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Master's in Nursing

Prepare for an Advanced Role in Nursing

Earn your master’s to become a nurse educator, leader, or manager.

  • Program Overview

    There is a significant need for nurses prepared at the graduate level, both statewide and across the nation. Stevenson University offers an online graduate program to registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who want to earn their master’s degree. With multiple start dates and accessible online courses, the Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for working adults ready to expand their career horizons. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

    Student can choose from three concentrations based on their personal interests and career aspirations:

    Nursing Education

    Preparing students to become nursing educators in an academic or clinical setting as they implement and evaluate courses using multiple strategies. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to develop curriculum designs appropriate to the educational setting and utilize concepts of health protection, promotion, and maintenance to address the needs of relevant cultures.

    Nursing Leadership/Management

    Providing students with the skills to become leaders in nursing, this concentration will include analyzing managerial difficulties in healthcare and providing resource solutions as well as promoting best business management practices that improve the health of our citizens. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to apply leadership theories and principles of human resource management to improve and promote nursing care.

    Population-Based Care Coordination

    Preparing students for roles that have increased in demand since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this concentration will include evaluating quality and safety outcomes within community healthcare systems. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to design a plan of care for specific populations incorporating knowledge of community resources, health care law, and regulations.


    The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Stevenson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  • Courses


    The Nursing master's program allows students to focus on one nursing course at a time, building a foundation for future coursework as they progress. Core courses must be successfully completed before starting courses in the chosen area of concentration. Students are required to complete 36 graduate credits to earn a master’s degree. All courses, except the capstone, are offered online in 8-week formats.

    Core Courses

    • NURS 515 Concepts of Nursing Informatics
    • NURS 520 Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research
    • NURS 530 Qualitative Inquiry in Nursing
    • NURS 547 Global Health Care Perspectives
    • NURS 557 Project and Resource Management

    Concentration Requirements

    Nursing Education 

    • NURS 610 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
    • NURS 615 Advanced Physical Assessment
    • NURS 632 Curriculum Design: Innovation 
    • NURS 635 Teaching and Learning Strategies/Evaluation
    • NURS 642 Instructional Media in Education
    • NURS 740 Nursing Education Capstone (6 credits-full semester)


    • NURS 650 Organizational Behavior in Health Care
    • NURS 652 Health Care Finance: Challenges of the Future
    • NURS 660 Planning for Evidence-Based Practice
    • NURS 662 Quality Management in Health Care
    • Graduate Level Elective
    • NURS 750 Nursing Leadership/Management Capstone (6 credits)

    Population-Based Care 

    • NURS 600 Managerial Epidemiology and Statistics
    • NURS 670 Communication and Conflict Resolution
    • NURS 672 Population-Based Care – Vulnerable Populations
    • NURS 674 Professional/Legal Issues in Population-Based Care
    • Graduate Level Elective 
    • NURS 760 Population-Based Care Coordination Capstone

    On-Site Residency and Practicum Experience

    There is a one-weekend, on-campus requirement at the completion of the final semester. This provides students an opportunity to synthesize all of their learning experiences and demonstrate achievement of program outcomes. A 135-hour practicum provides students an opportunity to work with an experienced nurse educator, nurse leader/manager, or care coordinator to further develop their newly learned skills. The practicum is incorporated into the final capstone course and is offered in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Current registered nurse’s license in good standing.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement: 250-350 words.
    • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation Recommendation Form
    • Resume of professional experience.
  • Faculty



    Judith A. Feustle, RN, Sc.D. (1991)
    Associate Dean of Nursing
    B.S.N, The University of Maryland School of Nursing
    M.Ed., The Johns Hopkins University
    M.S., The University of Maryland School of Nursing
    Sc.D, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

    Beverly Bye, RN (2011)
    Associate Professor, Nursing
    B.S., Ed.D., Towson University
    M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
    M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Inex A. Scholler-Jaquish, RN, Ph.D. (2007)
    Associate Professor of Nursing
    B.S.N., Arizona State University;
    M.S., Loyola College;
    Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

    Lisa Urban, RN, Ph.D. (2011)
    Professor, Nursing
    B.S.N., Russell Sage College
    M.S.N., Columbia University
    Ph.D., Capella University

    Joyce Williams, RN (2012)
    Assistant Professor, Nursing
    B.A., Antioch University
    M.F.S.A., Oklahoma State University
    D.N.P., University of Tennessee


    Sharon B. Buchbinder, RN, Ph.D. (2011)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    B.A., University of Connecticut
    M.A., University of Hartford
    A.A.S, Maria College of the State University of New York
    Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

    Marie A. DiPasquale, RN (2004)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    A.A.S., B.S., M.S., Pace University

    Deborah E. King, RN, Ph.D. (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    B.S.N., City University of New York
    M.S., University of MD, Baltimore
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Baltimore

    Karen Russell, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    A.A., College of Southern Maryland
    B.S.N., University of Maryland, Baltimore;
    M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore

  • Tuition


    Tuition (per credit): $625
    Stevenson University has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    The School of Graduate and Professional Studies partners with local hospitals to offer a tuition discount to employees who continue their education at Stevenson University in either the RN to BS, RN to MS, or Graduate Nursing programs. For a full list of Stevenson's healthcare organization partners, please visit our Partnerships page. For more information about the tuition discount available through your employer's partnership with Stevenson University, email .

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