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Master's degree programs in healthcare and nursing.

Your online path to a highly respected graduate degree.

Today’s fast-growing healthcare industry offers many career opportunities for people with the right skills and credentials. Take the next step to advancing your career with a master’s degree in nursing education, nursing leadership and management, nursing informatics, or health leadership and administration. WGU has options to get you to MSN whether you have your BSN already—or not!

Master's Degree Programs:

This MSN – Education program for RNs includes a BSN component and is a substantial leap forward for an aspiring nurse educator:

  • Time: 89% of RN-to-MSN grads finish in 1–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,510 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $3,895 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

Given the growing nurse educator shortage, earning your MSN with a focus in education is both a rewarding decision and a solid career move.

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs, this degree will prepare you to teach the future generation of nurses.

  • Time: 63% of grads finish in less than 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,895 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

Hospitals and other facilities need nurse educators. Earn your MSN – Education and step into a role inspiring and empowering caregivers.

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and is a substantial leap toward becoming a nursing leader.

  • Time: 89% of RN-to-MSN grads finish in 1–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,510 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $3,895 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

If you're driven to lead, this degree will provide you everything needed to make that career a reality.

For nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for greater responsibility:

  • Time: 77% of grads finish within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,895 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Careers and jobs this degree program will prepare you for:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Department director
  • Regional director
  • Case manager
  • Nurse manager

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical and health services managers to grow 17% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

A program that empowers data-driven nurses to go from RN to MSN, earning their BSN along the way:

  • Time:  89% of RN-to-MSN grads finish in 1–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,510 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $3,895 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of nurse informatics
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Nursing informatics analyst

The trajectory of data and informatics in healthcare will continually open opportunities for nurses who take this path.

A program that empowers data-driven nurses who already have a BSN but seek the success only a master's can bring:

  • Time:  85% of BSN-to-MSN grads finish in 6–25 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,895 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Clinical analyst
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Director of clinical informatics

The trajectory of data and informatics in healthcare will continually open opportunities for nurses who take this path.

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care, directly in line with innovations in health and healthcare.

  • Time: 68% of grads in similar programs finish in 6-24 months. 
  • Tuition and fees: $3,895 per 6-month term.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Managed care executive
  • Director of integrated care management
  • Health center manager/clinic manager
  • Director of integrated facilities

Your rich experience in a health-related field can mean more when you bring a master's level of understanding to the problems that organizations need to solve.

(From the College of Business.)

The MBA in Healthcare Management gives you career options for the business side of a growing industry.

  • Time: 71% of grads finished in 6-24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,895 per 6-month term.

Our grads have great careers and titles including:

  • President and CEO
  • Vice president
  • Administrative director
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief operating officer

Leaders with strong credentials are highly successful in healthcare. This degree is your next step.

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CCNE accreditation.

WGU's nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). An autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, CCNE is the foremost accrediting body for nursing schools that offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is the only accrediting body devoted exclusively to the evaluation of baccalaureate and graduate nursing degree programs. Accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that evaluates each program's mission, goals, and expected outcomes and assesses the performance of the program in achieving those missions and goals.

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Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

WGU was named a Center of Excellence™ in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN) for 2015–2019 for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development. This prestigious award has only been given to 45 colleges and universities nationwide and is a result of a rigorous review process by an external team who examined WGU’s nursing programs and outcomes before extending the recognition through 2019.

“At WGU there is no busy work. Everything is related to your degree and related to the work you'll be doing in your job.” Natalie Hill
M.S. Nursing – Education (RN to MSN)
Special scholarship offer for National Nurses Appreciation day

Happy National Nurses Week!

Nursing is a career in caring, one that benefits not only patients but also their families and our communities. National Nurses Week 2018 (May 6–12) is a great time to thank nurses for committing their careers to the care of others. That’s why we’re offering nurses and healthcare professionals a number of special offers to help them further their education—including the opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth up to $2,000. Limited time: Apply by June 30.

Inspiring students.

Students and graduates of WGU's College of Health Professions are unified by their service to caring for others. One grad, Rhonda, was also driven by duty. She found a way to connect her duty to serve and her calling to care.

Rhonda (WGU grad) combines a drive to serve and care through military healthcare.

Experience + hard work could help you graduate ahead of schedule—and under budget.

Our competency-based approach to education is an ideal match for experienced healthcare professionals like you with extensive real-world experience. At WGU, you earn your degree by demonstrating skills and knowledge in career-relevant subject areas through a series of assessments. If you already possess these competencies (or if you study hard and learn fast), you can complete your assessments more quickly. With the personalized guidance and instruction of a knowledgeable faculty, you’ll be able to earn your health master’s degree online, on your schedule, and on your budget.

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“Not only did my degree at WGU help me advance my career—it also helped save a rural hospital and the community's access to local, quality healthcare.” Sarah Aronack
M.S. Nursing – Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN)

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