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Master's Programs

Whether you are searching for an advanced practice degree to expand your clinical role or training for a new position in nurse leadership or informatics, our online, nationally ranked master’s programs will prepare you for the next phase of your career.

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A master’s degree from the College of Nursing will unlock new opportunities and put you on the path to career advancement. Start now with our top-rated public online nursing graduate programs.

MSN Program Information

As an MSN student at South Carolina, you’ll have the flexibility to learn on your own schedule with our online courses. If you are enrolled in an advanced practice specialty program, you may be required to come to campus at least twice per semester during your clinical rotations. 

All of the College of Nursing’s MSN programs confer your eligibility to apply for national certification examinations, such as AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP or Nursing Administration. However, specialty certification is not automatic and, in some cases, must be combined with relative work experience.

Admission requirements and application deadlines vary by program. See each program’s homepage for details.


The Master of Science in Nursing Degree programs at the University of South Carolina are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2021. Our programs also meet the standards for American Nurses Association Credentialing Center, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

State Authorization

Although the University of South Carolina is a member of SARA, some state Boards of Nursing or state higher education commissions have recently started imposing restrictions for offering distance education courses within their state. Check to see if our online programs are open to residents in your state.

MSN program costs depend on several factors. Estimate your costs by visiting the university’s Bursar’s Office website.

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

  • Complete the approved program of study
  • Complete a three-hour applied research course (NURS 791) or a six-hour thesis course (NURS 799)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with grades of at least 3.0 in all program of study courses and all 700-level courses
  • Complete the program within 14 semesters (~4.5 years)
  • Pass the MSN Comprehensive Assessment
  • Complete clinical hours
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