Michigan Master's Degree in Nursing

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Michigan MSN Programs

MSN programs in Michigan are available online and at colleges and universities across the state. These programs allow students to become vital parts of the nursing community by teaching them the skills necessary to be advanced practice nurses, educators, and managers. Nursing is a career that allows individuals to make a difference in the lives of others, and earning a master's degree allows them to do even more.

Nurses who are thinking about going back to school often have a variety of concerns, including time, cost, and the difficulty of classes. Michigan MSN programs vary in terms of tuition, how they fit into an individual's schedule, and degree requirements. Many programs are developed to fit well into the busy schedule of a full-time nurse. The first step in earning this degree is to decide which program is best.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

MSN programs in Michigan are offered both online and on campuses across the state. Traditional, campus-based programs are a great fit for students who prefer to learn in a classroom environment alongside other students. These programs offer a chance to speak face-to-face with instructors and to network with fellow students. Online programs, on the other hand, offer a greater amount of flexibility, making it easier for nurses to complete coursework while working full-time. These programs are also beneficial because MSN programs often admit only a small amount of students, and not all Michigan residents live close to a campus where the programs are offered.

University of Phoenix offers the MSN both online and from its Detroit Main Campus in Southfield, Michigan. This program is designed for busy nurses who are employed full-time, but still desire to earn a degree in a traditional classroom setting. Those who are interested in earning this degree at this campus have the following two choices: General MSN or an MSN with a focus on healthcare education. Those who are interested in studying informatics, healthcare management, nurse administration, or nurse education can also earn a degree online.

South University offers the MSN both online and from its Novi, Michigan campus, which is located in a suburb of Detroit. Students looking to pursue this degree on campus can choose from the following specialty areas: Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. These programs are also offered online.

Admission Requirements

MSN admission requirements vary, but the following is common:

  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course with "C" or better
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay or goal statement
  • Resume/CV


Program cost at South University is estimated to range from 40,470-53,690, depending on the specialty track. Program cost to attend the University of Phoenix MSN program ranges from $20,065-$32,125.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Michigan

Andrews University
8975 Old-US 31
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Michigan State University
1407 S Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Grand Valley State University
301 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

Michigan MSN Degree Prerequisites

Michigan nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Michigan Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Michigan, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Michigan and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Michigan RN to MSN programs

Those holding Michigan RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Michigan MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Michigan, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Michigan Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Michigan grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Michigan, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Michigan.

Michigan MSN Degree Resources

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