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Online MSN

An Affordable, CCNE-Accredited MSN Program Made For Working Nurses

Complete your degree in 2 years

Pick from 3 tracks of study

No campus residency

Flexible MSN pathways

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $630
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • Advance your career in a rewarding field
  • Customize your degree to your career goals
  • Nurse-friendly, asynchronous course format
  • No application fee

Learn to Lead

With the Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you will gain the skills required to advance within the healthcare industry and emerge as a principled nurse leader. The program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working RNs, allowing you to further your education without disrupting your professional and personal obligations. 

Queens also offers an RN to MSN pathway. If you are a registered nurse with an active RN license, you can earn the MSN with Queens in just over two years. Take two additional courses before the MSN core curriculum, and you will be on your way to career advancement. If you have a BSN, you will then focus on coursework that specifically supports your career goals through your choice of three MSN tracks.

Choose from three tracks of study: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, and Nursing Informatics.

As a student, you will acquire the skills needed to improve healthcare while evaluating and applying nursing knowledge. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing theory and health policy’s impact on your organization and practice.

No Campus Residency Required. Choose a Clinical Near You

With no on-campus residency requirement and the ability to complete the program’s clinical requirement in a location near you, Queens’ online MSN offers unsurpassed flexibility.

CCNE-Accredited Curriculum

36 credit hours

6 core courses

The master’s degree program in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The online MSN curriculum consists of 36 credit hours. The core program includes six courses encompassing nursing knowledge resources, theory, and policy. The remaining six courses are dependent on your leadership track.

Choose from 3 Tracks

Clinical Nurse Leader MSN: Learn how to improve outcomes, synthesize data, and implement evidence-based care to bridge the divide between patients and interdisciplinary teams.

Nurse Administrator: Learn to work as part of an executive team, make critical business decisions, and manage the balance of the access, cost, and quality of healthcare for your organization.

Nursing Informatics MSN: Learn how to enhance healthcare decision-making and patient care by participating in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems..

Those who select the RN-MSN pathway to entry will take an additional two courses (six credit hours) for a total of 43 credit hours.

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Darby Buttriss
“The flexibility of the program was the most valuable aspect that made me choose this program. I also enjoyed the 8-week tracks of the classes which gave me the opportunity to focus on one topic at a time. The assignments were spread out appropriately and in a manageable way.”
– Darby Buttriss, MSN ’20

What You Will Learn

After completing the program, you will be able to:

High Job Growth. High Demand for MSN.

The nursing field is expanding rapidly in the number of positions and titles available.

1.8 million positions needing to be filled between 2014 and 2024.1

Average annual salaries can span from $74,000 to almost $90,000 per year.2

The top 10% of CNLs earn more than $108,000 per year.3

By 2030, 1 million of the RNs employed in 2017 will be retired.4 Now is a great time to earn to your advanced nursing degree so you can take on greater responsibilities in patient care, leading executive teams, and educating future generations.

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Access more opportunity from Queens University of Charlotte’s strong connections to two of North Carolina’s premier healthcare systems.

Explore Our Three Tracks

The online MSN program offers you three distinct tracks, so you can customize your course of study to align with your career goals. A specialized MSN degree can position you for higher-paying positions as a clinical nurse leader, administrator, or in the growing field of nursing informatics.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Administrator

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader

Champion patient care, act as a bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nursing Informatics

Participate in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems. Study the effectiveness of nursing communications, review informatics research, and learn to deliver the education of nursing informatics and information technology.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the MSN from Queens University of Charlotte, you need:

No GRE is required for admission.

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Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid

Queens’ is committed to providing you with an exceptional and affordable nursing education. The online MSN program costs $630 per credit hour.

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Figuring out how to pay for your education shouldn’t be intimidating. Many of our students use federal financial assistance to offset tuition, and you may qualify, too.

Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.

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Expert Faculty Mentorship

To become a nurse leader, you have to learn from other nurse leaders. Experts in the field whose passion and leadership have delivered results at the patient level and beyond.

At Queens University of Charlotte, every MSN instructor is a nurse and a specialist in their field, and our track leaders all teach in the program. Thanks to our small class sizes, you will benefit from their direct support and get answers to your questions, as well as individualized attention.

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The Online Student Experience and Its Advantages

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. You will benefit from smaller class sizes and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

You can complete your degree program in as few as two years.

The estimated total cost of the program is $22,680. This is subject to change.

Yes, you must pick a concentration. The first six classes are core classes and you can change your concentration at any time leading up to your seventh class.

You can choose from three specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nurse Administrator, and Nursing Informatics.

The number of clinical hours required is dependent on the track chosen.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader: 400 clinical hours
  • Nurse Administrator: 225 clinical hours
  • Nursing Informatics: 225 clinical hours

Application requirements include:

  • A completed graduate application
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework, indicating evidence of a BSN degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE. RNs with bachelor’s degrees that are not in nursing may be considered for the program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program
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  3. Payscale (2020 February 6). Average Clinical Nurse Leader Salary. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  4. Buerhaus, Peter I., PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP; Skinner, Lucy E., BA; Auerbach, David I., PhD; and Staiger, Douglas O., PhD (2017 July). Four Challenges Facing the Nursing Workforce in the United States. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from