Trust the leader in Master of Science in Nursing graduates¹ to help you advance your career and make a bigger impact in the lives of your patients.
Whether you want to work one-on-one with patients or influence care on a larger scale, our CCNE-accredited MSN program can help you drive your goals forward. A master’s in nursing degree allows registered nurses (RNs) to pursue advanced clinical and leadership training.
More than 98% of employers of Walden MSN graduates responding to our survey say they would hire another Walden MSN graduate.4
Walden’s MSN program allows you to tailor your studies to align with your desired career path. Our specializations fall into two categories:
Does your passion lie in providing direct patient care? Choose from four specializations that prepare you to pursue certification and credentialing as a nurse practitioner.
Position yourself for advanced leadership or educator roles in one of several critical areas of nursing and healthcare.
CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program
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CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program*
Healthcare continues to change in both incremental and significant ways and nurse executives are needed to help shape the future in innovative and effective ways.
With Walden's Nurse Executive specialization, you can gain the essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision-making, planning, finance, and human resources.Learn More
This dual-specialization program will enhance your marketability as an advanced-practice nurse. You will expand your skills and qualifications beyond primary care into emergency and urgent-care settings.Learn More
Choose Walden's Nursing Education specialization and learn the skills needed to assure quality educational experiences that prepare nurses for a diverse ever-changing healthcare environment.
Coursework is designed to prepare you to address current healthcare problems in a clinical setting as well as participate in teaching projects in the classroom and patient and staff development settings. Stay on the leading edge of clinical practice and combine your clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career.Learn More
Choose Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization and learn the skills needed to enhance patient care through the use of information technology.
Our curriculum addresses how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite the communication process and the handling of patient data. In this specialization, you will learn about information systems, database concepts, project management, the protection of information, and knowledge management in a healthcare setting.Learn More
Choose either the Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and gain the advanced practice clinical skills and knowledge to help advance your career as a provider in the delivery of healthcare.
Students explore strategies for improving health outcomes through effective collaboration and communication. Coursework is rooted in evidence-based practice so that you can gain knowledge in providing comprehensive and cost-effective care.Learn More
Choose this specialization if you want to focus on primary care of adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults.
Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses as well as develop treatment and care plans. Prepare yourself to work in a variety of settings from doctor offices, internal medicine, family practice, health departments, free clinics, community clinics, nursing homes, rehab centers, assisted living centers, and more.Learn More
This specialization focuses on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults.
In addition to learning how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans, you will participate in clinical research. Apply your skills as a practitioner in the emergency room and in surgical and medical intensive care units and explore procedures such as transplants, cardiovascular surgery, and neurosurgery.Learn More
If you aspire to improve community health and address disparities in access to health care, collaborate with key stakeholders, and positively impact the public health field, our MSN Public Health Nursing specialization can help you build the skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.
For nursing professionals interested in preparing for Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) certification, an online MSN degree from Walden can help you meet the graduate degree requirements for eligibility.Learn More
Discover special training to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
With this specialization, you can prepare to treat patients across the life span in a variety of settings, from psychiatric hospitals to mental health clinics to schools.Learn More
“I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
“I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
“I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program that allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will transfer to your master’s program once you complete your BSN.
I chose Walden because it offered the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics I was looking for, and it was all online. I was not in a position to be able to attend other graduate schools on-site like many programs required.
I chose Walden because, after pursuing local universities, what Walden offered was better for my professional and personal life.
I chose Walden because I agreed with the mission of positive social change. Walden has taught me to be self-aware and to give the best of myself to the nursing field to evoke positive outcomes.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP codes 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse); 51.3808 (Nursing Science); 51.3818 (Nursing Practice). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
3Some entry options may require that you fulfill general education requirements prior to taking masters-level coursework. Once you meet these requirements, you will continue to your MSN program. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
4Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other certification websites.
Notice to Walden University Nursing Constituency
We are pleased to announce that the Walden University School of Nursing will host an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program from March 16-18, 2020. As a part of the process, CCNE provides the opportunity for constituents (alumni, employers, faculty, students, or other interested parties) of the program to submit their comments in writing related to the program’s qualification for accreditation status. Comments are welcome and are to be forwarded to CCNE until 21-days prior to the visit or by February 24, 2020.
If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791 x268.