Pennsylvania State University

World Campus


Program Information

Degree Offered:

Master of Science in Nursing

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offered by Penn State is designed to help you advance your career as a nurse administrator or nurse educator.

The rapid evolution of the health care environment along with the links between advanced nursing degrees and positive patient outcomes means that updating your education is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. The online learning format offered by Penn State World Campus makes it possible for you to fit an MSN degree program into your life. The flexibility of studying when and where you want can give you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need for advancement in your career as a nursing professional.

All students in the 37-credit MSN program will take a set of core courses designed to help you understand the complex issues and trends specific to nursing while also providing you with a broad understanding of the dynamic health care industry from global, health policy, and economic perspectives. Then, depending on your professional goals and career aspirations, you will choose one of two options in the degree program—nurse administrator or nurse educator.

Nurse Administrator
The curriculum in the Nurse Administrator option can provide you with the sophisticated knowledge of organizational leadership, health policy, and evidence-based health care delivery. The courses in this option can also help prepare you for national certification as a nurse executive.

Nurse Educator
The courses in the Nurse Educator option can give you an in-depth understanding of evidence-based teaching and learning principles, curriculum development, and evaluative techniques in the field of nursing. In addition, the curriculum can help to prepare you for national certification as a nurse educator.

As a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree, you’ve already made a substantial commitment to the field of nursing. Now, take the next step toward advancing your career in leadership or educational positions with Penn State’s online MSN degree. Contact us today to learn more!


Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional higher education accreditation bodies for the United States.Penn State's graduate nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-887-6791).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 37

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $761 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+