Gain advanced leadership skills in healthcare in the Master of Nursing program, which prepare candidates to act as client advocates and leaders in the healthcare industry, as well as sitting 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. The MN degree program can be offered both in a traditional five-semester format or through the accelerated ADRN to MN program, which empowers registered nurses with a RN associate degree to apply their on-the-job knowledge towards their completion of the degree.
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.
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.
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. For interested students, Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds may be available to those willing to commit to four years of teaching fulltime upon graduation.
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, and travel to Bozeman is limited to once a year.
Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Masters of Nursing program is not different. Below are the criteria and admissions material that should be used as a guide to help as you apply to our graduate programs:
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
- ADRN earned from a nationally accredited institution of higher education, which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings
- Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse. If clinical education is to be completed in Montana, licensure in Montana is required
- Minimum of two years of clinical experience as a registered nurse that demonstrates increasing leadership in nursing
- Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee
- For international students: a TOEFL score of 580 or computer equivalent, if applicable
Although the Graduate Program at Montana State does practice rolling admissions, the Masters of Nursing program follows these deadlines for each semester:
- Fall: December 15 for all applicants