Train the next generation of nurses and make an impact on the health care industry with a nurse educator master’s degree from the University of Mary.

Our accredited program prepares nurses for leadership roles in practice settings and educational environments, emphasizing curriculum development, teaching strategies, and learning assessment. Nursing educators with an MSN degree have various career opportunities in higher education and hospitals, public health agencies, community settings, and more.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
After you're admitted to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

is the mean annual wage estimates nationally for nursing instructors and teachers.

Program Length

As little as 20 months


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • BSNs who want to move into nursing education in a clinical or academic setting

Career Paths

  • Nursing Education Consultant
  • Nursing Professional Development Specialist
  • Unit Nurse Educator
  • Director of Education
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Nursing Curriculum Coordinator
  • Clinical Competency Coordinator
  • University Faculty Member

What You’ll Learn

When engaged in the University of Mary’s BSN to MSN Nurse Educator program, nurses leverage their BSNs to earn a Master’s degree focusing on gaining clinical or classroom instruction skills. Increase your career opportunities and potential salary with our accredited, accelerated, online degree program. When you graduate, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the art and science of nursing by enriching your focus on the science of the profession, along with the art of patient care.
  • Create teaching environments that incorporate the application of learning theories, implementation of innovative teaching strategies, and use of diverse evaluation methods.
  • Illustrate the nurse educator’s responsibility to foster professional competence, behavior, and role socialization of learners in teaching/learning milieus.
  • Recognize how political, institutional, societal, and economic forces influence the role of the nurse educator.
  • Be a change agent and facilitator of innovation by utilizing servant leadership principles and the Benedictine values.

I experienced invaluable personal and professional growth as a graduate student in the Nurse Educator program at the University of Mary. I acquired the knowledge and skills to serve as a leader in the nursing profession and to positively influence my students, patients, and community. The University of Mary’s emphasis on lifelong learning has shaped me into an individual who is striving for excellence in all areas of my life.


  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    The baccalaureate degree, master's degree, and doctor of nursing practice programs at the University of Mary are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

    View Accreditation ( Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from institutionally accredited colleges and universities recognized by the US Dept. of Education and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

  • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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