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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. 

The School of Nursing offers online graduate programs designed to give nurses advanced skills and knowledge in specialized nursing. The Master of Science in nursing includes two specializations: nurse education or family nurse practitioner.

Earning your graduate degree can bring you more career opportunities as well as increased respect within your profession. An M.S. in Nursing also allows you to pursue your interest areas and opens the door for educational leadership opportunities.

Our program provides the flexibility to continue your education while still working in the field.

M.S. in Nursing Education

M.S., Family Nurse Practitioner

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 program in nursing at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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