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Program Overview

Immaculata University’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is designed to prepare professional nurses as leaders in administration and education in a variety of organizations. The competencies acquired through this interdisciplinary program will prepare you to practice in a complex and dynamic professional milieu. 

The Master of Science in Nursing is a 39-credit program that you can complete in about three years, available on Immaculata's campus or at various off-campus locations. You may choose one of two areas of specialization: nursing administration or nursing education.

Nursing Adminis​tration

The administration track educates practicing nurses who are interested in becoming entry- or middle-level managers in nursing administration or advanced management roles. The curriculum prepares you for the ever-changing arena of health care by providing a sound understanding of how organizations run. Specific strategies will be identified and discussed so that you can transition smoothly from staff nurse to nurse manager. Completion of this track plus two years of full-time employment in a nursing administrative position enables you to submit your credentials for eligibility to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Nurse Executive Exam (formally known as the Nursing Administration).

MSN nursing administration graduate“While it was a long ride to campus from my home in Ventnor, NJ, and a large commitment, I felt that this program gave me what I needed. The support of my fellow students, amazing and supportive professors, and Dr. Tang made it well worth the minor inconvenience of additional travel. Once in the M.S.N. program, I applied for and was given a nurse manager position at my hospital. From there, I had an amazing opportunity to open a brand-new unit, and to grow and mentor one of my staff nurses to assume the nurse manager role when I moved to manage the critical care units. I have had tremendous growth as a nurse leader in my organization, but none of these opportunities would have been available to me without this M.S.N. program.” —Maureen Pisano, emergency department nursing director


Nursing Ed​ucation

The nursing education track examines the current and future roles of nursing education in a variety of settings. The curriculum prepares you to teach nursing in a college setting, to provide health care counseling and teaching to a patient population, and to function in a staff development role, educating nurses on new procedures or assisting recent nursing graduates in making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse. Completion of this track plus two years of full-time employment in an academic faculty role enables you to submit your credentials for eligibility to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

“With the research and curriculum development skills obtained in this M.S.N. program, I was able to further develop the forensic nurse examiners and trauma clinical leaders programs at my health care organization. My part-time employment as an instructor in an associate degree nursing program has also been enriched by my experience at IU. I am inspired to emulate the supportive care of the IU faculty and their holistic approach to health care with my students.” —Donna M. Lougheed ’17 M.S.N., R.N., forensic nurse examiner, trauma clinical leader and emergency department nurse at a level one trauma center

Program Goals

  • Prepare students for successful passage of certification examinations
  • Provide a foundation for doctoral studies
  • Promote a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Promote critical analysis of theory, research, policy and organizational systems
  • Develop leaders and change agents
  • Enhance collaboration skills

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically seek, evaluate, and develop an expanding knowledge of nursing
  • Use leadership abilities, moral and ethical principles, and professional standards to guide one's own nursing practice and that of others
  • Impact nursing practice through scientific inquiry and the dissemination of research findings
  • Integrate concepts, models, and theories from nursing science and related disciplines into advanced nursing practice


This 39-credit program consists of courses in the following categories:

For more information, see the M.S.N. Student Handbook.

Tuition and Costs

Please see the tuition and fees for master's courses and the nursing practicum.


You will complete two practicums in the M.S.N. program. Each practicum experience is paired with theory and a seminar class. The clinical practicum will increase your understanding of health care and current trends in a specialty area (medical-surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health, maternal and child health, or community/public health).

Your second practicum will be specific to your track within the program to help you meet your professional and educational goals. In the administration practicum, you will focus on professional development, quality outcome management, and legal, regulatory and ethical issues in relation to selected administrative functions of nurse administrators. Each student will develop competencies of a nurse administrator under the guidance of a preceptor, who holds a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing. In the education practicum, you will examine the theory and methods of effective classroom and clinical teaching in nursing, and you will gain experience as a nurse educator.

In your capstone course, action research is presented as a methodology to critically analyze and reflect on practice, selecting a question to critically analyze which is related to nursing practice. You will present your capstone project to a professional audience at course end. Recent projects have covered topics such as educating nurses on the hazards of surgical smoke, increasing retention of new pediatric acute care nurses, and improving oral care compliance in ventilated patients.


In fall 2011, the master’s degree in nursing was granted 10-year re-accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. CCNE accredited





Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a master’s program at Immaculata University, the minimum admission standards for the Division of Nursing include:

  • Current R.N. license
  • B.S.N. degree from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited school *
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale
  • Acceptable scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are not required to submit test scores.
  • Goals statement: a one-page essay discussing your professional goals and how graduate study at Immaculata University will enable you to achieve those goals
  • A current professional résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation appraising your personal and professional qualities as well as capability for graduate study. References must be completed by academic professors or employers and forwarded directly to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • A formal interview with the director of the M.S.N. Program

* Registered nurses from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited nursing program with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be admitted, but must meet B.S.N. equivalent competencies as outlined in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) in nursing leadership, research, and community health.

These B.S.N. equivalent competencies may be met through the following two options after admission:

  1. Demonstrate exemplary knowledge in nursing leadership, research, and community health by successfully completing a professional portfolio (NURS 500 Professional Portfolio). The portfolio will include: 1) Documents that provide evidence of R.N. learning, progress, & achievements over time (such as CEUs, publications, honors/awards, letters from patients, families or supervisors); and 2) Responses to essay questions related to the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).
  2. Demonstrate content mastery in nursing leadership, research, or community health by successful completion of an undergraduate collegiate course from an accredited institution in the relevant subject.

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