Master of Science, Nursing

Definition: The Master of Science, Nursing student is someone who has completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing and is interested in working toward a masters degree in nursing with an education or a specialty focus.

The University of Central Oklahoma's Master of Science, Nursing program welcomed the first students in January 2013. Central's MS, Nursing degree offers working RNs flexibility through one evening a week 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.  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."

Linda Rider, Ed.D., R.N., Chair of the Nursing Department.


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.

Options Available

The MS, Nursing degree is available to students who have completed a traditional baccalaureate degree in nursing and to Career Advancement students who have an associate degree in nursing who would like to pursue a masters degree. 

BS, Nursing to MS, Nursing Degree

Students who have already earned the BSN or BS, Nursing, degree and are interested in earning a masters degree can complete the degree in 4 full-time semesters (9 hours each semester). 

Available Career Paths

Students have the ability to choose from two tracks, the nursing education track or the specialty nursing track.  A masters degree in 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.

For more information on course sequencing and to see course descriptions, check out the Suggested Schedule and Required Courses:  Graduate Students page.

Application Process and Next Steps

To get started on the way to completion of a MS, Nursing degree, please review the full list of Master of Science in Nursing requirements.  Students are accepted in both the Fall and Spring Semesters with preference going to students who apply by April 1 to students interested in beginning the Fall semester.

To apply for the program, complete the Graduate Admission form or visit Central's Jackson College of Graduate Studies at www.uco.edu/graduate.  Once the application and application fee have been submitted to the university, formal approval by the selection committee is required for admission. 

Academic Degree Requirements

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. Barbara Arnold, Graduate Advisor and Assistant Professor of Nursing, or call 405-974-5191.