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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Question

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Which MSN tracks does Salem State University offer?

  • Salem State University offers two MSN program tracks: Nursing Education, and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Practitioner (AGPNP) and a post master's certificate in nursing education.

How do I apply to the MSN program?

How many credits is the MSN Program?

  • The MSN in Nursing Education is 36 credits, the MSN in the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program track is 42 credits and the post master's certification in education is 12 credits.

How long will it take to complete the MSN program?

  • Generally, students complete the MSN program in 3 years on a part-time basis.
  • The Post Master's certificate in education can be completed in 1 year.

Do I need to take the GRE?

  • No, as long as you have a GPA of 3.0 or greater from all of your previous undergraduate degree programs.

Can I become a nurse practitioner with an MSN degree or do I need to get a DNP?

  • Based upon current regulatory requirements new nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse midwives remain eligible to take the post-graduation certification exam and work as a nurse practitioner with an MSN degree. If the DNP does become a requirement for advance practice nurses in the future, you will be able to continue working in your advanced nursing practice specialty for which you hold a national certification.  You will not be awarded a DNP degree automatically. You could then to enroll in a DNP program to earn the degree.

Can I continue to work while I am enrolled in the MSN program?

  • Generally, students work while enrolled in the MSN program. The only exception is that for students enrolled in the AGPCNP track we recommend that during the final year of the program students limit their work hours due to the practicum hour requirements for the AGPCNP track.

Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student in the MSN program?

  • Yes, you can take up to nine credits as a non-matriculated student.

Can I transfer in courses/credits into the MSN program?

  • Yes, you can transfer in up to nine credits, but only courses that have not been part of another degree program are eligible for transfer.  Additionally, the courses eligible for transfer cannot be more than seven years old and a grade of B or better must be earned in courses to be considered for transfer. Please refer to the Salem State University Graduate School Catalog for additional policies pertaining to transfer of credit.

Is the MSN program online?

  • No, the MSN program is not online. However, many of the classes are hybrid and all classes are in the evening.