Master of Science in Nursing

We are not currently accepting new applications for this program. Please contact the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies at 630-947-8955 for additional information.

Aurora University's Master of Science in Nursing program is a two-year, face-to-face program that builds on your prior knowledge and clinical expertise to prepare you to step into leadership roles in the health care field. The program is offered on the Aurora campus, at the Woodstock Center and on-site at hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout Illinois. Our fully accredited program, taught by doctorally prepared faculty, will challenge you to utilize current theory and research to improve patient care and patient outcomes. At the same time, you will explore issues of social justice, economics, ethics, law and cultural sensitivity as they apply to nursing practice, administration and education.  

To personalize a program that fits your career goals, you will choose to pursue the administration track or the nurse educator track. In both programs, you’ll work with expert faculty to gain an understanding of policy, research and scientific inquiry, informatics and advanced clinical practice. The administration track includes the study of organizational theory, the business of health care and human resources, while the nurse educator track focuses on curriculum development, assessment and other issues in nursing education.


You will find graduates of the MSN program in career roles such as:

  • Nursing faculty at colleges and universities
  • Clinical educators
  • Directors of hospital care departments (emergency, maternal child, etc.)
  • Directors of ambulatory care centers
  • Quality coordinators at insurance companies
  • Performance improvement facilitators

Course Formats

The MSN program is specially designed to meet the unique needs of the adult learner. Classes on the Aurora campus are offered one evening a week in eight-week blocks, and the practicum experiences are scheduled for a full semester to allow students ample time to complete the requirements. The Master of Science in Nursing is also offered at the Woodstock Center and through AU Online.

Courses are additionally offered on-site at area hospitals and medical centers. For more information about on-site cohort opportunities, or to arrange for courses at your facility, please contact the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies at or 630-844-5294.


The Master of Science in Nursing program at Aurora University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.