Nursing (MSN)

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Nursing (MSN) Overview

Chatham University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is delivered fully online with working nurses in mind. This affordable program offers faculty expertise and support in an interactive learning environment that encourages reflection and growth in professional practice. Through exposure to evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and experiential learning opportunities, students gain essential skill sets to advance in roles in one of our two tracks: nursing leadership or nursing education. The curriculum consists of nine 15-week courses. The Master of Science in Nursing program is routinely ranked as a “Best Online Program” by U.S. News and World Report.
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Application deadline


We evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Fall starts are available.

Credits required


The curriculum consists of 15-week MSN and specialty track courses to prepare nurses for a variety of advanced practice roles.

Online MSN

Flexible Schedule

The Chatham MSN program is delivered fully online to accommodate working nurses, and is routinely ranked as a “Best Online Program” by U.S. News and World Report.



The RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Explore the MSN Degree:

The Chatham University online MSN program is a competency-based program in which students must be able to demonstrate not only what they know, but what they can do. It builds on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing foundation by preparing nurses to advance their careers as nurse educators or leaders in a variety of settings. A total of 500 practice experience hours will be obtained. Practice experiences are completed at approved practice experience sites, and an e-Portfolio is developed throughout the program to demonstrate curriculum competencies.


  1. Complete the free online application available at
  2. Official transcripts of all completed post-high school education from all schools attended. Note a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  3. Proof of completion of an RN degree.
  4. A copy of a current unencumbered RN license in your state.
  5. A current resume/curriculum vitae.
  6. Admission essay addressing the following prompt: Describe the evolving role of the MSN prepared nurse in the practice setting.

State Restrictions for Online Learning

State Restrictions for Online Learning Chatham University requires state authorization to provide distance education in states other than their own. Please follow the link below to see if Chatham is authorized to deliver instruction in your state. Also, this program has a required practice experience component. Please check the information in the Practice Experience and Special requirements column to see if the state you plan on completing your practice experience hours is approved or has special restrictions.

State Authorization for Distance Education and Practical Experiences

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Berry Hall/SCPS Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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International Applicants

International Applicants must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions. A list of these documents can be found on the International Admission web page.

NUR501: Scientific Underpinnings: Practice and Scholarship

This course examines disciplinary knowledge and scholarship for innovation in practice, guidance with clinical judgement, and transformation of healthcare. Principles of research, evidence-based practice, and theory will be incorporated to assist with generation, translation, application and integration of scholarship into nursing practice.

NUR503: Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology

This course focuses on technology and informatics in healthcare delivery. Students will evaluate current and emerging technologies used for data driven decision-making to support quality healthcare outcomes. Key to this foundational knowledge will be skills developed to effectively communicate, coordinate, and analyze change resulting from the utilization of technology.

NUR505: Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

This course provides an exploration of key concepts in pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacotherapy across the lifespan for the masters prepared nurse. Cultural and genetic influences of health will be analyzed and applied for health promotion, person-centered care, and population health.

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Today’s ever changing health care environment has created a need for nurses to be leaders in evidence based practice. Chatham’s MSN programs prepare graduates to improve health outcomes by using advanced leadership and education skills.

- Emily Hopkins, PhD, MSN, FNP, Associate Professor, MSN Program Coordinator, IRB Co-Chair

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A cohort of students for each specialty track is admitted on a rolling basis. Students are able to complete the degree in five sequential semesters. 

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Funding Opportunities

The AfterCollege/AACN Scholarships support students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree in nursing. Eight $2,500 scholarships are awarded throughout the year. A limited number of nursing scholarships may be available. A FAFSA form must be completed and on file to be considered for the scholarship. To fill out the FAFSA, please visit their website and use the Chatham school code (003244).

View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 2 - Funding Opportunities
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RN-to-MSN Educator Track

The RN-to-MSN Educator Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 44 credits. The BSN component prepares the registered nurse to improve leadership and management skills in the role of the clinical nurse. The MSN educator track provides the student with the graduate level knowledge and skills to become educators to nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as patients in clinical, academic, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, continuing education, and healthcare insurance settings. A minimum of 500 practice experience hours will be completed.

Learn About RN-to-MSN : Checkerboard 4 - RN-to-MSN Educator Track
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Program Faculty

Chatham's nursing faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field. They serve as mentors and advisors and are there for you every step of the way.

Meet the Faculty : Checkerboard 5 - Program Faculty

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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