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Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader, B.S.N. to M.N.)

Gain advanced leadership skills in healthcare in the Master of Nursing program. The program prepares candidates to act as client advocates and leaders in the healthcare industry, and to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL) certification exam at the conclusion of their studies.

Nursing – Master of Nursing (M.N.)

Master of Nursing candidates at Montana State prepare for roles in client advocacy and team management, folding in leadership and advanced clinical experience to prepare students for roles within the clinical world such as nurse managers, chief nursing officers, clinical instructors, and nursing educators. For those students with a B.S.N. degree and current unencumbered license, the M.N. degree program is offered in a traditional five-semester format.




Teaching staff in the nursing department include professor Peter Buerhaus, who recently co-authored a paper about the aging physician workforce in rural areas that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.



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Rural Health Outreach
Montana State’s College of Nursing is a national leader in rural nursing research through the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center.

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Caring For Our Own
The Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP) offers support to Native American and Alaska Native nursing students and prepares them for practice, management and leadership to serve American Indian communities.

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Rural Ready Health Practitioner Program
Students in the Rural Ready Nurse Practitioner Program will receive additional education to address being part of a rural community and be eligible to receive up to $17,500 per year for tuition, travel and more.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources theCollege of Nursing and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, teaching or research assistantships may be available to selected graduate students.

Distance Learning

Montana State’s graduate programs in the College of Nursing are designed to fit into students’ busy working schedules with distance learning. All graduate courses are offered primarily online, with a variety of class activities that are able to be completed at any time. Video conferencing with faculty and classmates complements the coursework.





Careers after Graduation

M.N alumni in Nursing embark on a wide range of careers within 10-years of their graduation.

Nearly 66% are working in academia and about 33% for government. Top industry employers include Montana State University and county health offices.

Across all career paths the estimated salary of alumni within 10 years of graduation ranges from $100,000 to $110,000 with an average of $105,000 (source of data Academic Analytics).


Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Master of Nursing program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Master of Nursing program. This includes any additional deadlines that the College of Nursing may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.