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Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing


The School of Nursing offers a convenient online graduate program leading to a Master of Science in nursing. 

Graduates are prepared for an advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner or for a role in nursing education. Advanced practice graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations. Nursing education graduates are qualified to teach at the baccalaureate or associate’s degree level and to serve as educators in healthcare facilities. You may pursue our master's degree in nursing either full-time or part-time. You have six years to complete the program from the start-date of any transferred coursework. The majority of graduate nursing students are enrolled part-time. Graduate nursing courses are held online.

Once admitted to our program, the approval of the director of nursing graduate studies, you may transfer up to six semester hours of coursework. You may also transfer nine semester hours of coursework completed as an NIU student-at-large. No other credits may be transferred. Get information about current tuition rates

We will help you meet your educational goals alongside experienced student peers, distinguished faculty and a dedicated administration.


The master’s degree in nursing at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Tuition news

NIU has recently eliminated the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate for both undergraduate and graduate students, making it financially easier for you to take advantage of our excellent programs. Learn more.

We are currently accepting applications for the following programs:
  • MS-Family Nurse Practitioner

  •  MS-Nurse Education

  •  Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Education

  •  DNP for Family Nurse Practitioner 

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School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115