• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    For working registered nurses, earning a master’s degree in nursing can potentially open up new career opportunities and advance their professional growth. Stevenson University Online’s RN to MS in Nursing option is designed with working adults in mind, offering the resources they need to excel in their field and earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Through the expertise and experience of Stevenson University’s accomplished nursing faculty, students who take advantage of the RN to MS option are taught the skills they need to advance their careers and realize their true potential as nurses. Stevenson University has one of the top accredited nursing programs in Maryland. Through the RN to MS Nursing option, students will continue their professional education with courses that are built around their schedules. The first graduate nursing course taken as a part of the RN to MS curriculum is at the undergraduate tuition rate.

    Built Around Nursing

    Stevenson University Online understands that working registered nurses lead busy lives. As a result, the RN to MS in Nursing option offers courses taught in two formats — either fully online or in a hybrid format that supplements online instruction with on-site courses. On-site courses are offered at higher education centers, community colleges, or select hospitals throughout Maryland, which provides students the opportunity to learn in an actual healthcare environment. Students also have the option of enrolling in any non-nursing-related courses required for the program at a partnered community college. Primarily offered online in 8-week sessions, courses are available at multiple start dates during the year. The only exception to this is NURS 424, which runs for a full 16-week semester. 

    Logo CCNE Accredited 

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

    Choosing Your Path

    Students of the RN to MS in Nursing option can choose from three concentrations based on their personal interests and career aspirations: Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership/Management and Population-Based Care Coordination.   

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application.
    • Current registered nurses license in good standing.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Official college transcripts from each college previously attended. (If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, they will need to be evaluated by WES).
    • Completion of ENG 151 or equivalent.
    • Personal statement.
    Tuition Per Credit  $495.00 Cost per Course
    (3-Credit Course)

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. Students are eligible to transfer up to 70-credit hours from a community college or up to 90-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.

    Guides for Transfer Students

    Anne Arundel Community College
    Baltimore City Community College
    Carroll Community College
    Community College Baltimore County
    Chesapeake College
    College of Southern Maryland
    Hagerstown Community College
    Harford Community College
    Howard Community College
    Montgomery College
    Prince George’s Community College

    For more information, please contact Ruth Berenson at rberenson@stevenson.edu or call 844-698-0893.

  • 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

    Wynne Aroom, RN (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S.N., Northeastern University
    M.S., University of Maryland

    Dona H. Benford, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
    B.A., Arcadia University;
    B.S.N, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
    M.S.N., University of Maryland at Baltimore

    Noni L. Bodkin, RN (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    B.S. Indiana University
    M.S., University of Illinois, Chicago
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    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

    Lynn Marie E. Bullock (2013)
    Adjunct Professor, RNBS Nursing
    B.S., Syracuse University
    M.S., Towson University
    DNP, The Johns Hopkins University

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

    Rebecca Colt-Ferguson (2015)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    M.S. University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Linda K. Cook, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    A.S., Monroe Community College
    B.S.N., Alfred University
    M.S., Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Laura K. Culbertson, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S., M.S., University of Maryland at Baltimore

    Michelle D'Alessandro, RN (2013)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    BSN, Villa Nova University
    MSN, The Johns Hopkins University
    DNP, University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Nora Hamilton, RN (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    A.A.S., Illinois Valley Community College
    BSN, Olivet Nazarene University
    MSN, University of Phoenix

    Gary N. Hicks, RN (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing 
    A.A., Harford Community College
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S., Towson University

    Geetha Kada (2013)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Nursing
    B.S., MSN, Omayal Achi College of Nursing
    M.A., University of Chennai
    Ph.D., Capella 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

    Stephanie Kratzen (2015)
    Adjunct Professor, RNBS Nursing
    B.S.N., Towson University
    M.S., D.N.P., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Sandra Lucci, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S., Rutgers University
    M.S., University of Maryland

    Rose Miller, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    A.A., George C. Wallace State Community College
    B.S., Troy State University
    M.P.A., Auburn University
    M.S.N., University of Alabama

    Christine A. Mister-Ward (2017)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S., Coppin State University
    M.S., Morgan State University

    Lisa Paris (2013)
    Adjunct Professor, RNBS Nursing
    B.S.N., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    M.A., Hood College
    D.N.P., The Johns Hopkins University

    Dixie D. Poe, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia
    M.G.A., University of Maryland University College
    M.S., Bowie State University

    Maureen Roecker (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing RNBS
    B.A., B.S.N., Notre Dame of Maryland University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Alwilda Scholler-Jaquish, RN (2007)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing Graduate
    BSN, Arizona State University
    M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    M.S., Loyola University Maryland
    Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

    Donna R. Swope, RN (1994)
    Adjunct Professor, RNBS
    Nursing B.S.N., 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

    Stephanie Watkins, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    B.S., Stevenson University
    M.S., Towson University

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

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements

    The online RN to MS option for registered nurses is 120 credits. Registered nurses may transfer prerequisite courses, college core, and nursing program requirements or take them at Stevenson University Online. In accordance with the Maryland RN to BS articulation model, 30 upper-division nursing credits are awarded to the registered nurse with an active, unencumbered Maryland or Compact state license upon enrollment into the RN to MS option. 

    Major Requirements

    • GPS 200 Adult Learning Theory & Practice
    • NURS 312 Physical Assessment and Pathophysiology
    • NURS 313 Professional Seminar I
    • NURS 315 Information Technology in Nursing and Health Care
    • NURS 414 Nursing Leadership for RNs
    • NURS 415 Professional Seminar II
    • NURS 418 Nursing Research for RNs
    • NURS 424 Health in the Community*
    • NURS 434 Professional Seminar III
    • NURS 515 Concepts of Nursing Informatics

    Additional Bachelor's Program Requirements

    • Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Composition & Writing from Sources
    • Ethics
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics

    *Required Clinical

    Master's Program Requirements

    Students will choose a concentration in Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership/Management, or Population-Based Care Coordination. In addition to the concentration courses, students are required to complete the master’s core courses for a total of 36 graduate credits. 

    Clinical Experience

    A part of NURS 424 Health in the Community is a 45-hour clinical experience that provides registered nurse students an opportunity to immerse themselves in community-focused healthcare. Theoretical concepts will be applied in a mentored clinical experience where public or community health concerns can be identified. The setting will be selected under the guidance of the faculty. Students will explore nursing care provided to groups within the community based on nursing research and using the nursing process, community assessment, goal setting and community planning. This course is offered in spring, summer and fall semesters.