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Graduate Student Handbook


Marquette University College of Nursing graduate education prepares students for professional leadership roles in advanced nursing, nursing education and nursing research. Students obtain training in critical thinking, communication, therapeutic nursing interventions, ethical practice and multicultural competence.

The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report show Marquette programs ranking among the best in the country. Marquette University’s doctorate of nursing practice program was ranked 38th nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2016. This the first time U.S. News has ranked DNP programs in its annual report of top graduate programs. The midwifery program in the College of Nursing is 10th nationally, and the master's program is in the top 10% of graduate nursing programs, ranking 58th out of 486 schools. 

NOTE: Beginning on November 1st, 2014 Nursing began utilizing the Nursing CAS application system. Applications for programs beginning in Summer 2015 or later must be submitted via Nursing CAS.

Master of science

Our master of science in nursing program offers specialization options that include clinical nurse leader, systems leadership healthcare quality; and advanced practice specialties in nurse-midwifery, pedaitric primary care, pediatric acute care, adult-older adult primary care and adult-older adult acute care. Post Masters certificate programs are available in these specializations as well as Family Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner.

R.N. direct entry

The College of Nursing developed a program of study for nurses who have associate degrees in nursing and degrees in disciplines other than nursing. This is a program to which each student is admitted as a special case.

Direct-entry M.S.N. for non-nursing majors

The master's program for non-nursing graduates is designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and who wish to become nurses. The program builds upon the student's broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated and specialized nursing curriculum to meet the student's career goals. Coursework prepares gradutes for certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader. Course work prepares graduates for Clinical Nurse Leader examination.

Post-master's certificate programs

Post-master’s certificates allow the student with a master’s degree in nursing to pursue a new specialty/certification. All programs require advanced assessment, advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology either as prerequisite or as part of the post-master’s program. The number of credits in the specific post-master’s certificate depends upon the student’s previous master’s in nursing course work. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at Marquette. For the post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate, the applicant must either be currently certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, an Adult-Older Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, or a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.


The focus of the doctor of nursing practice program is advanced practice preparation at the very highest level B.S.N to D.N.P. students can specialize in pediatric-primary care, pediatric-acute care, adults-older adult primary care, adult-order adult acute care and systems leadership healthcare quality. A post master's DNP program is also available.

Ph.D. in nursing

The Ph.D. in nursing degree program, designed to develop teacher-scholars, accepts both post BSN and post MSN students. Doctoral students develop research skills necessary for the discovery and use of new nursing knowledge and the preparation for teaching roles. The program's primary focus is on vulnerable populations — those persons at risk for adverse health outcomes. Graduates will be competent in creating strategies that impact health disparities affecting our nation.

Marquette at a Distance Learning

Adult-Older Adult ACNP Program in Indianapolis, Indiana

This part-time program is designed for working registered nurses with a valid license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. The program combines online coursework with an in-hospital preceptorship through St.Vincent in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students earn a Master of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology ACNP certification exam. For more information please contact Lori Liebl.

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing – Pleasant Prairie

Our full-time Accelerated Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, which is an hour’s drive from Chicago, allows individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline to quickly transition into a nursing career.

By leveraging a student’s previous academic experience, we are able to compress a quality nursing education into a rigorous, 18-month program steeped in online coursework, hands-on learning and clinical practice. To help students keep pace, our faculty and staff offer their support every step of the way.

Students of this accredited program graduate with a strong academic and clinical foundation that prepares them for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) as well as a successful career in an advanced health care setting. For more information please contact Lori Liebl.

Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has a publication, “Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs,” a reference for students and practicing nurses who are considering graduate level nursing education. For more information regarding the different graduate nursing education options, click here.

Marquette is committed to diversity in its student population, faculty and staff. We take pride in our personalized approach with students and quality of all program offerings.



College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.