Graduate Student



Graduate Student Handbook


Program learning outcomes and performance indicators:

Students will be able to demonstrate competence in a selected scope of graduate-level nursing practice as evidenced by their ability to:

Frequently asked questions

Maureen E. O'Brien, Ph.D., R.N., P.C.N.S.-B.C.
Associate Dean
(414) 288-3869
Clark Hall, 267

Karen Nest
Graduate Program Coordinator
(414) 288-3810

Tionne Reed
Program and Communication Coordinator
(414) 288-3869

Master of science in nursing (M.S.N.)

The master of science in nursing prepares nurses for advanced roles in nursing. Students can specialize in acute care nurse practitioner, adults, older adults, children, nurse-midwifery, health care systems leadership, and clinical nurse leader.

Option Option Coordinator Email Phone

Adult - Older Adult Acute Care

Dr. Linda Piacentine

(414) 288-5696


Adult - Older Adult Primary Care

Dr. Christine Shaw (414) 288-3843

Adult - Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Christine Shaw (414) 288-3843

Pediatrics Primary Care

Dr. Kristin Haglund (414) 288-3824

Pediatrics Acute Care

Dr. Christine Schindler (414) 288-6179


Dr.Lisa Hanson


(414) 288-3841

Clinical Nurse Leader

Dr. Kathy Bobay (414) 288-3851

Systems Leadership & Healthcare Quality

Dr. Kathy Bobay (414) 288-3851



Adult-Older Adult Acute Care

Adult-Older Adult Primary Care

Adult-Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

Pediatrics Primary Care

Pediatrics Acute Care


Clinical Nurse Leader

Systems Leadership & Healthcare Quality

M.S.N. for A.D.N. R.N.s with non-nursing degrees

The College of Nursing developed this program of study for nurses who have associate degrees in nursing and baccalaureate or higher degrees in disciplines other than nursing.

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

This program is designed for non-nursing graduates — individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. 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. Students then complete the M.S.N. requirements in a specialty area.


The joint M.B.A./M.S.N. program leads to a master of science in nursing with a specialization in health care systems leadership and M.B.A. degree. The programs cover the functional areas of business and prepare nurses for roles in nursing administration.

Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in Indianapolis, Indiana

This program is designed for current RNs with a valid license who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program combines online theoretical 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.



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.