Graduate Student


FAQs about Marquette's College of Nursing Master of Science

Down ArrowQ: What are the prerequisites?

     A: Students must submit a completed application, have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree, three letters of recommendation (one academic recommendation preferred), have a GPA of at least 3.0 and successful completion of the following courses with a C or better:

  • Nursing Research 3 credits
  • Health Assessment 3 credits
  • Statistics (with Inferential Analysis) 3 credits — within five years of program start date

In addition, students must hold a current RN License in the state of Wisconsin and must be in good standing. A current Resume and a Goal Statement are also required.

Down ArrowQ: Do the prerequisites have to be completed before start of the program?
     A: Statistics can be taken the first semester, however all other prerequisites need to be completed before the start of the program.

Down ArrowQ: When can I apply?
     A: Students should apply 3 to 6 months before their intended start date. Deadlines are posted in Nursing CAS.

Down ArrowQ: Do I have to take the GRE?
     A: You only have to take the GRE if your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.2.

Down ArrowQ: How much is tuition?
     A: More information on the cost of graduate tuition is on our tuition and costs webpage.

Down ArrowQ: Where can I find information on graduate financial aid?
     A: A: For more information regarding financial aid, visit Marquette Central.

Down ArrowQ: Are any of the classes offered Online?
     A: Yes, but the majority of course work still includes class time.

Down ArrowQ: How long does the program take to complete?
     A: This will depend upon if you go full-time and the option you select. Part-time program plans are set up individually. Regardless, the MSN program must be completed within 6 years.

Down ArrowQ: What options do you offer?

     A:We offer a Master of Science Degree and the specialty options are:

Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse practitioner, Adult-Older Adult Primary Care nurse practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery,  Pediatrics Primary Care, Pediatrics Acute Care, and Clinical Nurse Leader and Systems Leadership & Healthcare Quality. 

Down ArrowQ: Do I have to interview for a certain option?
     A: Yes. The Midwifery option requests an interview for selected students. Otherwise, it is encouraged that students speak with their option coordinator.

Down ArrowQ: How large are the clinical groups and will I be able to pick my own?
     A: Clinicals are arranged by the college. Please contact the Option Coordinator for more clinical information. To find out who the option coordinator is for each program.

Down ArrowQ: When are classes offered?
     A: Classes are typically offered during the late afternoon and evening. Not all courses are offered every semester. Your academic advisor will create a program plan to help keep you on track.


College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.