Advanced Professional Nurse, Master of Science (M.S.)

Graduates are prepared for a variety of advanced professional nursing roles and will possess skills for inclusive and equitable advanced nursing practice in diverse settings.


  • Designed for the BS-prepared nurse who wishes to advance their nursing education to the graduate level.
  • Graduates will acquire the educational underpinnings for continuing to advance graduate studies at the doctoral level.
  • Nurse Educator Emphasis (30 credits)
  • Nurse Leader Emphasis (30 credits)
  • Dual Emphasis - Nurse Educator & Nurse Leader (42 credits)


Flexible - 100% Online

The Advanced Professional Nurse, Master of Science (M.S.) is a 100% online program offering flexible opportunities for the working RN. You can attend part-time or full-time. Take just one course at a time, up to four courses per semester, or somewhere in between. Develop an individualized plan of study that works for you!

  • 30-credit program
  • 8 and 16-week course offerings during fall and spring terms
  • 8-week course offerings during the summer term
  • Asynchronous Program- No mandatory login times!
  • No campus visits
  • Online Orientation
Online Format

Minnesota State University, Mankato uses D2L Brightspace as the online platform for courses. University Extended Education provides great resources for students to prepare for online learning including a demonstration course in D2L. Technology requirements and skill requirements are also listed at this valuable website. It is recommended that all students interested intaking online courses at Minnesota State University review this website before starting class work.

The ten major courses all include a significant amount of projects and papers, for which the professor provides instruction and individualized feedback. The course sizes are limited to 20 students to facilitate a high level of interaction. Students are assigned weekly discussion forums in which they interact with each other and the professor online. For the 16-week courses students can expect to spend 4 hours on coursework, per credit, per week. For example, if a student enrolls in a 3-credit course, this translates into 12 hours of coursework per week during fall or spring semester. This amount will increase for the 8-week course offerings.

Professors are expected to be in the online course room several times per week and most often they access the course daily. The professors are readily accessible to the students through an online question-answer area, e-mail, and also telephone for more urgent or complicated needs.

There are no specific technical needs except high-speed internet. The rest of the software is all downloadable for free once you become a Minnesota State University student.


Tuition & Fees

Program Cost: The total cost of the 30-credit, fully online programs tuition can be found through the link below.  Students should anticipate additional costs for textbooks, liability insurance, background study and CPR.


ALL STUDENTS ADMITTED TO THE MS-Nursing PROGRAM WILL PAY THE SAME PRICE PER CREDIT, there is no extra tuition cost for out-of-state students.

Financial Assistance

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a variety of financial aid programs including grants, loans and scholarships. All questions regarding financial aid should be referred to the Campus Hub at 507-389-1866 or Toll Free at 1-800-722-0544. Questions can also be emailed to


The School of Nursing provides scholarship opportunities for students currently enrolled in the Nursing MS Program. Program scholarships are awarded every spring semester and applications are typically due by the end of February. Students can access these opportunities by registering with Scholarship Finder. This site will identify the scholarships you are eligible to receive.


Program Requirements