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Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Overview

Lead the next generation of nurses.

The huge number of retiring nurses presents more than a staffing shortage. It also means a renewed demand for nursing leadership.

Master’s-educated nursing leaders will be critically important to ensuring the next generation continues to deliver excellent care to those who need it most.

The huge number of retiring nurses presents more than a staffing shortage. It also means a renewed demand for nursing leadership.

Master’s-educated nursing leaders will be critically important to ensuring the next generation continues to deliver excellent care to those who need it most.

Program Highlights


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Learn to Lead

The Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide you with multiple pathways to becoming a nurse leader without interrupting your career. You are eligible for our flexible program whether you are an RN with an associate degree (RN to MSN pathway), an RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an RN with a bachelor’s degree in another field.

You will study the skills you need to improve healthcare while evaluating and applying nursing knowledge. First, gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing theory and health policy’s impact on your organization and practice. From there, select your learning track to help you prepare for your ideal career. Choose from Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or Nursing Informatics tracks.

Our MSN program can be completed in just two years. Earn the required clinical experience in a location near you.

Career Outlook: Advanced Skills to Make an Impact

Queens’ MSN program prepares you with the skills to lead a new generation of nurses.

You will benefit from rich opportunities to learn directly from nursing leaders. Because our Presbyterian School of Nursing is so close to two of North Carolina’s premier healthcare systems, you will also have immediate access to leading healthcare practitioners for advice and support.

Apply your passion for clinical practice and make an organizational impact as a Clinical Nurse Leader ($77,637 average salary1), ensure your team runs efficiently as a Nursing Director ($89,927 average salary),2 or train future and current nurses as a Nurse Educator ($74,642 average salary)3 or manage data, knowledge and technology to improve the nursing field as a Nurse Informaticist ($85,242 average salary).4


“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

Curriculum: CCNE-Accredited

The 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. You can choose from the Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Informatics tracks. 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.

The master’s degree in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Program Outcomes

After completing the program, you will be able to:

MSN Tracks

Select the track that meets your needs as a nurse leader, whether that be in a clinical, operational, or educational capacity.

Online MSN: Nurse Educator Track

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

Online MSN: Nurse Administrator Track

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

Online MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader Track

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

Online MSN: Nursing Informatics Track

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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Tuition Details

This 37-credit-hour program costs $550 per credit hour, plus a $35 clinical fee per semester. We are driven to offer you affordable rates and transparency on what you can expect to pay, so you can more easily accelerate your career.


Mentorship From Expert Faculty

Every MSN teacher 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.


Advantages of Online Learning

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed. Benefit from smaller class sizes that encourage more support, and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.


Financial Aid and Funding Options

Figuring out how to pay for your education can seem intimidating, but you have Queens on your side. Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.


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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  4. Payscale (February 11, 2020). Average Nursing Informatics Specialist Salary. Retrieved February 26, 2020, from