New Jersey Master's Degree in Nursing

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New Jersey MSN Programs

New Jersey MSN programs are a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue a more advanced nursing degree. Earning an MSN can open the doors to many career opportunities and the possibility for a higher earning potential. This can improve an already rewarding nursing career.

There are a variety of MSN programs available in New Jersey, both on-site and online. These programs expand on the knowledge gained in one's primary nursing education and offer a variety of specialty areas from which students can choose. The most difficult part of going back to school to earn an MSN might be choosing the right program. It is important to evaluate all the options.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

MSN programs in New Jersey can be either online or in a classroom. Nurses who have are able to move or travel to the campus of their choice might benefit from any of the on-site programs that this state has to offer. This traditional program format is great for students who want the opportunity to network with others and to speak to instructors in person. The disadvantage to these programs is that they have a more rigid schedule, and require students to attend classes on campus. This can be difficult for someone with a busy schedule or one who does not live close to campus.

There are many online programs also available to New Jersey. The fact that these programs are on the internet means that they can be enrolled in from all over the country. Even many traditional colleges and universities are moving in this direction, as it offers more flexibility and allows them to reach a larger audience of students than an on-site program.

Georgetown University is one example of a traditional university that has branched out and started offering online MSN programs. Students can choose from the AG-Acute Care NP/CNS, Family NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Midwife/Women's Health NP specialty tracks. Full-time students can earn a degree in 12-24 months and part-time in 24-26 months, depending on the area of study chosen. The curriculum ranges from 35-49 credits.

Capella University also offers an online MSN program. This program allows students to choose from many specialties, including diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, nurse educator, and nursing leader and administration. Capella's program requires students to complete 56-57 credits. All tracks, with the exception of the nurse educator and nursing leader and administration pathways, also require 500 field experience hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary between New Jersey MSN programs, but applicants should expect the following:

  • Application and fees
  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Valid RN license
  • One year of licensed RN employment
  • Proof of English proficiency for those who do not speak English as a first language


Tuition is different for each program, and current rates can only be used as an estimate. Capella University charges $375 per credit. Many schools charge by credit, while some bill students for the amount of time that they are enrolled.

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Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in New Jersey

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in New Jersey

The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
Richard Stockton College
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205
Saint Peter's College
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
UMDNJ - School of Nursing
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

New Jersey MSN Degree Prerequisites

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

Those holding New Jersey 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.

New Jersey MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

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

Online MSN Degree Programs

In New Jersey, 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 New Jersey.

New Jersey MSN Degree Resources

Here are a few examples of MSN degree programs in New Jersey.

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