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School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Prepare for a rewarding career at one of the leading institutions for nursing in Maryland.


Notre Dame of Maryland University offers an Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Accelerated programs with concentrations in Leadership in Nursing Education and Leadership in Nursing Administration for BSN prepared nurses on campus, at area hospitals, and higher education centers in the State.
  • Notre Dame of Maryland’s MSN program allows Registered Nurses to earn their Bachelors of Science and Masters degrees without a break in continuity. This accelerated nursing program option is for those nurses who are eager to increase their professional opportunities while saving time and money.  Graduate-level coursework is woven into two courses in the BSN program, resulting in two courses being waived at the graduate level. Students are offered early admission to the Master's program during their final semester of coursework in the BSN program.
  • Cohorts meet to study together once a week on the same day, at the same time throughout the program.

For course descriptions and additional information, please see the Graduate Catalog section on these programs.

Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing graduate program at Notre Dame, a new applicant must submit the following:

  1. Sealed official transcripts from all official previous colleges attended for baccalaureate, graduate and/or associate/community college course work.
  2. Sealed official transcript from Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree granting school.
  3. Download your active registered nursing license from the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

The NDMU School of Nursing prepares graduates for opportunities and possibilities of fulfilling the mission "educating nurses to transform the world." This essay is considered with all seriousness in the application review process. Take care to write clearly, logically, and grammatically correct with attention to correct structure and format of good writing. (APA formatting is preferred.) 

With that in mind, please address both of the following instructions in a 750-1000 word essay:

  • Provide a balanced assessment of your personal characteristics that may impact your ability to fulfill this mission. Please ensure that you speak to your leadership and interpersonal style.
  • Describe how you intend to work towards fulfilling this mission upon program completion. Please speak specifically to the concentration to which you are applying. Please make mention of your goals for the future.

You will also need to provide two letters of recommendation, or completed Master's Recommendation Form, written by a supervisor (charge nurse/nurse manager/CNO, etc.) who has direct knowledge of your clinical expertise and potential to succeed in the chosen concentration. Please do not submit recommendations from coworkers or subordinates. They will not be accepted.

Upon review and evaluation of all required admission materials, selected applicants will be invited to interview with nursing faculty.

MSN Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes are lived by graduates as:


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Create a space for leaders in advanced roles for ‘being-with’ students, staff, and other health care colleagues that reveals authentic nursing presence.



Demonstrate and cultivate excellence in leadership praxis through the synthesis of research, theory, and reflective practice.



Lead change by serving as an active voice for nurses and nursing with patients, families, communities, and organizations regarding health policy and social justice within an ethical framework.



Create an environment that promotes critical inquiry through multiple ways of knowing.



Nurture a place for healing, personal and professional growth, and a culture of caring for self and others.



Foster an environment of excellence and courage for staff and student colleagues to interpret the evidence through the lens of multiple ways of knowing.