MSN in Nursing

students The Masters of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) prepares students to function as advanced practice nurses (adult or family nurse practitioners), educators or administrators. Through coursework and clinical practice, the individual develops expertise in advanced health nursing care, leadership and research skills. The Master's Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone (202) 887-6791, until June 30, 2030.

Master's Program accreditation to June 30, 2030.

Post masters AGNP and FNP certification programs accredited to June 30, 2030.

Doctor of Nursing Practice accredited to June 30, 2030.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
Click here to view each of the four concentrations:

Also available:
MSN – Nursing Administration 100% Online
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner 100% Online
MSN – Nursing Education 100% Online
MSN – Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 100% Online

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

    • Submit two names of references (former faculty and current manager/supervisor).
    • A BSN transcript with a minimum of 3.0 GPA is required.  Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may contact the program director. *
    • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: statistics, health assessment and nursing research**.
    • Currently employed as an RN
    • Students enrolling in the WPU on campus program must have an active NJ RN license; students enrolling in the WPU online program must have an active RN license in the state they are practicing. For your application to be processed, the University must be able to validate your RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN license valid in the U.S. to Office of Admissions, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
    • Submit a current resume.

*Students with a GPA below 3.0 will be reviewed on an individual basis. If accepted into the program, the student will be matriculated with the condition that the student take 1-2 graduate course and earn a grade of a B or better in order to continue in the program.

Requirements for the Degree

Students must complete 35 credits of study for the education and 35 credits administration tracks and 39 credits for adult/gerontology nurse practitioner and 47 credits for the family nurse practitioner program.

Online Applications can be found at Admissions. Applicable to students who matriculated Fall 2017 and beyond.

Application Deadline:

August 1st: Fall semester

December 1st: Spring semester

Non-degree status not available


Professor Cheryl Hollema
Program Director, School of Nursing,