
  • Entry Level MSN (ELMSN) - prepares individuals, who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing, for entry into the nursing profession

The catalog information below relates to the BSN to MSN program.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing prepares registered nurses for advanced nursing roles. Graduate degrees in Leadership and Management, Nursing Educator or Public Health Leadership and Management provide focused education for preparation at the Master's level.

Admitted MSN students can choose from the Leadership and Management (LMN) track, the Public Health Nursing Leadership (PHNL) track, or the Nurse Educator (NE) track. The MSN curriculum combines foundational courses, such as nursing science, integrative care, and research methods, with skill and role development courses designed for the specific area of specialization.

Classes for the NE track are offered completely online. Offerings for the LMN and PHNL tracks are scheduled in a variety of formats, including face to face, online or in a hybrid format. LMN and PHNL tracks may be completed in a minimum of two years of full time study. Part-time options are available in these tracks. Only a part-time option is available for the NE cohort starting fall, 2013. Plans for both a full time and part time option are underway for cohorts starting fall, 2014 or later. The MSN degree must be completed within five years of admission.

A Post-Master's Graduate Certificate option is offered on a space available basis for RNs who hold a master's degree in nursing and would like to expand their practice to include LMN, NE, or PHNL preparation. The program of study is individually designed with a faculty advisor based on curricular and certification requirements.

The Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) Program is offered online and prepares the post-baccalaureate RN to take the WOC certification exam. Students are directed to www.webwocnurse.com for complete information about the WOC program.


To earn the MSN degree, students must successfully complete the core and supporting course requirements, the specific track requirements. To earn a post-master's graduate certificate, students must successfully complete the specialty course requirements and the individualized plan of study. Curricular requirements for each track are linked below.

Admission Criteria (BSN to MSN)

A 3.00 cumulative GPA calculated from all course work and evaluation of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) is the minimal requirement for full admission to the BSN to MSN program at Metropolitan State University. Admission is competitive and the faculty committee decision is based on cumulative GPA, evaluation of applicant essay, and references. All application requirements must be met for consideration. An interview with member(s) of the School of Nursing Admissions Retention Committee may be required for qualified applicants according to established admissions committee procedures.

Denial of Admission

Applicants with poor academic records or limited probability of succeeding in graduate work may be denied both admission to the MSN program and permission to take graduate courses.

Plagiarism/Essay Citation Statement

Applicants are expected to use their own words and ideas when responding to essay questions. To clarify or strengthen a point, applicants may choose to include the thoughts and ideas of others when responding. In these cases, applicants are required to provide proper citation of the works in which the ideas originated. Applicants are encouraged to review language regarding plagiarism found at http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/pathway/gateway/handbook/handbook.html Applicant essays are subject to plagiarism review, including the use of plagiarism detecting software.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the School of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to the items listed below.

  • Acceptance of Compliance with Agency Requirements
  • Documentation of current immunizations, including a Tuberculosis test
  • Verification of hours of RN work experience
  • Current CPR certification at Health Provider Level
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services Background Study Form
  • Authorization for Release of Student Background Study Information
  • Authorization for the Release of Education Records to Clinical Facility
  • Evidence of an unencumbered license with current registration to practice in Minnesota and the state(s) in which practicum will be conducted
  • Evidence of current professional liability insurance
  • Evidence of current health insurance
  • Evidence of successful completion of HIPAA training

Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Graduate Application
  • Non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework, one of which must indicate a completed bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Goal essay
  • Two references
  • Completed computer proficiency form

See Applying to the Program for application packets and details on the requirements and deadlines.

Transfer Credits

With the approval of the School of Nursing, students may substitute relevant credits earned in other regionally accredited graduate programs toward their Metropolitan State degree. Students may request up to eight graduate semester credits be applied toward MSN degree completion. This total includes graduate credits taken at Metropolitan State University as a non-degree seeking student prior to admission to the MSN program. Cross-listed courses taken for graduate credit while enrolled in the Metropolitan State RN-BSN program are not included in the eight credit transfer maximum.

Evaluation of Credentials of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

Graduates of foreign nursing schools who apply to the MSN program are required to have transcripts evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. The evaluation report will serve as the basis for the transcript evaluation needed for admission to the University and to the graduate nursing program.

Time to Completion

All requirements for the MSN degree must be completed within five years of the first semester of enrollment in the MSN program. Student requests for a one-time extension of up to one year may be considered if, prior to expiration of the initial five years, the student makes a written request to the School of Nursing. The request should include the rationale for the request, a detailed plan regarding completion of degree requirements, and a target completion date.

Enrollment Status

Full-time versus part-time status varies by program and semester. At Metropolitan State University, full time is considered eight or more graduate credits; part-time status is less than eight graduate credits per semester.


The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission:
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships for MSN students are available through employers or organizations such as the American Cancer Society or the Veteran's Administration. For information and application forms, call the Financial Aid Office at 651-793-1414 or contact them via the university website.

Contact Information

For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing or Post Master's Graduate Certificate Options, visit Metropolitan State's School of Nursing website or contact the director of graduate programs, Brian Goodroad, DNP, RN, CNP at 651-793-1370.

Mailing Address
School of Nursing
Saint John's Hall
700 E. Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106