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Explore the master of science in nursing graduate program at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) master's degree is designed to prepare professionals in nursing administration and nursing education. With a hybrid model, this flexible program is accessible for currently working nurses who would like to take their careers to the next level. No matter where your interests lie, our rigorous program will help you succeed — and help you become a decision-maker in the nursing field.

Throughout the program, you'll integrate knowledge and theory of health policy, organizations and health care financing and use it as a basis for the provision of quality, cost-effective care. Our program's core curriculum is curated to develop and increase your competencies in theory analysis and evaluation; concept clarification and development; research and refined skills in clinical inquiry; leadership; and analysis of contemporary issues. Building on the core curriculum, you'll apply your new knowledge and skills in a clinical setting. This will prepare you well for a variety of advanced nursing roles across health care settings and help you demonstrate effective advocacy for diverse populations.

Students select a population focus of either adult-gerontologic or family health nursing and are prepared for the role of nursing educator or nursing administration/leadership and management. If you are interested in pursuing the nurse practitioner or nurse executive role preparations, you should apply to our postbaccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) degree option.

No matter which focus you choose, we are here to support you and your goals with an accredited program and expert faculty to guide you on this exciting journey.

Inspiring the next generation of nurses

Having worked in the heath care industry for 20 years, Karen Sohn always knew she wanted to be a nurse educator and teach the next generation of practitioners.

While pursuing her MSN at UWEC, Karen was able to balance her professional career, her family and her graduate studies — all thanks to the flexibility of the hybrid program.

Now, she is fulfilling her goal as an instructor in the nursing program at Northwood Technical College.

Why complete my master of science in nursing at UW-Eau Claire?

Flexible coursework. At UW-Eau Claire, we understand that you may have other things to juggle in addition to graduate school, such as working full time or family obligations. Advisors are here to help you plan your schedule each step of the way. We offer both full-time and part-time program plans, and you can take up to seven years to complete your degree — all while being supported by knowledgeable and caring faculty. 

Firsthand research. UWEC’s collaborations with renowned health care organizations allow students to be a part of innovative research while also networking with a wide array of health care providers. Education and health science graduate students also have access to a variety of research opportunities while working with clients in on-campus clinical facilities using state-of-the-art technology.

Quick facts

  • Program length: approx. two years; full-time and part-time options available
  • Offered: Hybrid
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • Credits: 40-41
  • Cost: $611.38 per credit
  • Students will earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. 

Accreditation information

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791, through December 31, 2031.

The programs are also approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

What can I do with a master of science in nursing degree from UWEC?

A master's degree in nursing opens the door to new and exciting career opportunities. Our CCNE-accredited program will increase your leadership skills, update your health care provider knowledge and help you stand out when applying for jobs. A master’s degree in nursing also allows you to become a nurse educator, shaping the future of professional nursing.

MSN jobs

Meg Lagunas

When I get the opportunity to work with MSN students, I look at them and hope they will become my colleagues. I want to teach them everything I wish that I had known when I started as a brand-new educator.

Dr. Meg Lagunas Associate Professor of Nursing

Pursuing her passions

Talitha Korn was drawn to being a caregiver from a young age, but she officially made the decision to become a nurse after having a child with a heart defect and experiencing the impact nurses can have on patients' lives.

While completing her MSN, Talitha has been able to balance working full time and raising her family — something she credits to the knowledgeable and flexible nursing faculty at UWEC.

Master of science in nursing degree program curriculum

Courses throughout the MSN program are designed to build on your core nursing knowledge, helping you to become an expert in your field. You can personalize your studies to focus on education or administration career goals and take courses that align best with your passions and interests. Together, you and your advisor will select courses to increase your knowledge, population focus and functional role preparation. In the classroom, you'll examine health policy, personal and professional transitions, and ever-evolving, advanced nursing roles. 

Students can select full-time or part-time programs of study. You can find information on potential course sequencing in the MSN Sample Program Plan. Courses are offered during fall semester, Winterim and spring semester. The program plan begins in the fall semester. 

The MSN program of study is approximately 40-41 credits, depending on whether the student chooses to complete a scholarly project or thesis. Past projects have included the creation of educational brochures and development of a toolkit, health agency needs assessments, and other projects.

Clinical practicums require an additional 525 hours of time over two semesters, scheduled during weekdays, and many of these can be arranged in your home community/region. Clinical hours provide a valuable opportunity for students to work with preceptors in clinical areas, under the supervision of a faculty member, to apply knowledge of the graduate coursework related to the role preparation.

What classes do master of science in nursing students take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the master of science in nursing, family health-education degree in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the master of science in nursing, family health-administration degree in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the master of science in nursing, adult-gerontology-administration degree in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the master of science in nursing, adult-gerontology-education degree in the UWEC course catalog.

Application information

Prior to applying, we strongly encourage you to contact Dr. Catherine Kenney, Admissions Coordinator – Graduate Nursing Programs, to review your career goals, discuss your interest in the program and address any questions you might have about the program. Information sessions are also available so that you can better understand the graduate nursing program options at UWEC.  

Visit our graduate admissions page to see the application process, deadlines, and required materials.

Admission requirements

For consideration for admission, an applicant must have:

The Department of Nursing Graduate Curriculum and Admissions Committee reviews completed applications after the priority deadline. Following admission to the nursing program, students must in a timely manner provide required health record information, information to conduct a criminal background check and evidence of current CPR certification.

Please contact Dr. Catherine Kenney (715-836-3638, or Patricia McGregor, University Services Program Associate (715-836-4834, if you have any questions about the application process.  

Additional information

For full-time students, the first year of courses are generally held on Mondays and second-year courses are held on Tuesdays. These courses are offered in a hybrid format that combines in-person with synchronous and asynchronous online components.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing program!

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Related programs at UW-Eau Claire

Thinking about a master's degree in nursing? You may be interested in exploring our doctor of nursing practice degree, including our MSN-DNP program.

Department information

Nursing Building


Nursing 103
5 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the Nursing department website