How and when do I get started?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Request information or contact a program manager at (866) 295-3104 for enrollment information.
Is this a full-time or part-time program?
Students of the M.S.N. online program are required to take one class per session, which would be considered part-time. Depending on the concentration you choose, you will be required to complete either 12 or 13 sessions over the course of two years or two years and eight weeks.
How many sessions a year do you offer?
To align with the demanding schedules of today's professionals, Benedictine's M.S.N. online program offers three opportunities to start courses per year in January, May and August. Request more information or contact a program manager at (866) 295-3104 for the next start date.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is 10 days prior to the start date of the program.
What kind of educational background is required for admission?
You must have an earned bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
What are the admission requirements?
- Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (B.S.N.) from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750 on a 4.000 scale
- Proof of license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States.
- Official sealed transcripts from any and all previously attended colleges and universities
- One letter of recommendation from a professional reference who is familiar with the applicant's competence in the practice of nursing and potential for successful graduate education
- Resume detailing your professional work experience
- Statement of Goals
- Maximum of two pages describing goals and rationale for pursuing a master's degree in nursing. Must also include past nursing experiences that have prepared you to pursue a new role following completion of the program.
- Proficiency in word processing, email and library online searches.
- A score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) in accordance with the Graduate Catalog policy for those applicants where English is not their primary language.
Is there a thesis required?
No. Benedictine's M.S.N. online program does not require a thesis. A 140-clock-hour practicum is required.
How many total credits are required?
The M.S.N. online program consists of 15 semester hours (five classes) of foundation courses, and an additional 24 semester hours (eight classes) for the Nurse Educator concentration or 21 semester hours (seven classes) for the Nurse Executive Leader concentration.
Which courses are required to complete the program?
Regardless of which concentration you choose, you will be required to complete five Foundation courses: NRHL 5501—Health Promotion and Interprofessional Collaboration, NRHL 5502—Ethical and Culturally Competent Healthcare Professional, NRHL 5503—Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Research and Process Improvement, NRHL 5505—Healthcare Policy and Advocacy and NRHL 5506—Quality Improvement & Safety in Healthcare Systems.
Learn more about the additional courses that you will need to take in order to complete your concentration.
Do you accept transfer credits?
After acceptance, students can apply to transfer up to 12 semester credit hours. Courses must have been completed with a grade of "B" or higher taken in the past five years from a regionally accredited school with equivalent content to courses in the Benedictine M.S.N. curriculum.
How long will it take me to complete my degree?
Most adult students who work full-time take one online course per eight-week session. The M.S.N. online program offers six academic sessions per year, meaning most students take six courses per year. Twelve courses are required for the Nurse Executive Leader concentration as well as the M.S.N. degree associated with the dual M.S.N./M.B.A. Thirteen courses are required for the Nurse Educator concentration. On average, the M.S.N. online program is designed to be completed in two years or slightly longer.
Is Benedictine University accredited?
Yes, Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The master's degree program in nursing at Benedictine University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Is there a residency requirement?
No, there is no residency requirement. The M.S.N. online program allows you to learn anywhere you have access to the internet by faculty with experience in a wide range of nursing specialties and leadership and education expertise. Online courses are delivered via the Web through a user-friendly online learning platform. This powerful educational technology allows you to get course assignments, ask questions to faculty and other students, and participate in critical analytical discussion with colleagues around the world.
Do I need a computer?
Yes. You will need a computer with high-speed internet access to successfully complete the requirements for the degree.
What is the main software that I need to get started?
You must have Microsoft Office installed on your computer, and your Web browser should be Google Chrome or Firefox. In addition, there are some free support programs that you can configure to ensure you are able to view the media products used to support your learning, such as Windows Media Player, QuickTime, Compression/Zip Utility, Adobe Flash and Adobe Acrobat. Technical Support is available to assist you with configuration.
How much do I need to know about computers to succeed in this program?
The courses are designed to be user-friendly for those who have limited computer skills. All students complete an online orientation that ensures they have the basic skills required to successfully navigate the course.
Is there technical support?
Yes. Technical support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through BenSupport, which is easily reached through a toll-free number.
What is the career outlook for graduates of this program?
Many Magnet hospitals now require a percentage of nurses on staff to have earned master's degrees. In turn, even non-Magnet hospitals are adopting this requirement in the hopes of achieving Magnet status and improving patient care. With your advanced nursing degree, you'll have a clear advantage in competing for a job and positioning yourself for advanced nursing careers.
Why is Benedictine University my best choice for the online M.S.N.?
Our online Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you to tackle the most relevant and pressing issues facing healthcare and nursing today, while offering you expert faculty and staff who provide personalized support every step of the way. As a student at Benedictine University, you work with a Student Services Coordinator who will be there to help you with anything you need, from your first week of class right through to graduation.
Is advising available for all students?
Yes. Students can set up a telephone appointment to speak with an advisor whenever assistance is needed.
If you have additional questions, please fill out our Request Information form or call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager.