Earn Your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Online

  • Overview

    View your nursing career from a new perspective while developing skills for nurse leadership in patient-centered health care delivery or educational settings. At Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, our CCNE-accredited nursing programs help practicing RNs and motivated nursing students earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree that prepares them for meaningful work in leadership roles — all while studying online.*

    Here, your education can pave the way for work that gives you a sense of purpose. Request more information or apply now to take the next step.

    *The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The pre-licensure baccalaureate program is also approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

    Purpose-driven graduate Nursing programs that fit your busy schedule

    Enjoy the flexibility of an online Master of Science in Nursing program studying alongside other motivated students who strive to impact patient outcomes and advance in their careers along the way. This program will allow you to:

    • Complete your degree wherever, whenever — in as few as two years: Enroll full time, or spread out courses to fit your schedule, as long as you complete the program within five years. No on-campus residency required.
    • Immediately apply what you learn in the workplace: Courses blend content with professional experience, so you can see its impact in your daily professional life.
    • Learn from distinguished faculty who have firsthand experience: Our professors have worked in hospital settings and in leadership roles across the country and challenge students to apply coursework as real-world problem solvers.
    • Set yourself apart with an area of specialty: Follow a track that suits your goals, like one in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner.
    • Get more value for your degree: With a competitive cost per credit, tuition discounts (10%) through educational partnerships and tuition reimbursement programs through their employers, students can save at SJC.

    Ready to take your career to a new level? Apply now.

  • Student Stories
    • Brenda Klahn, Oregon, WI

      “I was surprised how much I could learn online. You would think that you have to be in a classroom to learn. But the way you could read the thoughts of others on the discussion board was challenging and interesting.”

    • Lourdes James, Charlotte, NC

      “It has been a dream to go to the master’s level. I wanted to become more independent and autonomous. I’m just amazed that I made it through with full-time work and kids to manage. It was SO much.”

    • Rosemarie Romito, East Longmeadow, MA

      “I’ve always wanted to earn this degree. Saint Joseph’s College made it possible so that I could continue working full time and study in the middle of the night. I was surprised how supportive the teachers were. [Saint Joseph’s] has the best advisors.”

  • Curriculum

    Master of Science in Nursing online program specializations

    Core curriculum in the MSN online program includes courses in informatics, leadership, population health, organizational leadership, public policy and research — giving students the tools they need to be thought leaders in the nursing profession. As students enter a specialization track, course selections are tailored to that specific topic.

    Administration Track— 45 credits

    Apply your strategic mindset and your business acumen in a track is designed for chief nursing officers, operational leaders and anyone performing supervision.

    Education Track— 42 credits

    Use your experience to influence the next generation of health care practitioners. This track is designed for RNs who want to build their skills for staff development roles or those in nursing education (clinical, simulation, didactic or online with students of all ages).

    Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Track— 48 credits

    See the full picture for your patients and their families. Follow this track if you are interested in providing primary care for patients working in collaboration with other health care professionals in a practice setting. To enroll, you must have earned a BSN from an accredited institution and currently hold an active, unrestricted RN license.

    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track— 48 credits

    Diagnose and treat acutely ill patients, and make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. In this track, you will gain skills for diagnosing and treating acute conditions and will apply those skills in a variety of inpatient/hospital settings, clinics and emergency departments.

    Dual degrees and certificate programs

    Looking to expand the breadth of your nursing leadership education? Combine your MSN with the MHA or MBA to earn dual credentials. If you already hold your bachelor’s degree, you can follow the MSN administration track and complete both degrees in a total of 60 credits (rather than 42 credits per degree).

    Still need to complete your bachelor’s degree? If you have completed 300-level nursing courses, the RN to MSN fast-track option can help you earn your bachelor’s degree en route to your Master of Science in Nursing degree.­­­

    Looking for a post-graduate education? Focus your studies toward specific career skills by earning a graduate or post-graduate certificate. We offer a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate as well as certificates in Education and Administration.

    Have more questions about which track is right for you? Contact admissions.

  • Career Moves

    The personal and professional benefits of nursing careers

    Nursing is a well-respected position in the health care community — one that is vital to providing quality health care. And the demand is growing.

    Employment of nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average, creating a need for individuals who are positioned to step into leadership roles as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), nursing educator or hospital administrator. On top of it, nurses often report a sense of job satisfaction as they make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. If you are looking for a way to amplify your impact as a nurse, then leadership in nursing could be the right move for you.

    Where SJC’s online nursing master’s program is offered, by state

    Saint Joseph's College has approval to offer the Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Administration, Education and Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP), as well as dual degree options of MSN/MBA and MSN/MHA, in the following states:

    Alabama  Alaska  Arkansas
    California Colorado Connecticut 
    District of Columbia Florida  Georgia 
    Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois 
    Indiana  Iowa  Kansas 
    Kentucky  Maine  Maryland 
    Massachusetts  Michigan  Mississippi 
    Missouri  Montana Nebraska
    New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico 

    New York

    (FNP not approved)

    North Carolina Ohio
    Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island
    South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
    Texas Utah  Vermont
    Virginia Washington Wisconsin
    Wyoming  

    Students are encouraged to verify license eligibility in the state(s) they plan to practice as an FNP.​

  • FAQs

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Master of Science in Nursing online program

    Are there prerequisites for MSN programs?

    The online Master of Science in Nursing degree requires a BSN. However, an RN to MSN Fast-Track option is available to nurses who have completed 300-level nursing courses, including coursework in Statistics with a grade of “B” or better. 

    How do I apply to an MSN program?

    The application process is simple. First, complete your free online application — there is no fee to apply. Next, provide additional application materials, such as official transcripts, career statements, references and other necessary documents to the admissions office. Admissions requirements are outlined in the online MSN program course catalog.

    If you have questions, we welcome you to contact our online education admissions staff for one-on-one guidance through the process.

    Do I need to take the GRE exam?

    No. Saint Joseph’s College does not require students take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for any online graduate program.

    Do I need to be an RN to apply?

    Yes. Master of Science in Nursing applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (or 300-level courses for an RN-MSN fast-track applicant) from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited institution at the time of graduation. Also required is a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must also hold an active, unrestricted and unencumbered RN license in the U.S.

    When can I start?

    At Saint Joseph’s College, you choose when you start. Courses are offered in cohort for 12 weeks, aligning with four terms each year (in February, May, August and November).

    Let your sense of purpose advance your nursing career

    At SJC, we’ll help you realize your potential as a role model and innovative leader in the field of nursing. Request more information today to learn more about our programs or apply now to take your seat in class.

  • Some of our faculty and leadership team
    • Anthony McGuire, Ph.D., CCRN-K, ACNP-BC, FAHA

      Professor, Chair & Director, Department of Nursing

      PhD in Nursing, University of California
      MSN, University of California
      BS Nursing, California State University

      BS Business Administration, University of New England

      Learn more about Anthony

    • Susan Belanger, Ph.D., MA, RN, NEA-BC

      Faculty Member

      PhD, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
      MA, Loyola University Chicago
      MSN, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

      BSN, University of Southern Maine

      Learn more about Susan

    • Kelly Hudock, CRNP, DNP

      FNP Coordinator

      DNP, Rush University
      MSN-FNP, Desales University
      BSN, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales

      Learn more about Kelly

    Anthony McGuire, Ph.D., CCRN-K, ACNP-BC, FAHA

    Professor, Chair & Director, Department of Nursing

    PhD in Nursing, University of California
    MSN, University of California
    BS Nursing, California State University

    BS Business Administration, University of New England

    Learn more about Anthony

    Susan Belanger, Ph.D., MA, RN, NEA-BC

    Faculty Member

    PhD, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
    MA, Loyola University Chicago
    MSN, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

    BSN, University of Southern Maine

    Learn more about Susan

    Kelly Hudock, CRNP, DNP

    FNP Coordinator

    DNP, Rush University
    MSN-FNP, Desales University
    BSN, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales

    Learn more about Kelly