Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing

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The School of Nursing offers a convenient online graduate program leading to a Master of Science in nursing. 

Graduates are prepared for an advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner or for a role in nursing education. Advanced practice graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations. Nursing education graduates are qualified to teach at the baccalaureate or associate’s degree level and to serve as educators in healthcare facilities. You may pursue our master's degree in nursing either full-time or part-time. You have six years to complete the program from the start-date of any transferred coursework. The majority of graduate nursing students are enrolled part-time. Graduate nursing courses are held online.

Once admitted to our program, the approval of the director of nursing graduate studies, you may transfer up to six semester hours of coursework. You may also transfer nine semester hours of coursework completed as an NIU student-at-large. No other credits may be transferred. Get information about current tuition rates

We will help you meet your educational goals alongside experienced student peers, distinguished faculty and a dedicated administration.

What Our Students Say

"NIU really prepares its students better than any of the other programs … Dr. Katie Coulter was as an excellent instructor! I learned more in my peds class than ever before. Her assignments really helped me learn the material and her lectures helped me to connect all the dots. That was an amazing class."by Faith Lloyd, FNP, ‘17

"I chose NIU because I knew we provide a good quality education, and produced graduates with great critical thinking skills because I was already working with them."by Maria Vanessa Simoy Mabazza, MSN, ‘17


The master’s degree in nursing at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Continuing Education
now available

We are opening our graduate-level skills courses up to registered nurses to attend for continuing education credit. These one day courses are held at the NIU School of Nursing in DeKalb and attendees can receive credit through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). The courses are taught by subject-matter experts and are also part of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum at NIU. Courses in X-ray interpretation, billing and coding prcesses, and orthopedic skills are available. Learn more or register.

We are currently accepting applications for the following programs:
  • MS-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MS-Nurse Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Education
  • Post-Master's DNP
  • DNP for Family Nurse Practitioner 

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Contact Us

School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1231
nursing@niu.edu