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Department of Graduate Nursing

The right programs to help you advance your nursing career

With a variety of degrees, specializations, and curriculum plans, the Department of Graduate Nursing has an option to fit your needs. Students can earn a Master's of Science (MS) degree in 3 specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nursing Leadership. The Clinical Nursing Leadership specialization offers Administration or Clinical Nurse Leader emphasis.

For students with a previous Master's degree three post-graduate certificate options are available: Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leadership with an emphasis in Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Educator.

Students can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse. Practitioner specializations are offered in collaboration with the University of Missouri –Columbia and the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Dependent on the specialty, students may enter these programs with either a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in nursing. 

Students can also earn a PhD in Nursing through SDSU. Applicants accepted into the program via the Spring admissions cycle will begin coursework in the Fall. 

SDSU offers flexibility by delivering courses through a variety of methods including face-to-face and online. Classes are offered in Brookings, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Start your journey today. Learn more by selecting your degree of interest in the left navigation box.

Flexible. Affordable. Convenient.