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Online MSN Program Master's in Nursing Degree

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Register By: January 01 Classes Start: January 03

Fast Track Your Online MSN

  • Low tuition: $627 per credit (most tracks 36 credits; FNP track is 51)
  • Choose from 5 program tracks aligned with the latest AACN Essentials
  • Complete in as few as 1.5 years for most tracks (under 2 years for FNP track)
  • Learn from the experts: 100% doctorally prepared faculty
  • Program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1
  • No entrance exams required

Online MSN Degree Program Overview

Earn your nursing degree faster with our affordable online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Southern New Hampshire University.

Healthcare is evolving at a rapid pace. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these changes – creating even more opportunities for nurses like you to take the next step in your career.

You're ready. But with challenges of time, tuition and a demanding work schedule, it feels impossible to go further.

At SNHU, it is possible. We understand the barriers standing between you and your goals. That's why we've updated our online MSN to help you break through to the next phase of your career.

Our online MSN offers:

A way to fast track your degree. With 5 career-focused program tracks and fewer credits to earn your degree (36 for most MSN tracks; 51 for the family nurse practitioner track), you can earn your MSN in as fast as 1.5 years. At SNHU, you have the flexibility to take one or two courses per term, allowing you to accelerate at times that fit your life and schedule.

Plus, at only $627 per credit, you can take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. For the four 36 credit tracks, this means you pay under $23,000 in tuition. The FNP track is 51 credits, meaning students would pay approximately $32,000 in tuition plus the cost of the immersion experience.

More options. Our 5 affordable tracks can help prepare you for various career paths. Whether you want to become a family nurse practitioner (FNP), nurse leader, educator, population health professional or an advocate for healthcare quality and safety, you can tailor your MSN degree to your goals.

Advanced skills. Each track is aligned to the latest American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials, helping you build the critical-thinking, leadership and evidence-based practice skills you need to provide equitable care in any number of healthcare environments. Plus, 100% of our faculty are doctorally prepared – giving you the industry expertise and insider knowledge you need to get ahead.

"The learning experience goes beyond being simply academic to practical in my everyday work," said Les Rothrock '15, a graduate of the MSN program at SNHU. "It has given me the edge to be better prepared and equipped in doing my job. I have learned how to research and problem solve issues in my work as well."

Our online MSN program has been designed with the future of the nursing profession in mind, while keeping a finger on the pulse of the current healthcare industry. This is especially important now, as new therapies, technologies and complex medical treatments to address patient needs are introduced on a daily basis. Not only that – healthcare legislation and regulation continue to evolve.

To keep quality of care aligned with the industry's expectations and demands, healthcare organizations need highly educated nurses to fill leadership roles.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program at SNHU prepares you with the key competencies necessary for continuous improvement of the safety and quality of healthcare systems.

Learn how to:

  • Propose initiatives and technologies that facilitate decision-making for patient care
  • Motivate change and drive improvement in healthcare
  • Create health prevention and promotion initiatives
  • Generate solutions for navigating quality and cost in healthcare excellence
  • Advocate for policies and effective systems that meet the needs of consumers
  • Build effective working relationships across organizations

No BSN yet? No problem! SNHU offers an accelerated online RN to MSN pathway option that allows eligible registered nurses to achieve their MSN faster and for less money. The RN to MSN accelerated pathway can be applied to the nursing education and population healthcare tracks.

Fast Track Your MSN

Ready for the next phase of your career? With SNHU's 5 MSN program tracks — updated to align with today’s healthcare standards — you'll be on your way to earn your degree faster, for less.

MSN Track Options

No 2 nurses are the same; your professional experience and passion for what you do is unique. That's why we offer 5 unique tracks to help prepare you for the role and setting for the next step in your career. Choose from 5 MSN tracks built to align with your career goals:

Career Outlook

Healthcare and nursing are changing fast – our online MSN can help you keep up.

Bonnie Fecowicz with text: Bonnie Fecowicz "At Southern New Hampshire University, the quality of the [MSN] program has allowed me to advance my career into more diverse roles as a director of nursing," said Bonnie Fecowicz '16, now a director of professional development and education at a New Hampshire hospital. "I use everything I learn every day in my position."

In 2021, the National Academy of Medicine published ''The Future of Nursing: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity'' – a long-awaited follow-up to the ground-breaking 2010 report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."

"By 2030, the nursing profession will look vastly different and will be caring for a changing America," the report said.

