Train the next generation of nurses and make an impact on the healthcare 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 that emphasize curriculum development, teaching strategies, and learning assessment. Nursing educators with an MSN degree have a variety of career opportunities, not only in higher education but also hospitals, public health agencies, community settings, and more.

At a Glance

Median annual wage 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 University of Mary’s BSN to MSN Nurse Educator program, nurses leverage their BSNs to earn a Master’s degree that focuses on gaining skills in clinical or classroom instruction. 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 through the utilization of 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.

Nicole Hatzenbuhler RN MSN Nurse Educator


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    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Details

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes.

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? 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 [email protected]
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Professional goals statement
  • Resume
  • Background check/background check disclosure form
  • Application/enrollment fee – This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Two References (references should include one former or current supervisor, prior college faculty, or current colleague)

To view a sample program of study, click here.

View the student handbook for more information.

  • Online, accelerated
  • Tuition: $450 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $30 per credit

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

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