Master of Science in Nursing – General (MSN)

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing - General major is a three semester program that has been developed to address the need of advanced practice nurses who hold a certificate/diploma of advanced practice, but do not have a master's degree in nursing.  Examples of these advanced practice nurses include (but are not limited to) pediatric nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, or clinical nurse specialists.  Additionally, the Board of Nursing of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations has identified the Master's Degree in Nursing as the minimum requirement for nursing instructors/faculty members.  The MSN - General major students achieve a blend of theoretical, philosophical, and ethical components from foundational to graduate level education.  These students enroll in courses with MSN nursing administration and nurse-administered anesthesia majors. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, (404) 975-5000.

Program Requirements

The MSN - General major has a minimum requirement of 30 semester hours.  Students must complete either a thesis (4 semester hours) or directed research (2 semester hours) or capstone project (2 semester hours).  All students must pass a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation.  Please see the Graduate Catalog for a detailed explanation of the MSN - General major program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably expect to complete the MSN - General major program in one and one-half to two years.  Students carrying part-time course loads have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Faculty Research Interests

Details about individual faculty and their interests can be found on the Department of Nursing web site.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the MSN - General program must have completed a statistics course with a grade of “C” or better and completed an undergraduate nursing research course. Applicants must also submit a resume, three letters of recommendation, and proof of Illinois nursing license, or eligibility for licensure in Illinois, and APN certification.

Department Contact Information

Department Chair
Dr. Cindy Brubaker, (309) 677-2547,

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Deb Erickson, (309) 677-4974,

Department Secretary
Marilyn Miller-Luster, (309) 677-2530,