Wisconsin Master's Degree in Nursing

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Wisconsin MSN Programs

Those who are currently working as a registered nurse or who are interested in doing so should think about a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). Wisconsin MSN programs offer an opportunity for a nurse to take his or her career to the next level, and the possibility for a higher salary.

MSN programs in Wisconsin are master's level degree programs that one can apply to following completion of a bachelor's degree in nursing. A current RN license is necessary in order to obtain this degree. MSN programs are offered both online and in a traditional classroom setting, depending on the particular program. Potential students are encouraged to choose the program that is the best fit.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

An example of an accredited online MSN programs that Wisconsin residents can take advantage of are South University. Similar programs are offered by many other online universities, such as Capella University, Kaplan University, and University of Phoenix. Many traditional universities, such as Norwich University, Georgetown University and California University of Pennsylvania, also offer online programs.

South University's online MSN program offers 3 specializations and students are required to complete 48-52 credits, including a capstone course. The specializations are Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. There is also a Nurse Practitioner track, which consists of 62 credits and offers the option to specialize as either an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner or a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Marquette University is among traditional schools in Wisconsin that offer an MSN program. Those who earn an MSN at Marquette have the opportunity to specialize in a variety of focuses, including acute care or primary for adults or pediatrics. There is also a Clinical Nurse Leader and a Systems Leadership & Healthcare Quality specialty. Marquette's MSN curriculum requires completion of 39-49 credit hours depending on the specialty chosen.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary, but any combination of the following items should be expected:

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited program with GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course and nursing research course with "C" or better
  • Official transcripts
  • Valid, unencumbered RN license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay or goal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE Scores
  • Interview
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language.


Tuition varies by programs, and this information is subject to change. Students at South University pay $20,928-$27,032 for tuition, excluding additional fees, depending on the track chosen. Graduate tuition at Marquette University is listed at $1,025 per credit hour, so total tuition for the MSN program ranges from $39,975-50,225, depending on the chosen specialty.

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Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in Wisconsin

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Wisconsin

Marian College Fond Du Lac
45 South National Avenue
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935
Bellin College of Nursing
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI 54311
Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
Lacrosse, WI 54601
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr.
Mequon, WI 53097
Cardinal Stritch College
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Marquette University
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
549 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Wisconsin MSN Degree Prerequisites

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

Those holding Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

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

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin.

Wisconsin MSN Degree Resources

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