"Nurses will need to be educated to care for a population that is both aging, with declining mental and physical health, and becoming increasingly diverse; to engage in new professional roles; to adapt to new technologies; to function in a changing policy environment; and to lead and collaborate with professionals from other sectors and professions."4

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nurses with advanced skills and other medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.2 The median annual pay in May 2020 for these managerial roles was $104,280.2

Some top medical centers – including ANCC Magnet designated hospitals – consider advanced degrees a minimum requirement for their nurses. A master's in nursing degree can expand your nursing career employment and leadership opportunities and prepare you to serve in many roles depending on your chosen track.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online MSN Degree

Courses & Curriculum

The master's in nursing online degree is designed to help you build key competencies you need for nursing practice at the master's level.

All online MSN tracks begin with the same 5 core courses – giving you the opportunity to explore before you choose the direction you want to go.

The 5 core courses are:

  • Role Development and the Transformation of the MSN Nurse. In this course, you'll explore the roles of an MSN professional nurse. This includes the differentiation of the APRN role and scope of practice and development of a plan for career-long learning. You'll evaluate practice experiences and explore the influence of healthcare systems, policy and trends in shaping MSN professional practice. Finally, you'll continue to form and cultivate your professional nursing identity through critique, engagement and the development of inter-professional relationships.
  • Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare. In this course, you'll develop the skills of an MSN professional working in complex healthcare systems to promote a culture of safety and quality outcomes. You'll learn how to challenge assumptions, be prepared to proactively take action based on timely and reliable information and create solutions that anticipate needs across the four spheres of care: prevention and promotion of health and well-being, chronic disease care, regenerative care, and hospice/palliative care. You'll cultivate leadership, communication skills and strategies to promote interprofessional team collaboration and strengthen partnerships – thereby improving outcomes across a variety of settings.
  • Epidemiological and Biostatistical Applications in Healthcare. This course focuses on the principles and foundations in epidemiology and biostatistics for healthcare application. You'll evaluate basic concepts of disease transmission and study designs as you learn how to quantify disease progression and assess risk factors. You'll gain skills in the application of data collection, data analysis and hypothesis testing to health data as a way to support health promotion, disease prevention and clinical decision-making.
  • Global Health & Diversity. In this course, you'll explore major global health challenges and their impact on healthcare delivery systems. Topics explored include determinants of health, multiple approaches to advance health, social justice principles and strategies to advocate for social justice. You'll gain critical knowledge to apply social justice and human rights principles to address global health and wellness in the face of a more diverse patient population.
  • Evidence-Based Practice & Scholarly Inquiry. This course can help you translate evidence-based practice that is essential for continuous improvement in a variety of healthcare settings. Course topics include the use of scholarly inquiry, evaluation of existing clinical practice guidelines, critical analysis and synthesis of the best evidence to inform practice. You'll gain skills in using various databases for retrieving scholarly evidence and best practices to improve healthcare outcomes, and then apply evidence-based practices to the role of an MSN professional.

Each online MSN program track integrates hands-on learning to help you succeed in the role of your choice. Plus, you'll get the expert instruction of our full-time faculty – 100% of whom are doctorally prepared – giving you the insider knowledge you need to get ahead.

"The instructors at Southern New Hampshire University are professionals, they're friendly and they connect to you as a person," said Bonnie Fecowicz '16. "They share their personal lives with you and want you to share yours."

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Clinical practice experience (CPE): Clinical practice hours are incorporated into all graduate nursing programs accredited by CCNE. SNHU incorporates these authentic learning experiences into your MSN program through indirect and direct clinical experiences. You'll be able to achieve these CPE hours through coursework and assignments and time spent with a preceptor. Connect with our Student Experience team to learn more about clinical practice experiences by track.

Students enrolled in the MSN program must comply with requirements of the organizations where their clinical practice experiences/practicum will be completed. These requirements may include (but are not limited to) a criminal background check, active and unencumbered license verification, immunization records, professional liability insurance. Students may incur additional costs to meet organizational requirements (ex. drug screening, physical examination co-pay, etc.). These requirements must be met prior to registering for the clinical practice experience course. 

It is a requirement that nursing students carry their own medical malpractice insurance while enrolled in practicum courses. At least two terms prior to the start of the clinical components, students will be required to demonstrate proof of having an active individual medical malpractice certificate.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Students enrolled in MSN programs may be subject to ongoing licensure checks through a third party vendor, additional fees will apply and may vary by state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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