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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 12 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. Participate in an interdisciplinary healthcare team as a leader and an active member to promote quality and safe care at the patient, family, population or system levels.
  2. Develop a professional, ethical, caring and culturally sensitive approach when working with patients, families, populations or systems.
  3. Integrate patient care technologies to improve patient, family, population or system outcomes.
  4. Use theoretical frameworks to address patient, family, population or system needs.
  5. Integrate evidence-based knowledge into managing the care of patients, families, populations or systems to improve and protect health and wellness in Colorado and beyond.
  6. Formulate strategies to advocate for patients, families, populations, systems or the nursing profession in Colorado and beyond.