New York Master's Degree in Nursing

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New York MSN Programs

MSN programs in New York are competitive degree programs for students who wish to take their nursing careers to the next level. While one can become a registered nurse with an associates or bachelor's degree, a nurse who has a master's degree can become certified in an advanced practice specialty or work in administration or education. Earning an MSN is a great start to an even more rewarding nursing career.

There are many MSN programs available in New York for nurses to look into. Applicants can choose from a number of online and on campus options. It is important to make sure the school one is applying to offers the specific area of study that he or she is interested in and that it fits his or her schedule.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Some New York colleges and universities offer MSN programs on campus. Those who prefer a classroom setting where they can interact with instructors and fellow students might want to enroll in one of these programs. Students who do this must travel to campus to attend classes at their scheduled times.

Online programs are great option for busy nurses who do not wish to travel to classes. These programs often give the option to complete coursework 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This provides greater flexibility for those who are already on a rigid schedule. Northeastern University and Western Governors University are both examples of universities that offer accredited online MSN programs.

Northeastern University offers a Direct Entry Nursing online MSN program. This program can be entered into pre-licensure. After completing a BSN, students are required to complete 40 credit hours for an MSN. Northeastern University's online program offers an Administration/Leadership specialization. Other nursing specializations are offered at the Boston campus, but not online.

Western Governors University's MSN program offers two specialty areas: Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership. Both areas of study require students to complete 38 credits. The curriculum is designed to be completed over 2-2.5 years.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary, but the following is common:

  • BSN from an accredited programs
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Actively employed as an RN
  • Official transcripts
  • Interview


The cost to earn an MSN depends on the program. Tuition information is subject to change. Currently, tuition for Northeastern University's online Direct Entry Nursing program is $915 per credit. Western Governors University charges tuition by six-month period, rather than by credit. Typically, the cost to earn a degree from this University ranges from $9,750-$16,250.

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Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in New York

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in New York

Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
Herbert H Lehman College Cuny
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
SUNY HSC at Brooklyn
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Long Island University
700 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Daemen College
4380 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14226
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Adelphi University
1 South Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University
Long Island, NY 11794
Columbia University
116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
College of Mt St Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Dr.
Rochester, NY 14624
Wagner College
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
SUNY HSC at Stony Brook
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
SUNY Upstate Medical University
725 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
The Sage Colleges
65 1st St.
Troy, NY 12180

New York MSN Degree Prerequisites

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

Those holding New York 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 York MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

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

Online MSN Degree Programs

In New York, 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 York.

New York MSN Degree Resources

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