Master of Science (MS) in Nursing

Advance your career path in a meaningful way

For those applicants considering the Family Nurse Practitioner program options: SDSU will only accept one application (either Master's FNP, Post-Master's FNP Certificate, or Doctor of Nursing Practice FNP). Applicants will need to determine which program option is their priority choice and apply to that option.

Fall 2016 admission

The fall 2016 application cycle remains open for the Master's Nurse Educator and Clinical Nursing Leadership Specializations (Nurse Administrator & Clinical Nurse Leader emphases). Refer to the 'Application & Admission' information found on this page.

Established in 1979, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at South Dakota State University prepares nurses for advanced practice in nursing administration, leadership, clinical practice, or education.

Program Outcomes
To prepare Nurse Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Educators who:
  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning,
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings, and 
  • function in leadership roles.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes: 
  1. Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines into advanced nursing practice.
  2. Display competence within the legal scope of practice for the chosen specialization.
  3. Evaluate and utilize research within advanced nursing practice.
  4. Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse life ways of clients.
  5. Seek to decrease health disparities among populations by addressing socioeconomic-political- cultural determinants of health. 
  6. Use leadership, administration, and teaching strategies to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  7. Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, address the diversity of health care needs, and advance the nursing profession. 
  8. Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing serving rural and under served populations.