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Master of Science in Nursing

About the Program

Our No. 17-ranked Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program empowers you to improve the health of individuals and communities. An evidence-based, hands-on nursing curriculum comes to life in our state-of-the-art Health Education Campus with Cleveland Clinic and through strong partnerships with renowned hospitals. Earn your degree around your schedule, including an intensive and distance-friendly format and full- and part-time options.

What to Expect

You’ll graduate ready to meet the high demand for nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists. Choose from 10 advanced nursing practice majors: 

At the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, you'll learn from nationally recognized faculty who build and share their knowledge while developing relationships with students, clinical agencies, and communities to support their research.

As an MSN student, you'll gain real-world experience in a variety of clinical settings, and take 10 core courses in professional development, scientific inquiry and advanced nursing practice. Most MSN majors have a minimum of 600 clinical hours, but certain programs require more.

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Beyond the Classroom

You’ll be at the heart of a vibrant medical community in Cleveland, Ohio—home to some of the best health care systems in the United States and more than 150 medical and bioscience companies.

From Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland to MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, our unique partners allow you to take charge of your nursing career. Experience personalized career support:

By the Numbers


MSN (U.S. News & World Report, 2025)


MSN - Adult/Gerontology, Primary Care (U.S. News & World Report, 2025)


MSN - Adult/Gerontology, Acute Care (U.S. News & World Report, 2025)


MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (U.S. News & World Report, 2025)


clinical hours you'll complete

Admissions Requirements

  • Apply online by March 15 
  • Completion of an accredited BSN from ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program and RN Licensure in Ohio (or relevant state for clinicals)
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Specific experience and/or interviews, depending on the major or sub-specialty you choose
  • GRE/MAT scores not required, except for certain joint degrees

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