The M.S.N. program prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical
knowledge necessary for advanced nursing practice in the contemporary health care system.
Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles
and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.
The Master of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, phone 404-975-5000 and fax 404-975-5020).
The program is designed for individuals who hold the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degree. Students who have successfully completed all except the senior year of the B.S.N.
program with a grade point average of 2.75 may take a graduate level course in each of the
final two semesters of ASU's B.S.N. program. The total number of credits per semester may
not exceed 15. Students enrolled under this option must complete the undergraduate courses
within the first two semesters of enrollment in graduate work. If the undergraduate work is not
completed at the end of the second semester, the student will be dropped from the Graduate
School. After admission a Graduate Information Guide (GIG) is available that explains policies
and requirements unique to the graduate nursing program.
MSN students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive exam or thesis
(with a minimum of 6 credit hours) during their plan of study. Students selecting thesis must
be continuously enrolled in thesis credits until graduation. Students considering doctoral
education are strongly encouraged to select the thesis option.