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Nursing, M.S.N.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice in Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan, Advanced Clinical Nursing, or Systems/Populations Nursing.  Active concentrations in Advanced Clinical Practice include Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  Inactive concentrations include Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  Concentrations in Systems/Population include Community/Public Health Nursing; Nurse Administrator; and Nurse Educator.  Three post-master’s certificates are available: Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan.  Two graduate certificates are available: Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator.  Offerings of specific concentrations are dependent on sufficient enrollment.  Each concentration is individually described.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) advanced examination for relevant specialties and/or other professional certification exams.  Graduates completing the Nurse Anesthesia program will be eligible to take the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Certification exam.

Admission and Progression Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for graduate study in Nursing (see additional requirements for specific concentration):

  1. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse; current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
  2. Baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.  If the degree is not in Nursing and courses in Research, Leadership/Management, Aging and Health and Community Health are lacking, they will be required as part of the program of study (option available only to Nurse Administration, Community/Public Health Nursing, and Nurse Educator concentrations)
  3. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test or a previous Graduate degree with documentation of test scores
  4. One year of professional nursing practice is recommended
  5. An essay (statement of purpose) describing the applicant’s experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen concentration
  6. Overall GPA of at least 3.0 in the last degree earned
  7. Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or above
  8. See concentration admission requirements for application dates that vary from those published by the Graduate School

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree (Advanced Clinical Nursing and Systems/Populations Nursing only) before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see theDegree Requirements and Academic Policies  section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

Degree Requirements

The MSN degree requires completions of 36 to 67 graduate credit hours, depending on the concentration.  All concentrations require a Capstone Project.  Specific requirements and prerequisites for each specialty are listed below.  Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia are designed to accommodate full-time study.  Part-time study is available for some concentrations.  Many classes are held in the late afternoon or evening.

Up to a total of six graduate credit hours may be accepted from another college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body or from a post-baccalaureate program at UNC Charlotte.  All courses must be approved prior to transfer by the student’s advisor, the Associate Director of the Graduate Division, and the Dean of the Graduate School.  All coursework, including accepted transfer credits, must be completed within a six-year period prior to graduation.


A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Information is available in the School of Nursing, and from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Health and Human Services.

Additional Financial Aid

Scholarships from the North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program - Master’s Program (M-NSP) are available to part-time or full-time students admitted to the nursing program for up to two years of study. The M-NSP scholarships are competitive and preference will be given to full-time students. Awards are not based on financial need. The application deadline is early May. Further information and application forms are available on the School of Nursing webpage for Student Resources or in the College of Health and Human Services Advising Center.

A limited number of Professional Nurse Traineeships are available to full-time nurse practitioner students.  The traineeship awards fund a portion of tuition and fees.  Students in the Nurse Anesthesia concentration are eligible for Nurse Anesthesia Traineeships.  Further information and application forms are available from the School of Nursing.