• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    The U.S. population is aging, and the demand for quality healthcare is expected to grow for decades to come. This has led to a significant need for nurses prepared at the graduate level, both statewide and across the nation. Stevenson University Online offers graduate level preparation with an online program for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who want to earn their master’s in nursing. With multiple start dates and accessible online courses, the Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for working nurses ready to expand their career horizons.

    Registered nurses enrolled in Stevenson University Online’s MS in nursing program must complete a series of core courses before beginning work in his or her area of concentration. A total of 36-graduate credits are required, along with a one-weekend, on-campus experience at the end of the final semester during which students will demonstrate the skills they have learned. As registered nurses, those pursuing a master’s in nursing already have busy schedules. To accommodate these schedules, Stevenson University Online offers master’s of nursing online classes. All courses except the capstone are offered online in 8-week formats.

    Students aspiring to earn a Master of Science in Nursing online can choose from three concentrations based on their personal interests and career objectives:

    Nursing Education

    Prepares 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

    Provides students with the skills to become leaders in nursing. This concentration includes 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 includes 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, healthcare law and regulations.

    Logo CCNE Accredited 

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

    Certificate Option

    Stevenson also offers a 15-credit, online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Population-Based Care Coordination.

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Current registered nurse’s license in good standing.
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
    • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation Recommendation Form
    • Resume of professional experience.
    Tuition Per Credit $625.00 Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

  • 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

    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

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

    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

    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

  • Courses


    The Master of Science in Nursing program is a 36-credit hour program.

    • 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

    Nursing Education

    • NURS 610 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
    • NURS 615 Advanced Health 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)

    Nursing Leadership/Management

    • 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-full semester)

    Population-Based Care Coordination

    • 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 (6 credits-full semester)

    On-Site Residency and Practicum Experience:

    There is a one-day, 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.