Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing is a hybrid program that prepares you for advanced practice — at your convenience. The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum prepares you to function in advanced practice roles in primary care in order to provide holistic, comprehensive nursing care.

Your courses will emphasize health promotion, health protection, and diagnosis. This track consists of 39-45 semester credits and 645 hours of clinical. Classes are offered in a hybrid format, giving you the flexibility to continue working while you earn your degree.

You attend class on selected Tuesdays at the Fort Wayne campus and the rest of your coursework is completed online.

Purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares professional nurses to function in advanced roles in order to provide holistic, comprehensive nursing care to individuals, families, and communities, and to assume leadership responsibilities in a variety of settings. Graduate education builds upon knowledge and competencies gained in baccalaureate education. Students use critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills that require in-depth nursing knowledge and are prepared to coordinate health care within complex systems in an era of health care reform. The curriculum is based upon nursing and related theories and the application of the best available evidence to advanced nursing practice.  Students are also prepared for doctoral study in nursing and continued personal and professional development.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Provide comprehensive, client-centered, advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families and communities in diverse settings.
  • Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, sciences, and nursing into advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership and collaboration skills to influence advanced nursing and advance the nursing profession.
  • Analyze the impact of policy on health care and advanced nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge of organizations and systems to optimize health care delivery.
  • Integrate ethical and Franciscan principles in making decisions in primary care settings.
  • Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  • Utilize best available evidence to provide quality care and improve client outcomes in an advanced practice nursing role.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted as a student into the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Hold an ASN, BSN or MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
    • If you have an associate’s degree, apply for the RN-MSN track.
    • If you have a bachelor’s degree, apply for the MSN degree program.
    • If you have a master’s degree in nursing, apply for the Post-MSN track
  • Hold a current license as a registered nurse
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • If you have less than a 3.0, you will be required to submit GRE scores of  150 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytic writing section.
  • A statistics course is highly recommended.

If you do not meet all of the above criteria, you may still be admitted “provisionally.” If you are admitted provisionally, you must earn a GPA of 3.20 in the first six hours of graduate nursing courses at USF before you are fully admitted to the program.

If you are not granted admission into the program, you must wait two academic years before reapplying. You will also be required to complete the GRE, with a score of 150 on both the verbal and quantitative areas.

Steps to Apply

To complete the application process, please submit the following. Electronic files can be submitted to

  • Completed application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
    • Must be sent directly from Registrar of institution(s) attended
  • DD214 form (United States veterans only)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference, using our departmental form
  • Complete and submit the USF MSN essay, which should be typed, two pages in length, double-spaced, APA format and address the following question: How have you contributed to the profession of nursing and what will you do to be successful in a master’s nursing program? Please include presentations, publications, mentoring, evidence-based practice, leadership roles, committee participation, and role in professional organizations.
  • Complete the admissions interview.

Curriculum Plan

Nurses are Needed!

With a shortage of doctors, advanced practice registered nurses (including the roles of certified nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner) are in high demand. The federal government as designated Indiana and one of the most underserved states in the U.S.