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Master of Science

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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.
  2. Display competence within the legal scope of practice for the chosen specialization.
  3. Evaluate and utilize research.
  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. 


The baccalaureate, master's, DNP, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at South Dakota State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.