Master of Science - NIU - Nursing


Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a program of graduate studies leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in nursing that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Graduates are prepared for an advanced practice role (family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist) 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.

Courses and Program Scheduling

Nursing imageThe master's degree in nursing may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis. A student may also elect a thesis option that requires completion of at least 3 additional semester hours. Upon admission and with the approval of the Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, a maximum of 6 semester hours can be transferred from another college or university. Nine semester hours as a Northern Illinois University student-at-large may also be applied to the graduate program of study with approval of the Director of Nursing Graduate Study. No other credits may be transferred. A student is allowed 6 years to complete the master's program with the six-year clock beginning with all courses transferred into the program, not the date of admission into the graduate school.

The majority of graduate nursing students are enrolled part-time. To accommodate the student who is working and has many family and personal commitments, classes are held late afternoons and evenings, typically meeting once a week. Graduate courses in nursing are offered at our DeKalb campus. Several courses are offered online, every other time the course is offered. For example, if a course is offered online in fall semester, it will be a face-to-face course the next time it is offered. Because every course isn’t offered every semester, there may be semesters where one format will predominate.

The nursing graduate program draws students from throughout northern and central Illinois and many of the Chicago suburbs. Mature and experienced student peers, distinguished faculty, and an administration dedicated to helping you meet your educational goals are all elements designed to give you a quality education.