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Master of Science in Nursing

Are you ready to take a more active role in delivering quality healthcare and shaping health policy? Through the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Creighton’s College of Nursing, you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills you need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.

How earning an MSN from Creighton sets you apart

Nurses who possess a comprehensive set of skills are in high demand because they help to ensure the best outcomes for patients. A Master in Science of Nursing indicates that you’ve not only expanded your knowledge of patient care, but that you’ve also advanced your skills in communication, leadership and critical thinking. Creighton University’s nursing programs are recognized for developing highly skilled, compassionate nurses ready to take on careers in Nursing leadership and education.

You’ll be able to address, prevent and resolve ethical dilemmas and situations using moral reasoning and values-based dialogue that you strengthened while in the program. These highly sought skills are an essential part of your Creighton education, and they position you for success in a variety of practice environments, including schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities and more.

A degree that meets you where you are in life

Creighton’s MSN is a flexible, online program that’s designed to fit into your busy schedule. You can complete the bulk of your master’s degree in nursing online, although you are required to have some visits to campus. You can be a full-time or part-time student—whatever best fits your life. And, you’re not required to take the GRE or submit a thesis.

Clinical practice is necessary to participate in upper-level clinical courses. However, if you haven’t completed the necessary hours, you can still start your degree. We regularly admit new graduates, who may take core graduate courses prior to completing the 2,000 hours of clinical practice necessary for the upper-level clinical courses.


The name change from Clinical Systems Administration to Nursing Administration and Leadership was implemented to more accurately describe the nursing leadership programs offered at Creighton University. In addition, the name change provides clarity for prospective students looking for an advanced nursing leadership program.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Nursing

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

May 1

October 1

October 1


  • Active unencumbered RN license with NE eligibility
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor/employer
  • Personal statement
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course (or equivalent)
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Additional requirements for international students



The MSN program is designed to prepare nurses who:

  • Analyze theoretical concepts and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines relevant to advanced nursing practice in the provision and improvement of health care.
  • Assume leadership in designing, managing and implementing quality, cost-effective, and innovative services to clients in a variety of health care settings.
  • Incorporate knowledge of population-based care and cultural influences in ensuring appropriate and sensitive health care.
  • Influence health policy formulation and implementation to address socioeconomic and health care issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and utilizing research from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve practice.
  • Engage in a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to resolve/address ethical dilemmas/situations.
  • Demonstrate competency in an advanced nursing role


Through the MSN program, you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.

To help you achieve your goals, our MSN program offers these specializations:

  • Nursing Administration and Leadership MSN—work as an innovative and collaborative leader in health care organizations, improving the quality of health care. View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Nursing Education—Work as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings using foundational knowledge in teaching and learning principles, assessment, and curricular design. View the course requirements of this specialization. 

Students who successfully complete Creighton’s Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education are eligible to apply 15 credit hours of their graduate coursework upon admission to Creighton’s Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership (EdD) program. This terminal degree program offers a values-based curriculum focused on developing ethical leaders who can make a positive impact on the world around them. Learn more about obtaining your EdD from Creighton University.

Creighton University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who work to ensure student success.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a BSN from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
    • Must include verification of clinical/practicum hours completed in master’s or certificate program
  • Submit three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer, who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Submit a personal statement speaking to your long- and short-term goals
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course or equivalent 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Additional requirements for international students

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Creighton’s admissions committee must receive an official evaluation from WES directly. Photo copies will not be accepted.

World Education Services
PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745;
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 966-6395

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students. Ability to speak and write correct grammatical English is imperative. All applicants who are not native speakers of English or who have obtained a high school diploma or degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL score of 600 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) or iBT score of at least 100. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the ETS (the testing agency) to send original TOEFL scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121). The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a United States university.

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International applicants must also meet English language proficiency requirements

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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Creighton University offers a dual master’s degree program to graduate students who are interested in earning their MSN and Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution simultaneously.


As a Creighton College of Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. See some of the student organizations and service opportunities available to you.

Tuition & Financial Aid

We’re ready to help you apply for federal aid, find scholarships and more. Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

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