Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Program

In Short

  • Designed to build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience
  • Four specialties available:
    • Nurse Educator—coursework online
    • Nursing Leadership & Management—online
    • Nurse Practitioner:  Family or Adult/Gerontology
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult/Gerontology
  • No G.R.E. required for admission to the Nurse Educator or Leadership and Management tracks
  • GRE is required for Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks
  • Schedule an appointment with a Graduate Adviser before submitting your essay with your application (see details below)

Track Descriptions

Nurse Educatorcoursework online
This track prepares nurses with a B.S.N. or higher degree to teach in nursing and health care professions programs, health care agencies, or in the community. In addition to core and clinical courses, students must complete an internship in their home community under a master’s prepared educator and a faculty mentor.
Link to NEd in Graduate Catalog
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (accelerated)
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (part time)
View Sample Plan of Study, Spring Enrollment (accelerated)
Track Coordinator: Dr. Diane Wink

Nursing Leadership & Managementonline
This track prepares nurses for a variety of leadership or administrative roles within health care agencies and organizations. Electives and practica can be tailored to meet individual learning objectives.
Link to NLM in Graduate Catalog
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (accelerated)
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (part time)
Track Coordinator: Dr. Diane Andrews

Nurse Practitioner: Family or Adult/Gerontology Specialties
These tracks prepare nurses for primary care practice in the current healthcare environment.  They allow graduates to sit for certification examinations, which authorize them to function in the advanced role.
Link to FNP in Graduate Catalog
Link to A/G NP in Graduate Catalog
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (full time)
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (part time)
Track Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Blackwell

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
This track prepares nurses with specialty knowledge for advanced practice roles in the current healthcare environment.  They allow graduates to sit for certification examinations, which authorize them to function in the advanced role.
* Program details to be added to Graduate Catalog in May 2013 View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (full time)
View Sample Plan of Study, Fall Enrollment (part time)
Track Coordinator: Dr. Mary Lou Sole

Application Guidance


Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office (407.823.2744) to speak with a M.S.N. adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for graduate-level preparation for advanced nursing practice.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations and match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students.

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NEED ADVISING?
Call 407.823.2744 to schedule an appointment or send your questions to: gradnurse@ucf.edu.

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