Master of Science, Nursing (MSN)

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If you’re ready to take the next step in your nursing career, then it’s time to take a closer look at the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Salem University. Our 100% fully online MSN program builds upon what you’ve learned in your BSN coursework and during any on-the-job experience to prepare you to step into roles as leaders in the field of nursing. Whether you’ve been looking for a nurse practitioner program or the opportunity to become a nurse educator or another managerial or education role, a master’s in nursing is a vital step to gaining the practical and theoretical knowledge to push your career forward.

Salem’s online MSN covers topics like:

  • Evidence-based research findings as a foundation for advanced nursing roles
  • Using critical thinking and systematic inquiry to develop strategies to support advanced patient care across a variety of age categories and healthcare environments
  • Professional values and legal and ethical principles to improve health outcomes and services
  • Evaluating cultural and socially diverse concepts to boost patient care and health outcomes
  • Advocating for policies and financial approaches that promote and preserve public health
  • Designing strategies that prioritize professional development and lifelong learning

Students will choose a specialization in either Nursing Administration or Nursing Education, but all MSN students will complete a capstone project that analyzes a significant issue related to their field. Salem’s Master of Science in Nursing combines evidence-based practice with theory and research so that our graduates feel ready to step forward and take the lead in the complex, dynamic environment of healthcare.


Higher education has evolved rapidly from where it was when Salem University was founded in 1888, and we take pride in the fact that we have evolved with it, pioneering new and innovative ways to bring our undergraduate and graduate degree programs to today’s students. The fact that our master’s in nursing program is fully online means that you can complete it wherever you are, without having to quit your current job. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to your nursing work, and your experience in the field will help you get more out of what you learn in your studies. We also utilize a unique monthly format that allows you to take one course at a time, switching every four weeks, making it easier for you to fit classwork into your busy life and responsibilities.

The Salem University, Master of Science in Nursing program delivered via distance education has pre-accreditation candidacy from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lusetha Rolle, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services.


Our master’s in nursing program includes several core courses:

  • MSN505 Theoretical Basis & Role Development for Advanced Nursing
  • MSN510 Advanced Research, Inquiry, and Evidence-Based Practice
  • MSN 515 Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics
  • MSN520 Leadership in Health Care Environments
  • MSN525 Health Care Informatics and Technology
  • MSN599 Capstone

For the Nursing Administration concentration, you’ll take:

  • MSN550 Organizational Behavior and Workforce Management
  • MSN555 Finance and Economics for Nursing Leadership
  • MSN560 Complex Health Systems Planning and Resource Management
  • MSN565 Population Health Management, Quality Improvement and Safety

For the Nursing Education concentration, you’ll take:

  • MSN 570 Curriculum and Program Development
  • MSN575 Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching & Learning
  • MSN580 Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation in Nursing Education
  • MSN585 Educational Technology


With our Master of Science in Nursing program, you can be prepared to take your career to the next level in roles like:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Researcher
  • Nurse Educator
  • Legal Nurse Consultant



Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.



Nurses who wish to apply to the MSN online program must:

  • Hold a current, unrestricted RN license in the student’s state of residence.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Maintain licensure throughout the program of study.




Students applying to one of Salem’s nursing programs must have their official transcripts sent to Salem from each post-secondary academic institution they have previously attended, regardless of whether or not they are wanting to transfer any courses. All official transcripts must be received by the end of the student’s first course or the student will be administratively dropped from the nursing program.


Due to the situation regarding COVID-19, the deadline for receipt of “official” transcripts may be extended. Should a nursing student fail to receive notice from any academic institution (prior to their start date), confirming that their “official” transcript has been sent, they must contact Noel Shaver at for an appropriate extension. If students have any further concerns regarding this requirement, please contact Noel Shaver for clarification.

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