Montana Master's Degree in Nursing

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Montana MSN Programs

It might be said that nurses are the foundation of the medical world. These healthcare professionals are the faces that patients and residents see every day, and carry much of the responsibility of providing direct care. While this is rewarding, some registered nurses wish to expand on their current roles. For those who feel this way, Montana MSN programs are a great opportunity.

MSN programs in Montana can often be entered into as a registered nurse either with an associate's or bachelor's degree, though the former requires additional coursework. These degrees allow students to specialize in a specific area of nursing, which expands on the previous nursing education. Graduates of these programs can go on to become advanced practice nurses or work in education or administration, depending on the specialty chosen. The first step is to find the program which best fits.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Those who prefer to learn in a classroom setting should look into the traditional MSN programs that Montana has to offer. This format allows students to attend classes with others and to learn face-to-face from an instructor. Some individuals enjoy this interaction and the opportunity to network with fellow nursing students. These programs require students to travel to campus at scheduled times to attend classes, which might be challenging for some.

Online MSN programs offer greater flexibility than classroom programs, as students can complete coursework anywhere and at any time. There is no need to travel to campus for lectures. These programs are accredited by the same organizations as the campus-based programs, and are equally reputable.

Kaplan University offers one example of an online MSN program. This particular program allows students to choose from the following areas of study: Executive Leader or Informatics, Adult NP, Family NP, and Nurse Education. Each specialty area has its own curriculum, which ranges from 65-100 credits, depending on the chosen track.

Indiana Wesleyan University offers another online MSN program that is available in Montana. This university offers the following master's degree options online for nurses: an MSN MBA joint program and the MSN in the Nursing Administration and Nursing Education specialty tracks. The MSN has a curriculum that consists of 41 credit hours, regardless of specialization. The MSN MBA program curriculum is 60 credits.

Admission Requirements

Though admission requirements vary by program, Montana MSN applicants should expect schools to ask for the following:

  • BSN from accredited program with a 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • At least one year of professional nursing experience
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language


The cost of tuition is different for each MSN program. Wesleyan University charges an estimated $21,320 for MSN tuition, and approximately $32,760 to complete the MSN MBA program. Kaplan University's MSN program tuition ranges from $23,920-$36,800, as tuition is charged per credit, and the number of credits required by each specialization varies.

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PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
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Montana MSN Degree Prerequisites

Montana nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Montana 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 Montana, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Montana and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Montana RN to MSN programs

Those holding Montana 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.

Montana MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

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

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Montana, 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 Montana.

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