Masters of Nursing (MN) Degree

BSN to MN Distance Graduate Education

The Masters of Nursing (MN) graduate degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). MN graduate students are educated to be leaders at the bedside with a broad range of opportunities to influence health practices and are prepared to take certification examinations as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).  

Synopsis: The MN degree curriculum is taught by faculty in the College of Nursing and Engineering who have systems and clinical leadership experience and expertise. Rich clinical opportunities exist in Montana for nurses seeking to expand their outreach and grow to the level of clinical nurse leader, which is an important advanced generalist role in nursing. The college provides educational preparation plus exciting opportunities to practice in rural and frontier areas of Montana. MSU College of Nursing faculty are recognized nationally for their broad and wide-ranging expertise. 

Scholarship: Each student completes a MN Professional Project developed in collaboration with a faculty chairperson and committee. Examples of exciting and innovative student projects include: development of mental health outreach programs to the rural elderly; examination of alternative health practices for healing; establishment of pediatric cancer support groups for the rural client; and development of a school based clinic. An oral defense of the professional project is required for MN students. 

Distance Graduate Program: All graduate courses are offered primarily online with teleconference and video conference used to supplement content. See teaching methods for more information. Travel to Bozeman is required at the beginning of each Fall semester. 

Technical Requirements: Proficiency in the use of a computer and access to a computer with Internet capabilities is required for graduate students who are admitted to the program: refer to Technical Requirements (pdf). 

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To Apply

  • Complete and submit application online to the MSU Graduate School at:  Note: after creating an account, at the bottom of page 1 of the application, click “Masters Degree” for Educational Goal, then, on page 2, click “Master of Nursing – BSN to MN”.

  • Application Deadline is February 15th

Admission Requirements

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited upper division program, which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings, including community/public health and management. 
  2. Successful completion of undergraduate courses in physical assessment, community/public health, research, and statistics (which included inferential statistics). 
  3. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse.  If clinical educational experiences are to be completed in Montana, licensure in Montana is required. 
  4. Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee.
  5. TOEFL score of 580 or computer equivalent, if applicable.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience is not required for the BSN to MN degree (Clinical Nurse Leader). 

MN Degree Program of Study

An overall 3.0 GPA is required for graduation with a Masters of Nursing degree

Course Descriptions 

Program Costs

  • Estimated Expenses
    • Current MSU Graduate Tuition – scroll down to Graduate Cost of Attendance.
  • MSU Fee Schedule
    • Graduate Nursing Program Fee: $55.10  per credit hour for Academic Years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

      This fee is used to offset additional costs inherent in clinically-based graduate education such as teaching models, simulation equipment, specialized computer programs, and travel to arrange and supervise clinical education across the state. Fees also are used to replace and upgrade the interactive video equipment used for distance delivery of graduate courses.
  • International Students


Financial Assistance

Teaching or research assistantships may be available to selected graduate students. Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds may be available to students willing to commit to four years of teaching fulltime upon graduation. Additional information can be found in the Graduate Scholarship Information (PDF).  

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