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Why Stanbridge?

Find your calling with a Master’s Degree in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares experienced nursing professionals for top-tier positions in health policy and leadership, by building on concepts mastered in BSN programs. Two potential tracks, Executive and Educator, offer a significant increase in specialized knowledge and career potential. With our exclusive online learning platform, Edverum™, we’ve made it convenient to earn a competitive Master’s Degree without placing your career on hold.

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Choose Your Leadership Path

Earn your degree with a specialization in nursing on one of two tracks: MSN Executive or MSN Educator. Refine your skills to shape the future of patient care and make a lasting difference as a leader in your field.

A Mobile Classroom

Take your classes one at a time and access your course materials 24/7 online. Our program gives you the flexibility to learn at your pace from your laptop, smart phone, or tablet.

Conduct Capstone Research

Apply classroom concepts to real-life subjects as you conduct your capstone research offline in your local area.

One-on-One Guidance

Our staff and faculty understand the challenges you may face when balancing a degree, work, and life. That’s why we provide you with one-on-one support to help you meet your academic goals.

The Writing Center

In your graduate program, having exemplary writing skills is crucial to your academic success and career growth. The Stanbridge University Writing Center gives you access to support and resources that will help you improve and develop your paper writing. With best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage, our goal is to help you better prepare for your coursework, research, thesis presentations, or capstone research.

Award-Winning Online Learning Platform1

The quality of an online learning environment plays a pivotal role in our students’ academic success. That’s why we developed Edverum™: our award-winning, exclusive, online learning platform focused on the student experience. In 2013, Edverum received the Web Marketing Association's Outstanding Website Award for achievement in the category of education.

Complimentary Online Learning Orientation

Build confidence as you review time management, study techniques, and a comprehensive overview of the program and our online learning environment before you start your core courses.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on potential future employers.

Inside the Classroom

With a simple, intuitive interface and direct access to your coursework, classmates and instructors, getting your degree online has never been easier.

With a simple, intuitive interface and direct access to your coursework, classmates and instructors, getting your degree online has never been easier.

Online students can access a wide variety of learning materials and message instructors instantly.

Online students can access a wide variety of learning materials and message instructors instantly.

Program Guidebook

Schedule & Courses

Schedule & Courses

Program Duration2

48 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 24 – 25 months including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.) This program is delivered completely online. Students will choose from Nurse Educator or Nurse Executive elective concentrations.

Program Courses3

Stanbridge University Online offers two specializations tracks: the Master of Science in Nursing with an education specialization and the Master of Science in Nursing with an executive specialization.

The Master of Science in Nursing with an education specialization gives you the skills and knowledge to give back to your community in both academic and clinical settings. Nurse educators work in bachelor's and associate's degree programs, healthcare staff development, continuing education programs, or public education programs. You will learn how to create a teaching strategy, design curriculum, evaluate nursing students, and integrate evidence-based practice and technology.

The Master of Science in Nursing with an executive specialization will prepare you for administrative and leadership roles in the healthcare field. These positions require skills in management, organizational theory, human resources, ethics, legal issues, and healthcare technology. Our program allows you to gain these skills to improve patient care and overall management of your healthcare organization.

Nursing Core (Required of All Students)

  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • Pathopharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Trends in Contemporary Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Epidemiology
  • Leadership, Economics and Management
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Analysis of Data in Nursing
  • Research Methodologies

Nurse Educator Electives (4 of 6 courses required)

  • Nurse Educator – Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator
  • Curriculum Design and Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
  • Student Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
  • Educational Theory: Principles, Methods and Design

Nurse Executive Electives (4 of 6 courses required)

  • Healthcare Finance and Strategic Planning
  • Advanced Leadership and Management in Healthcare
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information and Healthcare Technologies
  • Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health System
  • Healthcare Policy

Capstone Courses (Required of All Students)

  • Capstone I (Directed Research)
  • Capstone II (Directed Research)

Master in Science in Nursing degree courses can be taken in a non-sequential order.

All courses in this program are delivered online. Please visit www.stanbridge.edu/admissions to take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.



Before you get started, read below about prerequisites, credit transfers and the application process itself. Applications are accepted on an open enrollment basis.

  1. Prior to applying to Stanbridge University, please contact our Admissions office at 888-789-6208 or contact us here. Our Admissions Representatives will guide you through confirming your prerequisites and application.
  2. Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Stanbridge University begins with having both a current, unencumbered RN licensure from the state in which you practice and a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration or related field or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution. Your Admissions Representative will ask you to send official transcripts from all universities or colleges and post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended to Stanbridge University (attention: Registrar). Please read the current Stanbridge University Catalog for more information.
  3. We also recommend you take the Online Learning Readiness Quiz to ensure that online learning is a good fit for you.
  4. Start filling out your online application form.
Mission & Goals

Mission & Goals

The Master of Science in Nursing program further develops the skills and expertise of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse to lead and create change within the nursing profession through evidence-based practice and leadership skills. Using informatics and other technologic advances to innovate and meet the needs of healthcare organizations, graduates will engage in higher-level practice within many healthcare settings. These graduates will foster practice innovation, use of theoretical and evidence-based practice and develop excellence through life-long learning and leadership within healthcare organizations.

Program Goals

During the Master of Science program the student will:

  1. Analyze various nursing theories and evidence-based models that may be utilized by a masters-prepared nurse in a variety of settings.
  2. Appraise current trends in medical care and nursing that will impact the masters- prepared nurse in various milieus.
  3. Synthesize the principles of cultural competence, cultural diversity and culturally appropriate family-centered care for clients and families of a different culture or ethnicity.
  4. Analyze health care policy, financial systems, and the requirements of the regulatory environment in a variety of healthcare settings to influence care for patient populations.
  5. Summarize principles of economics, informatics and epidemiology in various settings for various types of clients.
  6. Appraise care for quality and safety and integrate the principles of quality and safety appropriately in all care settings.
  7. Compare and contrast various leadership theories and styles utilized by the masters- prepared nurse in a variety of practice settings including interdisciplinary collaboration between disciplines.
  8. Differentiate statistical methods and various research methodologies to influence care in a variety of areas of nursing practice.
  9. Analyze the roles of nurse educator or nurse executive as a masters prepared nurse while promoting lifelong learning personally and professionally.


Stanbridge University has built partnerships with hospitals and healthcare institutions to enable them to provide their employees with reduced tuition benefits. Stanbridge University offers reduced tuition benefits for employees and members of organizations throughout the nation. Partners include corporations, health systems, school districts and professional associations in a wide range of industries. The following are some benefits to being a Stanbridge Partner:

Recruitment and Retention

The Stanbridge University Online Reduced Tuition Program is a great addition to your employee and member benefit packages.

Professional Skill Building

Stanbridge University online degree programs will enable your employees or members to build upon their professional skills.

Partnership Advisors

When your organization becomes a Stanbridge University Institutional Partner, you will be assigned a personal partnership advisor who will assist you with program implementation, promotion, applicant inquiries and evaluation.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge University has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants

WIOA Title-I financial assistance programs and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they give the Registrar of the university proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge University course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge University.
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 2 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the university in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge University catalog.

US Military/VA Students

US Military/VA Students

Stanbridge University recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge University provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge University will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge University focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medical math requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression. Click here to view a sample digital portfolio.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the university’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge University. Click here to visit the Stanbridge University Alumni Association.

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