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Nursing MSN (Master of Science)

Are you ready to take a more active role in delivering quality healthcare, shaping health policy or educating the next generation of nursing professionals? The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs in the College of Nursing will give you the advanced knowledge and skills you need to be a leader in today’s challenging healthcare environment.

Creighton University offers MSN programs in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration and Leadership.

Creighton’s MSN programs are flexible, online programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. You can complete the majority of your master’s degree online, although you may be required to make some visits to campus in Omaha. Enroll as a student full-time or part-time—whatever best fits your life.

“Creighton nurses are leading, managing and administering in a time of complexity, rapid change and even, chaos.”


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Program Outcomes

The MSN program is designed to prepare nurses who:

  • Analyze theoretical concepts and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines relevant to advanced nursing practice in the provision and improvement of healthcare.
  • Assume leadership in designing, managing and implementing quality, cost-effective, and innovative services to clients in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Incorporate knowledge of population-based care and cultural influences in ensuring appropriate and sensitive healthcare.
  • Influence health policy formulation and implementation to address socioeconomic and healthcare issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and utilizing research from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve practice.
  • Engage in a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to resolve/address ethical dilemmas/situations.
  • Demonstrate competency in an advanced nursing role

Program Details

To help you achieve your goals, our MSN programs offer these specializations:

  • Nursing Administration and Leadership — Take your innate leadership ability and transform it into an in-demand skill as an inspired healthcare leader.
  • Nursing Education — Work as an educator in any setting by combining your work experiences with foundational knowledge plus Jesuit teaching and learning principles.

All nurses are natural leaders. They provide care for everyone from the bedside to the boardroom. The Administration and Leadership program is for those who’ve identified these leadership capabilities – and know it’s time to go back to school to develop these skills.

Students who successfully complete Creighton’s Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education are eligible to apply 15 credit hours of their graduate coursework upon admission to Creighton’s Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership (EdD) program.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, applicants must:

  • Possess a BSN from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited college or university
  • Active, unencumbered RN license with NE eligibility
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course (or equivalent) with C (2.0) or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer, who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Submit a personal statement speaking to your long- and short-term goals
  • Complete an application 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

International Transcripts

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated course-by-course by a NACES approved credentialing agency. View a list of approved agencies. Official evaluations must be sent directly from the agency to Creighton University.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

2021-2022 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

Creighton’s College of Nursing is a recipient of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for the 2021 fiscal year. Students enrolled in the MSN in Nursing Education program and the Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to apply for NFLP funding. Loan recipients may have up to 85% of their loan forgiven by working full-time as a Nurse Educator after graduating from their program. 

Students must meet the following eligibility:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and its territories.
  • Be in good academic standing (as defined by the College of Nursing)
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled in MSN in Nursing Education program or Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program
  • Student may be enrolled part time or full time

Read though this document for additional details about borrowing limits, loan forgiveness work, employment eligibility, repayment and other details related to the NFLP.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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The master’s degree program in nursing at Creighton University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, we are unable to accept or enroll students in the MSN program who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a MSN: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.

As a Creighton College of Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. See some of the student organizations and service opportunities available to you.

Still Have Questions?

Reach out to a Nursing Admissions Representative
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