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Discover an Online MSN Program Built for Real Life

You have big dreams for your future—and a busy schedule. That’s why you need a university that’s on your level. Our CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is built for working nurses, with a variety of specializations that reflect both the current demands of the field and nurses’ changing aspirations. Our online MSN program emphasizes the hard and soft skills you need to rise confidently to every challenge. Pursue your passion and open new doors to your future at Walden.

A master’s degree in nursing allows registered nurses (RNs) to pursue advanced clinical and leadership training.

Why Choose Walden for Your Online Nursing Education?

Learn from the leader

Walden knows nurses. No other school graduates more MSN students.1

Expert Faculty

Our didactic faculty all hold doctoral degrees. Many are practicing clinicians who bring valuable insights directly from the field.

Refine your skills

i-Human patient simulation software and strength-finding tools make your learning experience personalized, interactive, and effective.

A degree on your terms

Opt for our course-based format or choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.

Go straight to your doctoral degree

Are you a registered nurse (RN) with a BSN looking to become a clinical practice leader? Skip the MSN and start your DNP.

Practicum Advantage

Benefit from dedicated teams and support services to help you with successful nursing practicum placement and completion.

We are here to help you find your nursing practicum.

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CCNE-Accredited Nursing Programs That Inspire Confidence

In nursing, confidence is everything—and we want you to have confidence in Walden’s CCNE-accredited nursing programs. Accreditation signals program quality, and assures an educational experience aligned with the demands of today’s nursing field. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Be ready for what’s next with a Walden degree.

Program Savings

Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $4,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 3, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Specialization That's Right for You

  • Nurse Practitioner: Does your passion lie in providing direct patient care? Choose from five specializations that prepare you to pursue certification and credentialing as a nurse practitioner.
  • Specialty Practice: Position yourself for advanced leadership or educator roles in one of several critical areas of nursing and healthcare.

Need a little help selecting the right specialization?

Take our quiz to see which specialization best aligns with your goals.

Which Specialization Is Right for You?

Click “Get Started” below to tell us a bit about your passions, interests, and skill set, and we’ll help you find the MSN specialization that best fits your goals.

Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Gain the knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals 13 years or older with complex acute and exacerbations of chronic medical conditions.

Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration.

Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

This online Family Nurse Practitioner specialization focuses on evidence-based techniques that can enhance the quality of care and outcomes for your patients.

Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care

Positively impact the well-being of patients from birth to age 21 in pediatric primary care settings with our pediatric nurse practitioner specialization.

Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems.

Specialty Practice

Nursing Education

Influence the future of healthcare as a nurse mentor with the MSN-Nursing Education specialization.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!

Specialty Practice

Nurse Executive

Develop greater administrative expertise and harness your experience to serve as a leader and role model in your organization with the MSN Nurse Executive specialization.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!

Specialty Practice

Nursing Informatics

Help improve healthcare delivery by integrating data to support clinical decision-making and using technology to create more efficient processes.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!

Specialty Practice

Public Health Nursing

Prepare to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk populations; and developing population-based nursing interventions.

Program Details

Learning Tracks

Robyn Woidtke

All my faculty members demonstrated a high level of knowledge in their specific areas.

Robyn Woidtke ’12 MSN

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

  • The RN to MSN track is ideal if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
  • The BSN to MSN track is designed for registered nurses (RN) who have already earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • The BSN to DNP or BSN to PhD in Nursing tracks are available to registered nurses (RN) who have earned a bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Flexible Learning

Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working nurses.

COURSE-BASED LEARNING. Learn the Traditional Way.

If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good choice for you.

Walden University Tempo Learning® TEMPO LEARNING®. A Different Way to Learn.

Choose this option if you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule.

  Course-based learning
Tempo Learning®
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your Master of Science in Nursing degree in 14 months for under $16,000 for select specializations.*

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* Based on the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your learning track, individual pace, and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience with the subject, ability to work independently, and available time.

Personalized Practicum Support

Walden Practicum PledgePracticums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden Practicum Pledge, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you register, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you can’t identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements*), we’ll help find you a match.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this master’s program, you must have a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing or higher and a valid RN license. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.

Program Outcomes

What's the Career Impact of Earning Your MSN?

Develop Your Talents. Inspire Change.

From telemedicine to data analytics, the healthcare landscape is changing fast. Walden’s online MSN program prepares you with the skills and confidence to find your unique place in this exciting evolution. It’s not just about what’s next in healthcare; it’s about what’s next for you. Become a next-generation nursing leader and a catalyst for positive social change.

Choose from nine specializations to distinguish yourself in the field, whether you want to treat patients or serve in the boardroom. With a master’s degree in nursing, you can open the door to better career opportunities, more autonomy, and greater personal reward.

What Can I Do With an MSN?

Depending on your specialization, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden can pave the way to a number of career options, including:

  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nursing instructor
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this master’s in nursing online program.


Success Stories


Meet Anna, a nurse who went to the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York. Listen to her story of tragedy and resilience, and learn more about how she’s achieving her dream of becoming a family nurse practitioner.

With a degree From Walden University, you can make a greater difference.


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