Master's Degree in Nursing

The Department of Nursing is excited to announce that students may now earn a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma.

The University of Central Oklahoma's Master of Science in Nursing program welcomed the first students in January 2013.  Students are accepted in both the Fall and Spring Semesters and applications are currently available with preference going to students who apply by November 1 for admission in the Spring semester and April 1 to students interested in beginning the Fall semester. 

The masters degree in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

One of only three public nursing Master's degrees in Oklahoma, Central's M.S. in Nursing offers working R.N.s flexibility through early-evening class times, part- and full-time options, and a convenient location for classes at the centrally located Edmond campus. 

"This degree puts R.N.s on track to become managers in hospitals or teachers of nursing at colleges and universities," according to Linda Rider, Ed.D., R.N., Chair of the Nursing Department.

"It also prepares them for more advanced career paths in nursing, such as clinical nurse leader or nurse practitioner. So, it's important for us to offer a flexible program that allows busy nurses to earn a master's degree. We believe Central is the right location for that."

Students have the ability to choose from two tracks - nursing education or specialty nursing. Nursing education will prepare students for academic positions in nursing education or for a position in hospital staff education. The specialty nursing track allows students to meet individual goals in areas such as leadership or administration.

The student who attends full time will need four total semesters (to include one summer session) to complete the program. The part time option extends that timeframe to a total of six semesters (to include two summer sessions).  For more information on course sequencing, check out the schedule of courses.

To get started on the way to completion of a MS in Nursing please review the full list of Master of Science in Nursing requirements.  To apply for the program, complete the Graduate Admission form or visit Central's Jackson College of Graduate Studies at  Once the application and application fee have been submitted to the university, formal approval by the selection committee is required for admission.

To qualify for this program, students must meet the following requirements:

a.  A minimum 3.0 GPA overall or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.

b.  Completion of a Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a NLNAC or AACN accredited program or its equivalent with at least a 3.0 GPA.

c.  Current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Oklahoma.

d.  Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics.

Completion of the GRE is NOT required for admission to the program.  Additional requirements are available by viewing the program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Check out our FAQ page or download a copy of the Master's Brochure for additional information.  To speak with someone about the program you may email Dr. Nancy Dentlinger, graduate advisor and professor of nursing, or call 405-974-5379.

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