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Master of Science In Nursing

Aug. 16, 2023

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Cost Per Credit Hour
($1,679 For Non-Residents)


Total Credit Hours

Offer Advanced-Level Nursing Care

The Master of Science in Nursing program, offered by the WVU School of Nursing, offers baccalaureate-prepared nurses the opportunity to earn a master's degree with part-time or full-time curriculum options. Current programs include master’s degrees in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner specialty tracks. The 46-credit hour degree provides the skills necessary to sit for advanced practice certification. Throughout the curriculum, students are guided in the process of self-development aimed at pursuing excellence in scholarly and professional endeavors.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU School of Nursing

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing

Program Details

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The MSN program offers a curriculum that allows students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. The 46-credit program can be completed in five semesters (including a summer session) of full-time study (average of nine to twelve credit hours per semester).

Flexibility within the basic curricular structure is achieved through the individualization of learning experiences and students may complete the program over a longer duration. The pattern and duration of the student’s plan of study is determined in consultation with a faculty advisor and is based upon the student’s background and goals.

The program tracks are offered online by faculty at the WVU Health Sciences Center (HSC) at our Morgantown and Charleston campuses.

Graduates meet all requirements to sit for the national certification examination in their major area of study, family nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse practitioner. They are prepared to offer care at the advanced practice level to select populations and are able to perform all activities encompassed in the traditional scope of practice.

Note: It is a strong recommendation by the University and the School of Nursing that graduate students limit their credit load if they are also involved in full-time work. Full-time work and studies may negatively affect the student’s ability to succeed academically.

MSN Areas of Study and Progression Plans

Family Nurse Practitioner
Graduates of the FNP track are prepared to offer care at the advanced practice level to a variety of populations and settings. They meet all requirements to take the national certification examination (from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or AANP) in their major area.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Graduates of the PNP track are prepared to be providers of primary care at an advanced level to children from birth to young adult. They meet all requirements to take the national certifying examination (by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or PNCB) in their major area.

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Admission Requirements

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a nationally accredited nursing program and regionally accredited college or university.
  • An overall GPA on all college work attempted of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum overall nursing GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of 3 credits of undergraduate applied statistics (i.e. STAT 211) with a minimum grade of a C or better.
  • Completion of 3 credits of health assessment with a grade of C or better.
  • Have an active, unrestricted RN license in at least one state at the time of application.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing will not be readmitted to the program.

Apply To WVU

The application period for the Fall term opens on October 1 and closes on January 1. Applications are reviewed in March for the cohort that begins the following Fall term. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in April. Completed applications received after the priority deadline on January 1 and received prior to July 1 will only be reviewed if space remains available in the program.

Application Process

Applicants can apply via the West Virginia University Graduate Admissions website and completing the main graduate student application. Applicants should select the fall term, desired campus (Charleston or Morgantown), “Masters” as the admission type, “Nursing MSN” as the intended program, and FNP or PNP track.

  1. You will be asked to select a Progression Plan on the Nursing Application. The years listed are for completion of the MSN portion of the program.
  2. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Professional goals statement. View the guidelines on writing the essay.

Complete Application Checklist

Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.

Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

  1. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to
  2. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent directly to:

    WVU Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510

  3. Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).

Admission Process for the MSN Program

The Graduate Admissions Committee will meet in early March to review all qualified applicants. Decisions will be emailed to students by the first week of April. Acceptance is dependent upon space available in the programs, and the most qualified applicants are accepted. Students will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Nursing GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Professional Writing Statement Score
  • Overall GPA

Major Code: 8646

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Master of Science in Nursing requires 46 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $743 for residents and $1,679 for non-residents.

Total Degree Cost

$34,178 – Residents
$77,234 – Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Resident Tuition Non-Resident Tuition
1 $743 $1,679
3 $2,229 $5,037
6 $4,458 $10,074
9 $6,687 $15,111

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Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

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