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Take your career in healthcare to new heights as you prepare for advancement and leadership opportunities with Cleveland State University (CSU). Choose from one of six Master of Science in Nursing programs and equip yourself with the skills and experience needed to prepare for advanced roles in the sector. These online MSN programs are designed with 100% online didactic coursework, with no campus visits required. 

Nationally recognized, Cleveland State University provides flexible programs with comprehensive curricula, ensuring CSU graduates are equipped with the competencies and confidence needed to reach the next stage of their careers.

  • Help train the healthcare workers of tomorrow as you teach and supervise nursing students and professionals in clinical settings 

Learn more about our online Master's in Nursing Education program

  • Combine your nursing skills and compassion for others with forensic science and expand your role to promote recovery, health and justice

Learn more about our online Forensic Nursing program

  • Guide the future of nursing as your gain the experience needed to address the critical need to improve the quality of patient care outcomes 

Learn more about our online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program

  • Develop the expertise required to improve the health of specific individuals and groups with similar needs

Learn more about our online MSN in Specialized Populations program

  • Position yourself to advance as an advanced practice registered nurse specializing in primary care for patients of all ages 

Learn more about our online Family Nurse Practitioner program with free clinical placement services

  • Study topics such as psychiatric mental health assessment and neuropsychopharmacology as you prepare for a role as an advanced practice nurse focusing on mental health and wellness

Learn more about our online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program with free clinical placement services


No Application Fee!

In honor of nurses everywhere, there is NO application fee for our MSN programs. Apply now for free!



As the nursing shortage continues, there is predicted job growth throughout the field as more employers look to fill vacant positions. According to BSL, there is a 22% job growth predicted in nurse education over the next ten years and a 38% job growth in nurse practitioner roles, according to Zippia. Salaries are also above average for MSN degree graduates.

Nursing Careers

Median Nursing Salary

Nurse Educator


Medical Examiner Nurse


Sane Registered Nurse


Registered Nurse (with MSN Degree)


Family Nurse Practitioners


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021 

**ZipRecuiter (Average salary) 

The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online asynchronously. You are also required to complete 500 practicum hours of experiential learning to practice what you learn in theory in the virtual classroom.

  • BSN
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (C or better)
  • Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Active RN license
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended

All four non-clinical MSN tracks require online didactic coursework and practicum hours to graduate. The specifics of each program are as follows:

Both clinical MSN tracks also require online didactic coursework and practicum hours to graduate. The specifics of each program are as follows:

The MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program can be completed part-time in 1 year and 7 months (5 semesters), and the MSN in Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education, and Specialized Populations can be completed part-time in 2 years (6 semesters). The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs can be completed full-time in 2 years (6 semesters), as well.

Our online MSN programs cost $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students and $615.25* per credit hour for out-of-state students. Total program costs are as follows: 

Financial aid may be available to our online students. 

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit for current rates.

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Cleveland State University’s online MSN program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information.

Yes. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who want you to succeed. Our faculty are full-time professors and/or Certified Nurse Educators. Classes are small you can quickly get the feedback you need.

Accredited by the CCNE

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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