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The MS in Nursing degree provides nurses with an advanced education that prepares them for specialized care settings and leadership.  Graduates address organization and systems leadership and improvement science, with the goal of providing high-quality, safe and effective patient-centered nursing.  This program is ideal for nurses seeking to establish a foundation for leadership, and serves as a pathway to doctoral education.

Program outcomes focus on the preparation of the graduate to be able to:

  • Create innovative systems for implementing and evaluating nursing and health care information.
  • Design systems for patient safety, risk reduction, quality measurement and performance improvement.
  • Develop interprofessional care coordination and patient quality and safety innovation teams at the unit, organizational or systems levels.


The master's degree in nursing is designed for nurses who are thinking about the future and ready to take the next step in their career. This Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education-accredited MS in nursing program focuses on three key areas: evidence-based practice, patient safety and health care quality and leadership. This program is ideal for nurses looking to gain advanced education and skills in the translation of concepts, practices and principles of leadership.

The master's in nursing program offers flexible preceptorships and coursework to provide each student with a learning experience that meets their needs and future aspirations. Throughout the program, students learn about leadership, innovative thinking and interprofessional team collaboration. Students have the opportunity to complete a clinical practicum in their area of interest.

The curriculum includes competencies outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials and the National League for Nursing. Additionally, it includes transformational leadership content to help students prepare for roles related to system change and enhancement of health workplaces for efficiency and improved patient outcomes.

At A Glance

Nursing, MS

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: March 1

Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.

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Admission Requirements

Applications must meet Edson College requirements in addition to the Graduate College requirements.

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Degree requirements

Required Core (18 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3) or NUR 544 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 604 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across Lifespan (4)
DNP 608 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan (3) or NUR 545 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 501 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Health Care (3) or HCI 538 Innovation and the Individual (3)
NUR 502 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion (2)

Other Requirement (14 credit hours)
NUR 509 Clinical Prevention and Population Health Practicum (2)
NUR 520 Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Principles, Assessment and Methods (3)
NUR 521 Health Care Evidence, Informatics and Analysis (3)
NUR 523 Interprofessional Collaboration for Designing Systems to Improve Patient Safety and HealthCare Quality (3)
NUR 529 Role-Focused Practicum: Patient Safety and Health Care Quality (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
NUR 593 Applied Project (3)

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three letters of recommendation
  4. professional resume
  5. written statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The accelerated option is open to online BSN students only. It is not an option for downtown BSN students.

All students are also required to have an unencumbered Arizona RN license or an unencumbered compact state RN license as mandated by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The RN license must remain unencumbered throughout enrollment in any nursing program.

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