All coursework is completed 100% online with a practicum completed in the student’s home area

Earn an online master’s degree in nursing from Midway University. Midway’s online MSN program focuses on educating the next level of nursing leaders and educators. Our core curriculum focuses on topics in evidence-based nursing, ethics and health policy, quality improvement and safety in nursing, informatics and healthcare technology, and research.

Whether nurses want to further their careers within the hospital setting or become nurse educators, Midway’s online MSN program offers options—a Nursing Administration or a Nursing Education track. There is also an MSN-MBA Dual Degree for those looking to advance their healthcare business career path.

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Career Outlook

How can a master’s in nursing work for you?

Your advanced degree can earn you more than an increased salary. A nurse who earns an MSN degree will have additional career opportunities. Midway’s program allows you to choose to follow the path to become either an administrator or nurse educator. With an MSN you can also specialize in other fields of nursing.

Why Midway?


student-to-faculty ratio


90% of students receive some form of financial assistance


meet faculty face-to-face to get in-person assistance even as an online student

Online MSN Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions about Our Online MSN

How do I apply?

Step One – Apply to Midway

Students must first apply and be admitted into Midway University. We offer a simple online application process. Create your account, submit all materials and track your application status conveniently online.

Step Two – Apply to the Nursing Program

Once you complete a graduate application, our admissions staff will provide you with additional information to complete your application to the MSN program. Applications for admission are then received in the Nursing office and reviewed. Nursing faculty utilize an admission process procedure when reviewing all applications for the MSN program.

What are the admissions requirements for the MSN program?

Admission to Midway’s MSN program is selective. Applicants must have a BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program whose parent institution is regionally accredited. Students must hold a current and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in Kentucky or compact state. Degrees from foreign institutions will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Please review our full list of admission and program criteria prior to applying.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No. Students do not need to take the GRE exam for admission into this program.

How long will it take to complete the MSN program?

Students can complete their degree (36 credit hours) in either a 2 year full-time option or 3 year part-time option.

Are all the courses online?

All courses are 100% online (except practicum) which allows working nurses the most flexibility to work on their own schedule. The student will arrange a suitable practicum with faculty approval. The practicum can be completed where the student lives.

What are the start dates for this program?

Students have the option to start either in the fall (August) or spring (January) semesters.

Does this program require a thesis?

Students can choose between two culminating courses, a scholarly project or thesis.

Is this an accredited program?

Yes. The ADN, BSN and MSN nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone 404.975.5000 (

What are my financial aid options?

As an online graduate student at Midway University, paying for graduate school can be stressful. There are a few financial options that you have at Midway and we want to remind you to check these options:

  • Federal Loans are available to graduate students - when you apply through FAFSA. The loans graduate students can apply for are unsubsidized student loans, and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans.
  • Private Loans are available through your banking institution. Keep in mind that the repayment of this is different than the Federal loan programs.
  • Payment Plans are available through Midway University’s partnership with a payment plan provider. Information available from Midway University Business Office 859.846.5402. Payment plans are available so that you can pay, just like a car payment, a specific amount monthly to pay your graduate school tuition and fees.
  • Employer Tuition Reimbursement - If you are employed, make sure you check with your human resource office to see if you are eligible for tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.

Midway University does offer a 10-15% discount in tuition for specific employers who are part of our business advantage partnership. If you are interested in finding out how to become a business advantage partner, please call 859.846.6248.

If you have questions about any of the above financial options, please contact your Admissions Counselor or call 859.846.5819. Or visit Financial Aid for more details.

How much will it cost?

A full estimated cost list for the MSN program is available for download.

Midway University works hard to provide quality degree programs at an affordable price for our students. Our online and evening undergraduate and graduate programs’ tuition is based on the number of credit hours taken each module. You can review our current credit hour tuition rates and fees online.

What support services are available for online and evening students?

Midway’s Nursing Faculty are always available via email, phone, face-to-face meetings or Zoom web meetings to assist our students. Our job is to work with you throughout the program to ensure your successful understanding of the concepts and curriculum components.

Midway University’s Student Success Center provides both Academic Support and Career Services resources for all Midway students. Academic Support includes one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring and virtual (or online) tutoring. Workshops are held throughout the year to support student learning.

Career Services resources are available to students, alumni and others within our community to help them gain relevant and practical career readiness training through education and experiential learning within internships, job shadowing, career counseling and strategic corporate partnerships.

Don’t see your question here? Our admissions staff would be happy to discuss our online degree programs with you and answer your questions. Get the conversation started by calling us at 800.952.4122 or by email at

A Peek Inside Our Online MSN Program

The online MSN degree is earned by completing 36 credit hours, 18 hours in core courses and 18 hours in an area of concentration, either Administration (for nurse administrators) or Education (for educators in hospitals and in academia). The program is taught online and available to Kentucky and licensure compact state students. All Didactic courses are offered online.

There are two MSN degree options and admission paths into the program. There is a BSN-MSN track and RN (ADN)-MSN Bridge Program.

To get a full picture of the program and student expectations, you can review our MSN Student Handbook and review our Course List below.

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Licensure Information

Midway University makes every effort to ensure state licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. 

If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Kentucky, you should contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program.