FAQ for Nursing (M.S.)

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 from the start-date of any transferred coursework.

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

You may transfer up to six semester hours of coursework toward a master’s degree. However, all coursework for the post-master's certificate in nursing must be taken at NIU.

What are the requirements for admission to the Nursing M.S. degree graduate programs?

The complete list of requirements is found in the current graduate catalog.

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 plan my course sequence?You should plan you tentative sequence prior to meeting with your faculty advisor using the form for your specialization: Family Nurse Practitioner, or Nursing Education. Your faculty advisor will review and discuss your plan with you before approving it.

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