Online Master's Degree In Nursing

The Next Step in your Nursing Career

Healthcare systems are facing a severe lack of nurses. Current national industry trends project more than 660,000 vacant healthcare positions by 2025.1 In Maryland, nearly 9,000 hospital nursing positions are currently unfilled, and that number is expected to rise to more than 23,000 positions by 2035.2, 3 You can help meet this urgent need while advancing your career with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Stevenson University Online.

Designed for registered nurses who have already earned their bachelor’s degree in nursing, our program partners students with experienced nurses to learn and demonstrate new knowledge and skills. Our small class sizes, personalized instruction, and vibrant online learning community of working nurses ensures you will receive the support you need to succeed.

With four distinct program concentrations to choose from – including Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership/Management, and Population-Based Care – Stevenson University Online helps you chart a new course in your nursing career.


Flexible Schedule

Fully Accredited

Complete in as Few as 24 Months

36 Credits

100% Online

One-on-One Attention

In-Demand Career

Gain the Skills Employers Want

Graduates of our online Master’s in Nursing program will excel in key skills, including:

  • Demonstrating advanced mastery of nursing theory
  • Advocating for and promoting excellence in the nursing profession
  • Understanding advanced nursing practices
  • Demonstrating personal accountability, professional role modeling, and mentoring
  • Applying decision-making skills and change theory within the dynamic and global health care system

Top Careers for Nursing Graduates

Nursing graduates can purse diverse career paths, such as:

  • Clinical Development Specialist
  • Nurse Director
  • Director of Nursing Education
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Case Manager
  • Nurse Navigator
  • Clinical Professor
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Population Health Director
  • Forensic Nurse Investigator

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Theresa Johnson

Master’s In Nursing

“If returning to school to further your education is something you’ve been thinking about, calling Stevenson University Online is an easy step. It’s something I would encourage you to do. I can’t explain how much it has made my life better personally and professionally.”



  • 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 transcripts from all previous academic work. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, students must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
  • Personal statement.
  • One Professional Letter of Recommendation from a current or past supervisor: Recommendation Form
  • Resume of professional experience.


$625.00 Per Credit / $1,875.00 Per Course (3 Credits), Spring – Summer 2023

$635.00 Per Credit / $1,905.00 Per Course (3 Credits), as of Fall 2023

  • Stevenson University offers a partnership tuition rate through our relationships with local hospitals and organizations. A full list of our partners can be found here.
  • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your online master’s degree by eliminating all fees. 
  • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.

Program Concentrations

Forensic Nursing

Stevenson’s master’s in Forensic Nursing is a specialized program for today’s front line health care professionals. The concentration equips you with the ability to combine advanced nursing skills and knowledge with evidence-based scientific investigation and trauma treatment. This focus will allow you make more significant impacts on diverse populations. The 36-credit hour program is offered 100% online with courses offered in six separate 8-week sessions each year.

Concentration-Specific Course Requirements

  • NURS-615: Advanced Health Assessment
  • FSCOR-601: Foundations of Justice
  • ED-606: Socio-political and Cultural Influences on Families, Organizations, and Communities
  • FSCI-762: Expert Witness Preparation and Practice
  • NURS-620: Introduction to Forensic Nursing
  • NURS-737: Graduate Nursing Capstone
  • NURS-765: Forensic Nursing Practicum

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Nursing Education

Stevenson’s master’s in Nursing Education is ideal for nurses who want to become Nurse Educators in academic or clinical settings. The concentration gives you the know-how to implement and evaluate educational programs using various proven strategies. This 36-credit hour master’s program is offered 100% online with courses offered in six separate 8-week sessions each year.

Concentration-Specific Course Requirements

  • 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-736: Nursing Education Practicum
  • NURS-737: Graduate Nursing Capstone

The Cohen Scholars Program

Stevenson University offers scholarship through the Cohen Scholars Programs for individuals interested in obtaining a Nursing Education master’s degree. The Maryland Nurse Support Program II provides funding for Cohen Scholars to complete the graduate degrees (MS, MSN, DNP, PhD, EdD) and core education coursework to become nurse educators, nurse faculty, clinical educators, professional development specialists, nurse residency specialists, or other nurse educators in hospital education roles. Cohen Scholars receive awards ranging up to the sum of all tuition and mandatory fees for courses in the approved nursing plan of study at participating Maryland public and independent colleges and universities. Candidates must apply for the scholarship through Stevenson University.

Nursing Leadership/Management

Stevenson’s master’s in Nursing Leadership/Management provides you with the skills necessary to become an adroit leader in nursing. Course work in the concentration also enables you to develop the knowledge to tactfully analyze and solve managerial difficulties in healthcare to achieve optimal outcomes in business management and patient care. This 36-credit hour master’s program is delivered 100% online with courses offered in six separate 8-week sessions.

Concentration-Specific Course Requirements

  • 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

Population-Based Care Coordination

Stevenson’s master’s in Population-Based Care Coordination prepares you to meet the healthcare career demand associated with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This concentration will include evaluating quality and safety outcomes within community healthcare systems. This 36-credit hour master’s program is delivered 100% online with courses offered in six separate 8-week sessions.

Concentration-Specific Course Requirements

  • 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


Students in the online Master’s in Nursing program can choose from a variety of courses including:

  • Concepts of Nursing Informatics
  • Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research
  • Qualitative Inquiry in Nursing
  • Global Health Care Perspectives
  • Project and Resource Management

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Nursing Certificate Options

Stevenson offers 15-credit, online nursing graduate certificates in:

Accredited by CCNE

The Master’s in Nursing program at Stevenson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

1. US Healthcare Labor Market. Mercer. 2021.
2. 2022 State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce Report. Maryland Hospital Association. August 2022.
3. Maryland Nursing Workforce Study. Global Data. June 2022.