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Online MSN


Total Credits 37

Cost per Credit $575

  • Complete your degree in 2 years
  • Pick from 4 tracks of study — Clinical Nurse Leader,  Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics
  • No campus residency requirement — fulfill clinical requirements locally 
  • Multiple pathways to MSN based on your specific situation

Take your career beyond the bedside and rise in the ranks of nurse leadership. With four tracks spanning from CNL to nurse informatics, flexible MSN pathways for RN and BSN nurses, and low tuition, the Queens online MSN program gives you the skills to lead the next generation of nursing professionals.

What Makes Us Unique?

Expert practitioners and unparalleled support. The MSNs small class sizes and faculty of licensed nurses, specialists in their chosen field, ensure you received individualized support throughout the program.

Flexibility format for work/life balance. Our faculty are nurses so they know firsthand what it’s like to earn your MSN while working fulltime. The asynchronous course format makes it easy to find time to review materials and complete assignments in between shifts and without missing out on any outside obligations.

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Learn to Lead

In the Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you will gain the skills required to advance within the healthcare industry and emerge as a principled nurse leader. The program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working RNs, allowing you to further your education without disrupting your professional and personal obligations. 

Queens also offers an RN to MSN pathway. If you are a registered nurse with an active RN license, you can earn your MSN with Queens in just over two years. Take two additional courses prior to the MSN core curriculum and you will be on your way to career advancement. If you already have your BSN or bachelor’s degree in another field, you will then focus on coursework that specifically supports your career goals through your choice of one of four MSN tracks.

Choose from four tracks of study: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics

As a student, you will acquire the skills needed to improve healthcare while evaluating and applying nursing knowledge. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing theory and health policy’s impact on your organization and practice.

No Campus Residency Required. Choose a Clinical Near You

With no on-campus residency requirement and the ability to complete the program’s clinical requirement in a location near you, Queens’ online MSN offers you unsurpassed flexibility.

CCNE-Accredited Curriculum 

37 credit hours

6 core courses

With accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the online MSN curriculum consists of 37 credit hours. The core program includes six courses encompassing nursing knowledge resources, theory, and policy. The remaining six courses are dependent on your chosen leadership track.

Choose from 4 Tracks

Clinical Nurse Leader MSN Track: Learn how to improve outcomes, synthesize data and implement evidence-based care to bridge the divide between patients and interdisciplinary teams.

Nurse Educator MSN Track: Learn how to infuse your personal experience into curriculum development, teaching strategies, and methods for student and program evaluation so you can train the next generation of nurses.

Nurse Administrator Track: Learn to work as part of an executive team, make critical business decisions, and manage the balance of the access, cost, and quality of healthcare for your organization.

Nursing Informatics MSN Track: Learn how to enhance healthcare decision-making and patient care by participating in the analysis, design and implementation of information and communication systems.

Those who select the RN-MSN pathway to entry will take an additional two courses (six credit hours) for a total of 43 credit hours.


“My Queens education has opened doors for me. Not only did our professors give us the information and resources to expand our knowledge base, they also challenged us as people and as leaders to really take an introspective look.”

– Laura Cassidy, MSN ’12

What You Will Learn

After completing the program, you will be able to:

High Job Growth. High Demand for MSN.

The nursing field is expanding rapidly in the number of positions and titles available. 

1.8 million positions needing to be filled between 2014 and 2024.1

Average annual salaries can span from $74,000 to almost $90,000 per year.2

The top 10% of CNLs earn more than $108,000 per year.3

By 2030, 1 million of the RNs employed in 2017 will be retired.4 Now is a great time to earn to your advanced nursing degree so you can take on greater responsibilities in patient care, leading executive teams, and educating future generations.


Access more opportunity from Queens University of Charlotte’s strong connections to two of North Carolina’s premier healthcare systems.

Explore Our Four Tracks

The online MSN program offers you four distinct tracks, so you can customize your course of study to align with your career goals. A specialized MSN degree can position you for higher-paying positions as a Clinical Nurse Leader, nurse educator, administrator, or the growing field of nursing informatics.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Educator

Prepare to teach new nurses in the academic setting or guide experienced nurses in a healthcare setting.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Administrator

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader

Champion patient care, act as bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nursing Informatics

Participate in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems. Study the effectiveness of nursing communications, review informatics research, and learn to deliver the education of nursing informatics and information technology.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the MSN from Queens University of Charlotte, you need:

No GRE is required for admission.

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Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid

Queens’ is committed to providing you with an exceptional and affordable nursing education. The online MSN program costs $572 per credit hour, plus a $35 clinical fee per semester.


Figuring out how to pay for your education shouldn’t be intimidating. Many of our students use Federal Financial Assistance to offset their tuition, and you may qualify, too.

Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.


Expert Faculty Mentorship

To become a nurse leader, you have to learn from other nurse leaders. Experts in the field whose passion and leadership have delivered results at the patient level and beyond.

At Queens University of Charlotte, every MSN instructor is a nurse and a specialist in their field, and our track leaders all teach in the program. Thanks to our small class sizes, you will benefit from their direct support and get answers to your questions, as well as individualized attention.


The Online Student Experience and It’s Advantages

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. You will benefit from smaller class sizes and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.


Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

Each track in the Master of Science in Nursing program will take two years to complete if you take two courses per semester, which is considered full-time. If you choose to study part-time, you can complete the program within four years.

View the CNL course plan, the nurse educator course plan, the nurse administrator course plan, or the nursing informatics course plan.

Growth in the nursing field will be strong over the next decade, with most nursing roles showing at least 14% growth, and some roles much higher, such as nursing instructors, which indicates 24% growth, according to Burning Glass Labor Insight.

Yes. To be considered for the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must have either a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE, or be an RN with another type of bachelor’s degree.

In addition, you must also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.00 scale—as well as evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program. See the MSN Admission Requirements page for more information.

Your tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing program will cost approximately $20,350. Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees, and other costs you might incur. See the MSN Tuition page for more information.

If you take two courses per semester, that would be considered full-time; however, you can also study on a part-time basis if you prefer.

There are six core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing program that must be completed, regardless of which track you choose. Then, you will complete your credit hours with courses specific to your chosen track. See the MSN Curriculum page for more information.

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  3. Payscale (2020 February 6). Average Clinical Nurse Leader Salary. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  4. Buerhaus, Peter I., PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP; Skinner, Lucy E., BA; Auerbach, David I., PhD; and Staiger, Douglas O., PhD (2017 July). Four Challenges Facing the Nursing Workforce in the United States. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from