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FAQ for Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

What graduate nursing programs are offered?

We currently offer two specializations for the M.S. degree in Nursing:

  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nursing education

We also offer a post-master’s certificate in nursing education.

How long do I have to complete my degree?

You have six years to complete the program.

Can graduate courses taken at another university count toward a degree at NIU?

All coursework for the post-master’s certificate must be taken at NIU.

Do I have to start the program in the fall semester?

No, students are admitted to the graduate nursing programs in both the spring and fall.

What does it mean to be a "student-at-large"?

Before being admitted to the program, applicants may take up to nine credit hours as a student-at-large. Once admitted, approved credits are applied to your degree. Students-at-large are not guaranteed admission to the program and are not given priority registration.

For more information or to apply as a student-at-large, go to the Graduate School website.

Where are graduate nursing courses held?

All graduate programs are online.

Is it possible to take classes part-time?

Yes, the majority of our students attend school part-time (one or two courses per semester).

How do I know what courses will be required?

Course requirements for each of the graduate specializations are listed in the graduate catalog.

How do I know when courses are offered?

Refer to the master course schedule (pdf), but note that courses are subject to change at any time.

You can also check MyNIU for scheduled courses for the upcoming semester as registration approaches.

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