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MS Program

Master's Degree in Nursing

Earn Your Master of Science in Nursing

The CU College of Nursing master of science in nursing program is designed to prepare nurses for direct and indirect care roles.

Our graduates are prepared to formulate clinical, administrative or policy decisions to promote health with clients experiencing wellness, acute or chronic illness and to develop, manage and evaluate the care within communities and health care systems.

This program is structured to provide a foundation for career paths for future leaders in indirect care roles in nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) until December 31, 2019.

Available Specialty Programs

Students select from nine different specialties, five of which include an interdisciplinary urban underserved (CU-UNITE) track. Past coursework to be applied toward the degree will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The specific courses required for each specialty option are on the specialty pages.


Expected Master's Program Outcomes

  1. Implement caring and competent nursing practice with individuals, families, and communities based on understanding the human experience of health, illness, and healing.
  2. Integrate the ethical use of technology and information systems to augment the human capacity for health, facilitate decision-making, support collaboration, and foster communication.
  3. Promote health of local to global communities through promoting safe environments and safe and effective health care addressing the interaction among individuals, communities, and their environmental contexts.
  4. Manage care to achieve quality, cost effective and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for individuals, families, and populations.
  5. Engage in leadership to promote social justice related to access, quality and socio-cultural acceptability of health care through relationship-centered caring, advocacy and empowerment.
  6. Negotiate and adapt the delivery and management of health care and health systems for diverse populations and environments.
  7. Practice relationship-centered caring through self-awareness by developing and maintaining respectful relationships, communicating effectively and integrating the influence of the human experience of health, illness, and healing.
  8. Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  9. Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing, healthcare, and reflective caring practice.
  10. Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state of the art nursing practice and to facilitate the education of future practitioners, paraprofessionals, and healthy communities.