Master of Science in Nursing - RN to MSN

You are driven to care and to serve, which is why you became a nurse. Now you can take your career to another level and maximize your impact by obtaining a master's degree in nursing from Carroll University. Transform your ADN into a graduate degree in less than two years with Carroll’s unique RN to MSN program. Select from nurse educator or nurse administrator tracks to amplify your career potential as a clinical nurse educator or administrator.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program is a 51-credit program, offered in 20 months or over five full-time semesters, beginning in the fall. The RN to MSN is open to anyone with an ADN wishing to continue their education at the graduate level. Our 8-week hybrid courses mix online learning with labs and clinicals, designed around a consistent schedule for your convenience.

At Carroll, your career goals are attainable and affordable. And, new funds are available through the state of Wisconsin for those interested in the Nurse Educator track! Speak to an admission expert regarding financial aid opportunities!

Accelerated. Convenient. 

  • 8-week hybrid courses with in-person and online components.
  • In-person meetings once per week.
  • Courses begin in the fall term.
  • A consistent course schedule makes planning easier.

Why an ADN (RN) to MSN Degree?

  • Carroll’s nursing program consistently top rated.
  • Provides an opportunity to continue your education at the graduate level. 
  • Graduates will be prepared to pursue leadership opportunities.
  • Pursue your passion as a nurse educator or nurse administrator.  

Two Tracks

  • Nurse Educator – train and mentor others, in educational, clinical or business settings. 
  • Nurse Administrator- manage care teams and plan and coordinate care. You’ll take select courses coordinated with Carroll’s School of Business.

State-of-the-art Facilities

Carroll University’s nursing program occupies space in two modern nursing lab facilities—the brand new Donald and Martha DeWees Nursing Simulation and Collaboration Hub and the newly renovated Henke Nursing Center— on our historic main campus in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Donald and Martha DeWees Nursing Simulation and Collaboration Hub

Located within Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall

  • Five simulation rooms with adjoining control and observation rooms
  • State-of-the-art medical manikins and equipment
  • Four debriefing pods
  • Lecture space
  • Large laboratory/examination area equipped with hospital beds and exam tables
Henke Nursing Center

Located within Otteson Theatre and the Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center

  • Nursing simulation laboratory - Two simulation rooms with adjoining control and observation rooms
  • Classroom space
  • Computer lab
  • Nursing faculty offices

Program Details

Connect with Us

Grad Admission Counselor Carly Leigeber

Join us for an event! Speak one-on-one with faculty and our graduate admission counselor, Carly Leigeber.
Get your questions answered about the program and admission process.

Virtual Information Sessions - held on Microsoft Teams

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 1:00 PM - RSVP Here
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 11:30 AM - RSVP Here
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 1:00 PM - RSVP Here
  • Thursday, September 19, 2024 - 1:00 PM - RSVP Here
  • Monday, November 18, 2024 - 11:30 AM - RSVP Here

Graduate Programs Open House

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 6:00 PM - RSVP Here

Interested but unable to attend? Contact Carly Leigeber to learn:
Email - | Call or text - 262-299-4128
Schedule an appointment: Bookings Link


Financial Support

  • Graduate level federal loan eligibility for candidates with 72 earned credits of undergraduate coursework.
  • Employer based tuition reimbursement.
  • Assistance with the facilitation of state NEP loans.


the CCNE Accredited seal.
The master's degree program in nursing at Carroll University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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