Here, you are the heartbeat of the healthcare community.
In an evolving profession like nursing, and in a nation making
its way through complex healthcare reform, it's more important than ever for
nurses to pursue advanced education. Governors State University’s Master of Science in Nursing offers an outstanding post-baccalaureate program that
will prepare you for your future as a highly educated advanced practice nurse. Our nursing programs
focus on providing quality, holistic care; creating healing environments; and
building caring communities. The GSU nursing faculty includes Advanced Practice
Nurses, nurse executives, seasoned educators, and doctorally-prepared
researchers who provide students with an exceptional education.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) meets
your needs as a working nurse through flexible evening, online, and hybrid
courses. Choose from four concentrations to tailor your academic interests to
your professional goals: Nursing
Executive and Innovative Leadership, Clinical
Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse
Practitioner, or the post-masters
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. The MSN and BSN nursing programs in
the College of Health and Human Services are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Reach your career goals.
Keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare system as you
pursue an education in advanced practice nursing and nursing executive
leadership. Advanced practice nurses and nurse executives work individually or
in collaboration with doctors to provide quality health treatment and
management—and to provide innovations in the ever-growing and reforming
Why get a
Master of Science in Nursing?
In addition to—on average—doubling your salary, an MSN will open
doors to career opportunities only available to nurses with advanced degrees.
As you choose a concentration, consider your ultimate career goals: nurses with
aspirations to reach executive levels in healthcare can achieve their goals
through the Nursing Executive and Innovative Leadership concentration, while those who wish to advance in
clinical work may pursue Clinical Nurse
Specialist or Family Nurse
collected in 2017 reflected the median annual salary for Advanced Practice
Nurses at $107,460 with an average range of $86,970 – $120,450 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Chicago’s median
salary for Advanced Practice Nurses is $101,930.
Governors State’s Master of Science in Nursing concentrations
range from 42 – 47 credit hours—allowing you to advance your career in less
than two years.
Nancy MacMullen, Chair and Director of the Department of Nursing
Our nursing students typically are nontraditional, juggling job and family responsibilities on top of school—and they work hard and collaborate with faculty to achieve their career goals. Upon graduation, our nursing students are prepared at to advance in their profession and provide excellent nursing care to local, regional, national, and international communities.
Delcenia Kelly, MSN, University of Chicago
Earning an MSN allowed me to gain greater fluency in the language of nursing: I can discuss my research, and present solutions, with greater ease and confidence to others knowledgeable in the field. GSU’s flexible course offerings also made it possible for me to work full time and take care of my family, all while earning my master’s degree.