Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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Nursing is an exciting profession with many paths and possibilities

Kent State's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares registered nurses for roles in advanced practice, education, and health care administration. Students in this program develop a foundation for further post-graduate and doctoral-level study in nursing.

We offer both full- and part-time curriculum plans, allowing you to continue working while you are in the program. Many courses are online, giving you the flexibility to do coursework around your busy schedule. In addition, some concentrations are 100% online and can be completed remotely by nurses living in any eligible state.

Enjoy our guidebook on our graduate nursing programs:

Master’s Degree Concentrations

Explore our concentrations below and see where a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Kent State can take you.

Advanced Practice

Become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

100% online - Provide advanced nursing care of patients from young adulthood through old age to death

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Provide advanced nursing care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Give broad, comprehensive care to adults across the lifespan

Family Nurse Practitioner

Provide comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting for patients of all ages

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Serve children within the context of their families and provide individualized and culturally competent care

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

100% online - Provide advanced psychiatric nursing care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

100% online - Provide the highest level of primary nursing care for women involving health promotion and disease prevention

Administration & Management

Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership and MSN/MBA Dual Degree

100% online - Work in mid- to upper-level management, administrative, and leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings


Nurse Educator

100% Online - Serve as a nursing educator in academic and staff development settings

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio.  States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.