M.S. Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed for the registered nurse who is a graduate of a baccalaureate program in nursing. Courses meet once per week during late afternoon and evening hours. The program is built on a tradition of excellence in nursing education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A distinctive feature of the program is an emphasis on nursing care in a culturally diverse society. We believe in providing care that values understanding the stories of patients, including those who are marginalized in our society.

Two tracks of study are offered: Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Leader. The program prepares students for the certification exam.

  • Fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Includes clinical experiences (672 clock hours) with approved preceptors
  • Degrees conferred: Masters of Science in Nursing with either a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus or a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) focus
  • Graduates are eligible for certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Program Distinctives:

  • The director collaborates with students in arranging the clinical placements. Many programs require students to find their own clinical placements.
  • Loans may be available to those who qualify and complete a FAFSA.
  • Cohort model (students move through the coursework as a group).
  • After the first semester, students take one course at a time.

Length of program:

  • 3 years (8 semesters), part time, 48 credits.
  • Because the program is part time, many students can continue to work at their regular position. Although, it may be difficult to work full time while also doing clinicals


  • For 2014-15, the cost $620/credit hour plus a student fee that changes for each year of the program.
  • Books are not included in the tuition. Most adult learners prefer to purchase their own books.
  • Number of credits for each year of the program:
    • Year 1 = 18 credit hours
    • Year 2 = 17 credit hours
    • Year 3 = 13 credit hours


  • One night a week
  • Tuesdays from 3 to 9 pm

View an M.S.N. sample schedule.


  • Pass rate for National Certification Exams exceeds the rate set by CCNE (accrediting organization)
  • 100% of graduates employed in APRN role within 12 months of graduation

Why get a master of science in nursing degree at Goshen College?

  1. Personal relationship with professors
  2. The program collaborates with students to find quality clinical preceptors
  3. Relationships with classmates. (Cohort model encourages the development of long-term relationships with peers.)
  4. This is a face-to-face, affordable program