Keep Advancing as a Nurse — No Clinical Hours Required

The call to serve your patient community is what first led you to nursing, and that same dedication to patient care is what drives you to continue advancing your career. If you’re motivated to make meaningful contributions as a nurse leader, The University of Tulsa’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares you with practical knowledge to help you make a real difference.

At TU, you’ll receive one-on-one support from our accomplished faculty, who take the time to understand your goals and set you on the right course to achieve them. You’ll gain the clinical knowledge necessary to deliver effective care as well as soft skills — such as communication, critical thinking, and self-care — that make for well-rounded nurse leaders.

If you’re a graduate of TU’s RN to BSN program — or a TU Accelerated BSN graduate who has passed the NCLEX-RN® — you’re automatically accepted into the online MSN. Continuing your nursing education at TU allows you to take the next step toward leadership with just 30 additional credit hours.

TU nurses rise to meet the health care needs of the moment. Bring your motivation to improve patient well-being, and we’ll provide the tools you need to increase your impact.

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Earn Your MSN Online at TU

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), our online MSN serves active, BSN-educated nurses who want 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 without a clinical hour requirement. 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 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. No clinicals are required for degree completion.

Core Nursing Curriculum

View full course details in the The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Online MSN Core Nursing Courses

Term I Courses Credits
NSG 5003 Advanced Theoretical Frameworks of Nursing 3
NSG 5013 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Term II Courses
NSG 5033 Health Care Policy 3
NSG 5043 Health Promotion 3
Term III Courses
NSG 5053 Pathophysiology Over the Lifespan 3
NSG 5063 Pharmacology and Societal Trends 3

Leadership and Innovation Track

View full course details in the University of Tulsa course catalog.

Leadership and Innovation Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 6103 Leadership and Management 3
NSG 6113 Innovation in Nursing 3
Term V Courses
NSG 6123 Budget and Finance 3
NSG 5503 Capstone 3

Education and Elevation Track

View full course details in the University of Tulsa course catalog.

Education and Elevation Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 6203 Curriculum Development 3
NSG 6213 Assessment and Evaluation 3
Term V Courses
NSG 6223 Teaching Strategies and Engagement Methodologies 3
NSG 5503 Capstone 3

Public Health Global Vision Track

View full course details in the University of Tulsa course catalog.

Public Health Global Vision Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 6303 In Sickness and In Health: Applied Dynamics 3
NSG 6313 Population Health 3
Term V Courses
NSG 6323 Epidemiology 3
NSG 5503 Capstone 3

Informatics and Analytics Track

View full course details in the University of Tulsa course catalog.

Informatics and Analytics Specialty Courses and Capstone

Term IV Courses Credits
NSG 6403 Fundamentals of Healthcare Informatics 3
NSG 6413 Data Analytics in Healthcare 3
Term V Courses
NSG 6423 Project Management for Healthcare Technology 3
NSG 5503 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

Tuition and Financial Aid

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$585 per credit hour

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30 core credits

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Financial assistance and payment plans available

Are you ready to invest in your future with an online MSN at The University of Tulsa? TU brings you an elite private nursing education at a competitive price and offers pre-semester monthly payment plans for your convenience. Our program equips you with clinical knowledge and leadership skills to achieve your career goals and realize your full earning potential.

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Elevate to Leadership

We teach the hard sciences alongside valuable soft skills, preparing you to take the lead in your career.

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Growth-Minded Education

We prepare you for continued career growth as a nurse leader to increase your impact in health care.

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Accomplished Faculty

Our faculty includes certified nurse educators and advanced practitioners, with 60% holding a doctorate.

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Community of Care

Our educators take the time to provide one-on-one academic support and career guidance.

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Future-Proof Practices

We shape our programs around current industry needs, preparing you to face them with confidence.

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Reputation of Excellence

TU grads are consistently recognized as capable leaders by partner hospitals and patients.


A Flexible MSN Program at an Unbeatable Value

The MSN learning experience is geared toward working nurses through fully online coursework with no clinical hour requirements. 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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What You Need for Admission

The University of Tulsa is home to ambitious learners with diverse backgrounds and experiences who seek impactful roles in nursing. Please review the following requirements for admission to the online MSN program at TU.

Entry Requirements*

  • Completed application for admission ($60 application fee)
  • Documentation of an active, unencumbered registered nurse license
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited nursing program
  • Professional resume or CV outlining academic and professional experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (two paragraphs in length)

*Graduates of TU’s RN to BSN program and Accelerated BSN program who pass the NCLEX-RN® are automatically accepted into the online MSN program.

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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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