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Salisbury University

MS in Nursing Program

Salisbury, MD


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Salisbury University


The Department of Nursing at Salisbury University

Salisbury University, A Maryland University of National Distinction, offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing degree program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree program. Part of the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, the Department of Nursing provides rigorous, science-based graduate programs taught by a faculty of experienced professionals. Small classes allow students to work alongside mentors and have access to excellent clinical facilities including an award-winning regional medical center. Faculty are experts at what they teach, practitioners who bridge the gap between the classroom and the real-world.

A Rigorous M.S. in Nursing Degree Program with Flexible Scheduling

The Department of Nursing at SU offers an M.S. in Nursing degree program that accommodates both working professionals and full-time students. Most courses are held in the evenings and involve both distance-learning and face-to-face interaction. Faculty advisors work with each student to develop an individualized program that meets their future career goals, whether those are in nurse education or as managers or administrators in the health care industry. Full-time students complete the M.S. in Nursing degree program within 2 years, while part-time students have the option of taking longer. The M.S. in Nursing degree program is a science-based program facilitating the development of evidence-based advanced nursing skills. Students take courses in qualitative and quantitative research, epidemiology, and applied statistics. Students complete thesis projects and internships.

Nurse Educator, Health Care Leadership, and RN to M.S. Tracks

Students in the M.S. in Nursing degree program may pursue the nurse educator (NE) or, health care leadership tracks. There is an accelerated R.N. to M.S. option for registered nurses.. The NE track prepares graduate nurses to be educators in colleges, universities and health care settings. Students take courses in pharmacotherapeutics, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, technology in health care education, and adult education. They complete a clinical nurse educator practicum. Graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination. The health care leadership track prepares graduate nurses for positions of leadership in a variety of health care settings. After the requisite years of experience in a leadership role, graduates are eligible to take the American Organization of Nurse Executive certification exam. The R.N. to M.S. degree track allows students who have associate's degrees in nursing, but do not have bachelor's degrees, to pursue an M.S. in Nursing degree.

M.S. in Nursing Degree Program Admissions Requirement

Students applying to the M.S. in Nursing degree program at Salisbury University must have 3.0 or higher GPA froma nationally accredited nursing program. They must also have current and active U.S. R.N. license and CPR certification.

A Career-oriented Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Salisbury University has designed the D.N.P. degree program to respond to the growing need for advanced-practice nurses and for nursing educators who can teach and train at the college and university level to help overcome the shortage of registered nurses. SU offers two entry options: 1) A post-master's D.N.P leadership focus is available for students who are in advanced practice positions such as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, nurse administrators, nurse educators, and nurse practitioners. 2) A post-bachelor's to D.N.P. program for those with bachelor's degrees in nursing who wish to become family nurse practitioners A 30 credit certificate of completion program for those wishing to become family nurse practitioners is also available and may be completed alongside the post-Master's DNP or after completion of the DNP degree .

The Post-Masters D.N.P. -Leadership Focus

The post-masters D.N.P is a 38 minimum credit option requiring 1000 post-bachelors clinical hours. The curriculum covers evidence-based practice, quality improvement, informatics, health promotion and clinical prevention, health policy, health care systems, health care management, finance, and genetics and genomics. Graduates complete a comprehensive doctoral project and at least 400 Practicum hours at Salisbury University. Designed for working professionals and available in a distance accessible format, students may complete their degree in 3 years, taking approximately 6 credits per semester. Those taking fewer credits may take longer to complete the program.

The Post-Bachelor's D.N.P. (F.N.P.) Focus

In accordance the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Salisbury University has transitioned its family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) from the master's level to the doctoral level. Students may enter the full-time program directly after finishing their bachelor's degrees or may choose to work and then return for the DNP degree. They complete 80 credits of coursework and a comprehensive doctoral project and at least 400 Practicum hours at Salisbury University during 4 years of full-time study. The curriculum covers quantitative and qualitative research, evidence-based practice, epidemiology, genetics and genomics, applied statistics, advanced human physiology/pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, advanced health assessment, adult health care management, women's and children's health care management, family nursing, health care systems, quality improvement, finance, informatics, and health promotion and clinical prevention. Upon completion of course requirements and 1000 practicum hours, graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses' Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurses Practitioners certification exams for Family Nurse Practitioners.

A Maryland University of National Distinction

A proud member of the University System of Maryland, Salisbury University offers 59 graduate and undergraduate programs. "U.S. News and World Report" consistently ranks Salisbury University among its Best Regional Universities in the North. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine and the "Princeton Review" have also recognized Salisbury University as among their top Best Values in Public Colleges. Located in Salisbury, along the historic Eastern Shore, the university's beautiful campus is 30 minutes from Atlantic beaches and the Chesapeake Bay.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS) Nursing Clinical nurse educator
Master of Science (MS) Nursing Health care leadership

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 1

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 1st March 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Two letters of recommendation; transcripts from colleges and universities attended; BSN with minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; personal statement; current U.S. RN license; resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Not Reported
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino Not Reported
Black or African American 33.33%
White or Caucasian 66%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown Not Reported


Male (0%)
Female (100%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 4
Part-time - 2
Male (1)
Female (5)


Focus of faculty research: Gerontology; simulation education; palliative care; chronic disease management; mental illness
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD  21801-6837
United States
Contact Dr. Lisa Seldomridge
Graduate Program Director, Nursing MS
Phone: 410-543-6413