Master of Science in Nursing

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Earn a master’s degree in nursing

Registered nurses with a BSN: Take the next step in your nursing career.

A master’s degree gives you more job options and earning power. Take on pivotal roles where you can improve health care services.

Available in a flexible, online/hybrid format.

Degree options

Take the path for you. Choose one of four options within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. 


  • Practice Leadership: Online (online classes)
  • Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Online (online classes) 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: Hybrid (seated and online classes)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Hybrid (seated and online classes)

All options are CCNE-accredited.

A nursing student adjusts the IV tube on a patient's arm while another student checks the patient's heartbeat with a stethoscope.
Gain experience in managing the health of adult patients, from young adults to senior citizens.
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Prepare, evaluate and treat patients of all ages as a health care provider.

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Share your clinical expertise. Lead healthcare teams and find innovative ideas to enhance your patients' quality of care.
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Determine treatment plans for psychiatric needs and steer patients toward mental wellness.

Why earn a master's in nursing (MSN) at Missouri State?

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Great quality, affordable cost

Our accredited master’s degree has one of the lowest costs in the region.


Flexible classes

Keep working while you earn your degree. The NE and PHL options are available fully online. The FNP option has seated and online courses.

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Boost your career

Move up in your nursing field. A master’s degree qualifies you for better jobs and a higher salary.

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Learn from experts

Your faculty are nursing professionals and experts. They have clinical experience along with published research.

Job rates


Job placement rate for family nurse practitioners.


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Careers and outcomes
Teach, administer or work hands-on in high-level nursing roles.


Here, you'll live by a code of ethics and adopt a culture of caring.


The BSN, MSN, DNP and  post-master's Health Educator and Population Health certificate programs at Missouri State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Missouri State Board of Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (four-year BSN).