Master of Science in Nursing

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Currently Accepting Applications for Spring 2021!

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Program Overview

Offered by the College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI, the Master of Science in Nursing strives to ensure our graduate students are successful in their professional, personal, and academic careers.

Graduates of our Master of Science in Nursing program are able to integrate critical thinking, independent judgment, provide leadership, synthesize knowledge, and promote the essential values of caring in their professional and personal lives. 

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Ranked 31st Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs!

U.S. News and World Reports

42-44 Credit Hours

Tuition & Fees

We offer admission into the program once a year and work with our students to provide a plan of study that allows for timely graduation and achievement of their goals. 

The MSN and Post MSN online programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in MSN coursework. The exception to this is active military status.  

General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

Are you an out-of-state student interested in pursuing an online degree at USI or determining if the graduate nursing programs meet individual state requirements for employment?  Check your eligibility.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791, 202-887-6791 ( 

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Admission Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a regionally-accredited college or university earned prior to applying to the MSN program.
  • A minimum cumulative baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.  GPAs are reviewed based upon the total BSN GPA.  This includes transfer courses in RN Completion programs.
  • Satisfactory completion of a course in undergraduate statistics (grade C or better) at the time of application.
  • An unencumbered US RN license in all states of practice.
  • Recommended but not required: one year full-time or two thousand hours of clinical practice as an RN within the last five years.
Application Procedures

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2021. The next application deadline is February 1, 2021.

All application materials for admission review, including all transcripts, must be received by the proper departments by February 1 for fall admission. 

The MSN and Post MSN online programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only.  Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in MSN coursework.  The exception to this is active military status.

All students applying or reapplying for graduate studies at the University of Southern Indiana must submit the following materials to Graduate Studies in order to be eligible for graduate study at USI before the nursing application deadline:

The Nursing Admissions Committee cannot review your application without confirmation that your application to the University of Southern Indiana Graduate Studies is complete.

After submitting your graduate studies application, submit your USI Master of Science in Nursing program application. Once you have successfully submitted this application, you will receive a confirmation email that an application was submitted.This step also entails the following:

  • Current professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of professional goals.  In a typewritten paper (200 words) describe your academic and professional goals and how a graduate education will assist you in attaining these goals.  
  • Please submit the resume/curriculum vitae and the statement of professional goals as one pdf document, resume first, as an attachment via email from the email address you noted on your application to  Subject line of the email should be MSN Application Documents.  Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the document has been reviewed for completeness.
  • Two references submitted via the online Graduate Nursing Reference form.  This is an online reference form - please send the link provided to your reference and supply your reference with your email address in order for you to receive confirmation of reference form submission.

To begin the application process, visit the Let's Begin section of our site. 

Program Calendar 

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline
01/19 12/01 12/07
05/10 04/12
08/23 05/24 06/01

"The evidence-based practice that I have gained through different clinical guidelines have been key in furthering my knowledge and preparing me for a future as an Advanced Practice Nurse and as a future medical provider."

- Jordan Morrison, MSN Student

"I would advise future MSN students to work hard and not get discouraged. Though the program is challenging, it is as equally rewarding. At the end of the program, it pays off. When you go to take your board exams, you will be prepared. "

- Lusine Vardanyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN Graduate

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Dr. Mellisa Hall
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