Master’s Degree

Nursing Education (MSN)

Prepare to lead the next generation of nursing professionals and make an impact on the health care industry with a master's degree focused on nursing education.

Nursing educator teaching students

Program Overview

In our nursing education master’s program, you’ll take the inside track to a future in an advanced nursing practice role as a nurse educator. You’ll receive a broad foundation through core nursing courses as well as clinical and teaching practicums that will equip you to emerge as a nurse educator in clinical and academic environments.

You’ll join a nationally recognized program led by expert faculty whose research and expertise are guiding the field of nursing education.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Nurse Educator examination offered by the National League for Nursing.

The master's degree program in nursing at Widener University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Options

The program uses a hybrid of online and in-person coursework to create a foundation in advanced nursing practice with core and clinical courses.

View the Loading... for curriculum and coursework requirements.

Students can enroll for the program at either our Main Campus in Chester or Central Pennsylvania campus in Harrisburg.

The program can be completed in 18–24 months of full-time study or at the student’s pace for part-time study within the five-year time limit post matriculation.

Students who are registered nurses and hold a bachelor’s degree in another area of study can enroll in an accelerated track to earn a master's degree in the RN-to-MSN program. 


Students who hold an MSN and are interested in pursuing nursing education should consider a post-master's certificate. The School of Nursing offers a number of post-master's and post-doctoral certificates in different areas of study.

View our post-graduate certificate options 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $35
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or equivalent from an accredited program
  • Minimum of 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in a BSN program
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics/research course with a grade of C or better
  • Two recommendations, preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees, regarding applicant’s practice and potential for graduate work in nursing
  • Valid U.S. license as a registered nurse. NP or CNS option requires PA State Board of Nursing licensure prior to start of clinicals or as appropriate.
  • Satisfactory scores (550 written and 213 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants from non-English speaking countries
  • Personal Statement
  • Current resume

Applicants who meet all admission criteria except the 3.0 grade point average are eligible to complete two courses as a nonmatriculated student. The student should complete the application and contact the advisor to discuss course selection. If the applicant completes two nonmatriculated courses and attains a grade of B or better admission will be reconsidered.

Loading... in the course catalog.

The School of Nursing requires a passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination. The CGFNS Qualifying Examination is a prerequisite for taking the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

View application materials on the CGFNS website

  • July 15—for matriculation in the fall semester.
  • November 15—for matriculation in the spring semester.
  • April 1—for matriculation in summer sessions.

Program Highlights

Leverage classroom and clinical experiences to prepare for your role as an advance nursing practitioner.

Nursing students in clinicals

Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 24th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 10th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

Top 25%

of nursing master's programs in the nation.

Nursing education graduate student


Our program makes you the priority. A flexible hybrid course delivery system offers in-person and online classes at both the Main Campus in Chester and Harrisburg Campus to ensure that you can still meet the demands of your career and personal life.

Nursing education faculty mentor

Faculty Mentorship

Thrive in a nursing community that is guided by expert faculty with close mentorship and one-on-one support. As you complete courses led by nursing leaders, you'll build a network that will follow you long after graduation.

Nursing education master's student

Real-World & Clinical Experience

You’ll gain clinical experience tailored to your course of study with practicum experiences in higher education. On campus, you’ll have access to practice your skills in real-world scenarios in our state-of-the-art simulation and testing center.

Nursing education students

Interdisciplinary Education & Research

Through collaboration with schools and departments across campus, you’ll enhance your understanding of the curriculum and how the science of nursing can be applied to other disciplines.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

You will graduate with the expertise you need to lead as nurse educator.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jefferson University Hospitals
  • Main Line Health Systems
  • Virtua Health System
  • Kennedy Health

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Clinical educator
  • Clinical instructor
  • Clinical professor
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse leader

Industry Growth

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Take the Next Steps

Join a leading university dedicated to your success.

Visit Us

To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us.

View Tuition and Fees

Explore program costs and payment options.

Financial Aid

At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how Widener can help make obtaining your degree possible.

Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

Get in Touch