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A graduate education in nursing leads to exciting career opportunities and will prepare you for a bright and fulfilling future. Bobcat Nurses make important contributions to nursing through advanced clinical expertise, leadership, and teaching. 


Bobcat Nursing graduates have become:

  • Nurse Managers
  • Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs)
  • Magnet Status Coordinators
  • Clinical Instructors
  • Quality Improvement Coordinators
  • College Faculty

As an MN degree graduate, you are eligible to take the certification examination as a Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL). A Certificate in Nursing Education can be taken concurrently with the MN degree.

Program Overview

All graduate nursing courses are taught by College of Nursing faculty using distance delivery methods.  This means you may complete your clinical education near your home, when possible. MSU College of Nursing faculty are recognized nationally for their broad and wide-ranging expertise.

Professional Project: You will complete a MN Professional Project developed in collaboration with a faculty chairperson and committee. Examples of exciting and innovative student projects include: assessment of medical errors on a medical surgical unit, improving communication between patients and care team – the foundation for patient satisfaction, and developing a cardiac services nurse residency program. 

Distance Graduate Program: All graduate courses are offered online with teleconference and video conference used to supplement content. See teaching methods for more information. You will travel to Bozeman at the beginning of each Fall semester.  Applications are limited to students from states: MT, OR, UT, WY, ID, WA, CO, or AK.

Technical Requirements: You must have proficiency with and access to a computer with Internet capabilities. This information sheet will give you more specific information about the Technical Requirements.

The College of Nursing accepts applications to the Masters in Nursing Program on a rolling basis. Students accepted to the program may begin their coursework any semester, based on the following application deadlines: Fall Start: July 15; Spring Start: December 1; Summer Start: April 1. For more information, contact [email protected].

BSN to MN Program

The BSN to MN Program prepares graduates with advanced leadership skills to be applied in the healthcare delivery system across a wide range of settings. Functions include; client advocacy, team manger, information manager,  outcomes manager, systems analyst/risk anticipator, educator, and active professional. The Montana State Board of Nursing has identified a Master's in Nursing Degree as the minimum qualification for the registered nurse educator role.


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CNL Certification

After successful completion of the Master’s in Nursing  - Clinical Nurse Leadership program, which includes 405 practice hours with 315 hours of immersion in CNL practice, students will be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Examination offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).  Students are encouraged to sit for the CNL certification exam as soon after graduation as possible. 

Contact [email protected] with Graduate Admissions questions.





The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Montana State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (