Master's - MSN

The next level of nursing professionalism

The UNMC Master’s Program in Nursing (MSN) prepares nurses for advanced practice as nurse practitioners or nurse administrators. 

The College of Nursing is committed to preparing advanced practice nurse leaders who are recognized for their excellence in practice and scholarship to promote health and well-being, including the amelioration of health disparities. 

An MSN degree will increase your expertise, expand your skills and equip you with new credentials to advance your career.

See the UNMC Catalog for purposes, outcomes and competencies, as well as for core curriculum, course descriptions and example plans of study.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited school of nursing.  
  • BSN and/or MSN degree obtained from a non-US college must be evaluated and be equivalent to a US nursing degree. 
  • Prior to admission to the graduate program, applicant must be legally licensed to practice nursing in one of the 50 US states.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed at least one-year full-time work experience as a registered nurse. Experience with the specialty population is valuable.

Full details as to admission requirements according to the UNMC College of Nursing policy can be found at: Graduate Student Admission Policies — MSN Program.


Minimum GPA:

  • MSN: 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • PMC: 3.0  cumulative GPA

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

No GRE exam score is required for admissions

English Proficiency:

Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must present official TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application.


For students who already have earned an MSN degree, it will take from one to two years to complete a PMC. For students with a BSN, it will take about three years depending on choice of specialty.  


All specialties except Nurse Leader/Executive are also available as a Postmaster's Certificate (PMC).

If you've always wanted to teach — or perhaps just thought about teaching your profession — you may combine the nurse educator training with your program. This is an ideal way to acquire credentials in a care specialty and as an educator.

Read about specialties:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Adult-GerontologyPrimary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Nurse Leader / Executive (available for ADN-prepared nurses)*
  • MSN-Leadership and MBA Dual
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Pediatric Primary & Acute Care NP (Dual)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • Women's Health NP

Nurse Leader/Executive: RN to MSN– an accelerated path for RNs with an associate degree (ADN/ASN) or diploma in Nursing. Must meet the prerequisite requirements for the BSN program. Students complete two bridge courses from our RN to BSN program and then continue on to MSN coursework. Upon graduation both a BSN and MSN will be awarded.


Contact a student services representative who can provide guidance on MSN specialty track choices, part time and full-time plans of study, as well as walk you through the applications and admissions process.




Some MSN specialty tracks admit students each semester; others admit once annually. For details, see MSN key dates/calendar.

Read full admission details before applying.

UNMC processes applications to its nursing program through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. Visit to start an application and go to the Add Program page to select our program and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. Full details per admission criteria are provided on the application.