Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is delivered through NMSU-Global

The Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) provides graduate level education and training in the field of nursing leadership and administration. Students enrolled in the MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration acquire the knowledge and experience to assume leadership positions in a wide range of health care systems and fulfill the fundamental requirements to secure middle and top-level administrative positions in health care agencies. 

The MSN degree is available to nurses who possess an RN license and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). Courses for this degree are delivered through distance education (i.e., online), which allows nurses to advance their careers while working and remaining in their communities. A 2-year full time and 3-year part time degree plan is available for the MSN degree.

The Application Deadline for the 2024 Cohort is August 1, 2024

MSN Degree Plans

For a complete list of MSN courses access NMSU's MSN Academic Catalog

Application Process and Admission Criteria

  • Apply to the MSN Program through the NMSU Graduate School (Here) and select ‘NMSU Global Campus’ to find the MSN program.
  • Upload the following documents:
    • Current CV/resume.
    • RN license
    • Unofficial transcripts from nursing programs/degrees
    • A letter of intent specifying career goals and a clear statement of how the MSN will advance the applicant’s career
    • Names and contact information for two (2) references from colleagues in clinical practice
  • Official transcripts from all prior college and universities (1 set from each) attended sent directly to the School of Nursing at: or You need official transcripts submitted before the end of the first semester.
  • Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with faculty (on campus or via videoconferencing)
  • Successful admission to the NMSU Graduate School
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minimum nursing GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Current unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 U.S. States or Territories
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course

Admission to the MSN Program is a competitive process based on the components of the application and interview.

Distance Education Disclaimer for Out of State Students:
New Mexico State University is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Members of SARA agree to honor the regulatory requirements of each member state. If you do not plan to reside in New Mexico during your graduate nursing program, please check the SARA authorization map to check NMSU’s authorization status in your state.  Many state boards of nursing restrict online nursing programs in their state or require approval of the educational institution. If you do not plan to reside in New Mexico during your graduate nursing program, please check the National Council on State Boards of Nursing APRN Distance Education Requirements in your state and contact the SON Graduate Advisor to find out if NMSU is approved in your state.  

Interested applicants should contact:

Graduate Program Advisor