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Take the Next Step Toward Nursing Leadership

Online MSN Program

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Designed for working nurses

Four specialized degree tracks

Four specialized degree tracks

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Elevate Your Education. Shape the Future of Nursing.

You deliver vital care to patients every day, but you’re ready to continue your nursing education and become even more specialized. The University of Tulsa’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for working nurses who are motivated to make meaningful contributions to health care and promote the well-being of patient communities.

The MSN is intentionally designed to accommodate the nurse’s schedule, featuring a flexible eight-week format and just 30 credit hours required for completion. With an emphasis on real-world skills and practices, the program empowers you to start applying new knowledge at work even before you’ve graduated.

Graduates of TU’s RN to BSN program — as well as TU Accelerated BSN graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN® — are granted priority admission into the online MSN program. Continuing your nursing education at TU allows you to take the next step toward leadership with just 30 additional credit hours.

If you can’t wait to increase your impact as a nurse leader, we’ll provide the unmatched support you need to shape the future of nursing. Start your journey at TU today.

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Earn Your MSN Online at TU

Our online MSN serves active, BSN-educated nurses who are ready to continue advancing their professional skill set.

The core curriculum emphasizes the 3 Ps — pathophysiology, health promotion, and pharmacology — to prepare strong, clinically competent nurses. Each student will complete a final capstone project with other students from across MSN disciplines.

The online MSN offers four specialty tracks so you can develop skills in your preferred area of focus:

  • Leadership and Innovation. Emphasizes key leadership skills such as cross-discipline communication, budgeting, staffing, and performance measurement
  • Education and Elevation. Prepares nurse educators with pedagogical theories and strategies, assessment and evaluation tools, and curriculum development tools
  • Public Health Global Vision. Develops skills related to population health and wellness, public health promotion, and disease prevention — both locally and globally
  • Informatics and Analytics. Guides nurses in the practice of informatics, the management of data and information, health care information workflow, and project management

Explore Your Career Potential With an Online MSN

Whether you’re planning to lead in bedside nursing, take on an administrative role in your health care system, or educate the next generation of nurses, the online MSN program prepares you to take the next step in your professional development. Take a look at some potential careers you can reach with this degree*:

Leadership and Innovation Track

Chief Nursing Officer

Median Annual Salary: $140,246

Director of Nursing

Median Annual Salary: $96,964

Charge Nurse

Median Annual Salary: $80,161

Public Health Global Vision Track

Medical Director, Community Health

Median Annual Salary: $212,589

Nurse Consultant

Median Annual Salary: $85,591

Infection Control Practitioner (ICP)

Median Annual Salary: $82,620

Occupational Health Nurse

Median Annual Salary: $78,400

Education and Elevation Track

Nursing Curriculum Developer

Median Annual Salary: $85,000

Director of Nursing Education

Median Annual Salary: $83,363

Clinical Nurse Educator

Median Annual Salary: $81,974

Informatics and Analytics Track

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO)

Median Annual Salary: $135,931

Nurse Informatics Specialist

Median Annual Salary: $90,591

Clinical Informatics Analyst

Median Annual Salary: $87,518

Healthcare Data Analyst

Median Annual Salary: $85,427

*Salary data from Payscale

Curriculum & Courses

Designed for active registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the online MSN program is built on 30 credit hours, which includes 18 credit hours of foundational nursing courses, 9 credit hours of specialty track courses, and 3 credit hours for a final capstone project.

The MSN is offered in an eight-week format with multiple starts each year, which provides the flexibility for busy, working nurses to enroll in just a single course per term if needed.

Core Nursing Curriculum

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Online MSN Core Nursing Courses

Term I Courses Credits
NSG 7113 Advanced Theoretical Frameworks of Nursing 3
NSG 7123 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Term II Courses
NSG 7133 Health Care Policy 3
NSG 7143 Health Promotion 3
Term III Courses
NSG 7153 Pathophysiology 3
NSG 7163 Pharmacology 3

Leadership and Innovation Track

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Leadership and Innovation Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 7213 Leadership and Management 3
NSG 7223 Innovation in Nursing 3
Term V Courses
NSG 7233 Budget and Finance 3
NSG 7603 Capstone 3

Education and Elevation Track

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Education and Elevation Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 7313 Curriculum Development 3
NSG 7323 Assessment and Evaluation 3
Term V Courses
NSG 7333 Teaching Strategies and Engagement Methodologies 3
NSG 7603 Capstone 3

Public Health Global Vision Track

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Public Health Global Vision Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 7413 In Sickness and In Health 3
NSG 7423 Population Health 3
Term V Courses
NSG 7433 Epidemiology 3
NSG 7603 Capstone 3

Informatics and Analytics Track

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Informatics and Analytics Track Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 7513 Healthcare Informatics I 3
NSG 7523 Healthcare Informatics II 3
Term V Courses
NSG 7533 Data Analysis and Healthcare Technology 3
NSG 7603 Capstone 3
Testimonial shot of faculty member, Dr. Andrea Wall, AG-ACNP Program Director.
“The MSN degree will strategically equip the motivated nurse with the tools necessary to successfully navigate leadership roles within current health care, community, and academic settings. Graduating with an MSN degree from The University of Tulsa will offer brilliant distinction as graduates obtain expertise in the specialty areas of leadership and innovation, education and elevation, informatics and analytics, and public health global vision.”
– Dr. Cassy Abbott Eng, The Oxley College of Health and Natural Sciences Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Director of Online Programs at TU


A Flexible MSN Program at an Unbeatable Value

The MSN learning experience is geared toward working nurses through fully online coursework. We’re dedicated to reducing financial barriers to quality education, so our online MSN program is competitively priced at just $585 per credit hour.

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Community of Care

TU is home to compassionate educators who provide individualized guidance and one-on-one support. We take the time to understand your goals, matching and mentoring you to promote your continued career growth as a nurse leader and to help increase your impact in health care.

Why Choose Tu?

An experienced faculty dedicated to helping you advance your career

An intentional curriculum designed to prepare future-ready nurses

A reputation for training confident and competent nursing leaders since 1973

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About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is known for its long-standing legacy of producing skilled and hard-working nurses, dating back to its first graduating class from the School of Nursing in 1973. TU's online programs are sharing this reputation of academic excellence with a cohort of learners across the United States, preparing a new generation of future-ready nurses, compassionate caregivers, and nursing leaders to thrive in their field.
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