College of Health Professions

Nursing (M.S.)

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Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing?

Like other states around the country, Maryland is experiencing a shortage of nurses and nursing faculty members qualified to teach the next generation of nursing leaders. Towson University is addressing both shortages by preparing highly qualified nurses and by offering a concentration in nursing education.

The nursing profession consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most respected fields. As a practicing nurse or educator, your work can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you are on the hospital floor or leading a classroom, nursing is a rewarding, dynamic and challenging career.

Flexible Format

The master’s program is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses or eligible for licensing in the state of Maryland. The program serves the needs of both part-time and full-time students. Most courses are offered on weekday evenings to allow professionals to balance the demands of work and school.

A Community-Based Approach

The nursing degree prepares you to assume key roles in delivering health care to individuals and families within a community-based nursing practice. Unlike other master’s programs that prepare nurse practitioners to take on many of the roles traditionally performed by medical doctors or clinical nurse specialists, community-based nurses help patients navigate the complexities of the health care system. They serve as case managers, coordinating patient care and medications from different specialists. Case managers see the whole picture rather than the limited perspective of a specialty area.

Responding to Your Needs

You will complete the graduate nursing core courses and select a concentration for further study: nursing education or clinician-administrator transition (CAT). You may choose to pursue either a graduate project or thesis, depending on which is consistent with your professional goals. Practicum experiences are planned with appropriate agencies using a time frame that matches the goals of your program.

Study Full Time in New Cohort Program

The Master of Science in nursing program is now offering a cohort program for full-time students to take classes together one day each week—the only nursing graduate program in Maryland organized as a full-time cohort. The program enables working professionals to develop work schedules in advance to accommodate their studies. Members of the cohort will gain opportunities to build supportive relationships or networks that help them navigate the university and graduate in a timely manner.

After you complete the graduate nursing core courses, you will select a concentration for further study. Select the link to read more about each concentration:



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