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Master of Science

Chief nursing officer Peterman consults with an RN

The Master of Science degree program at the University of Kansas School of Nursing offers a flexible learning environment to prepare nurses for leadership roles in various health care organizations and settings. The nationally ranked KU master's program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

All required courses in the MS program are offered in an online format, using web conferencing and other teaching strategies to discuss and present class content.  Each specialty area also includes practicum experiences to provide students the opportunity to apply academic theory and acquired skills in one or more health care settings. Degree completion requires 37 to 39 credit hours, depending on the focus area.  Master's students can finish the program in 2 years of full-time study, or 3 to 4 years of part-time study.

The master's program curriculum includes the following components:

Common Core: Nursing courses that provide the core knowledge and skills essential to the nurse practicing in any advanced area of nursing.

Leadership Core: Nursing courses that provide the theoretical basis for the Leadership specialty areas.

Research Project in Nursing: All students complete a 2-credit hour, semester-long research project. The project is supervised by a graduate faculty member.

Functional Specialty Core: Courses provide the information necessary for practice in an advanced area of nursing. Specializations are available in the following focus areas:


Nursing Licensure

The MS program leads to an academic credential and is not a licensure preparation program. Students interested in advanced nursing practice certification enroll in one of our advanced practice DNP specialty programs.

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.

Last modified: Nov 16, 2020
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