South Dakota Master's Degree in Nursing

Get your Master's Degree in Nursing in South Dakota - online & campus-based options.
Contact a school today for more info.

Check current course listings for campus-based and online MSN Programs available for South Dakota students.

New graduates celebrate with their families at their nursing commencement ceremony.

South Dakota MSN Programs

Nursing is a highly rewarding career that individuals can pursue with varying levels of education. That being said, there are many educational opportunities that allow a nurse to advance his or her career. MSN programs in South Dakota are a great opportunity to go beyond earning the associate's or bachelor's degree that is necessary for registered nursing. Those who pursue the MSN become experts in the field, and open doors to new career opportunities.

While there are fewer MSN programs in South Dakota than in other more populous states, the internet offers access to many additional programs. Online classes allow students to get an education from home. Applicants should evaluate all options and choose that which best fits.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Though there are few MSN programs offered at traditional colleges and universities in South Dakota, this may still be best for those who prefer a classroom learning environment. Such programs allow students the chance to network and discuss coursework with fellow students. These programs can be beneficial as long as one is able to attend class at the scheduled times.

For those who are working full-time or busy with family and social lives, online MSN programs may be a better option. These programs can be completed in South Dakota, or anywhere else in the country, which also means there are more to choose from. Online MSN programs offer greater flexibility and control over one's schedule.

Capella University and Grand Canyon University are both examples of accredited online MSN program formats. Capella's program gives students the option to specialize in diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, nurse education, or nursing leadership and administration. The curriculum requires students to complete 56-57 credits, depending on the chosen track, as well as 500 field experience hours. The nurse educator and nursing leader and administration tracks are exempt from the field experience requirement.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers multiple master's degree programs in nursing, each with its own focus area. These MSN specialties include Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN with Emphasis in Health Care Informatics, and MSN with Emphasis in Nursing Education. GCU also offers post-master's certification programs for advanced practice. Depending on which track the individual chooses, he or she will be required to complete 36-53 credits and up to 650 supervised clinical hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are program-specific, but the following is common:

  • BSN from accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • At least one year of employment as an RN
  • TOEFL for those who did not speak English as a first language


Tuition varies by program and is subject to change annually. Program cost for Capella University ranges from $21,000-31,875.

Additional Resources

Quick Search

Jump to Another State

Jump to City

Find Local or Online
Nursing Programs

Select a program:

Select your state:

Browse Other South Dakota Cities

South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115
Phone: (605) 362-2760
Fax: (605) 362-2768

South Dakota Nurses Association


Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in South Dakota

Featured Accredited Online Programs

Other Schools with MSN Programs in South Dakota

Augustana College
2001 S. Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Mount Marty College
1105 West 8th Street
Yankton, SD 57078

South Dakota MSN Degree Prerequisites

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

Those holding South Dakota 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.

South Dakota MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

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

Online MSN Degree Programs

In South Dakota, 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 South Dakota.

South Dakota MSN Degree Resources

Here is an example of a MSN degree program in South Dakota.

Find MSN Programs by State