Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator (MSN)

This program is currently in moratorium and is no longer accepting new students. The program has not been eliminated, but is under review for future semesters. Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs with any questions.

Educate the Future Health Care Providers
In addition to focusing on the graduate level nursing competencies, the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator concentration (MSN NE) develops students for the nurse educator role. MSN NE graduates master knowledge and skills that facilitate learning, and excel in instructional technologies and innovations, curriculum design, and program outcomes evaluation.

Blended with Education
The Nurse Educator concentration blends core nursing courses with education theory and practice. In conjunction with faculty members from the School of Education & Human Services, nursing faculty mentor students as they obtain practical teaching experience and knowledge in a specialty area. As a result, UM-Flint graduates are qualified for faculty positions, staff nurse educator positions and other teaching roles.

A Curriculum That Delivers Results
In addition to focusing on the graduate-level nursing requirements, this program includes coursework in curriculum design, teaching methods, educational needs assessments, and learner-centered theories and methods. Graduates of the MSN NE program will demonstrate nurse educator competencies such as facilitating student learning and development, assessment and evaluation, instructional technologies, and more. Program graduates are  highly prepared to sit for the Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) offered by the National League for Nursing.

Solving Faculty Shortages
Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically over the past decade signaling the demand for nursing faculty. Despite universities working diligently to solve the faculty shortage, national vacancies still exist. UM-Flint helps to solve this shortage by preparing highly proficient MSN graduates to fill faculty positions throughout the State of Michigan and beyond.

Online Format
This program’s requirements are mostly online. Students complete the required clinical experiences in local healthcare sites and/or nursing educational settings under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced nurse educator professionals. Visits to UM-Flint are minimal throughout the entire MSN program and revolve around participation in a program orientation and/or  campus residency.

U-M Resources
As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, our students have access to the full academic and research resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.

MSN Pathways

In addition to a traditional BSN-to-MSN track, we also offer the following:

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

The number of individuals admitted into the Master of Science in Nursing program is limited. Students are admitted for the winter semester only.

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • Three or more credits in college-level statistics with grade of “C” or better
  • Preferred one year of RN experience
  • NOTE: Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting MSN courses.

State Authorization for Online Students
In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

To be considered for admission, complete the online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or submitted to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of current RN license (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document in APA format, double-spaced. Please include the following:
    • Your reasons for pursuing an MSN, your professional plans and career goals, and why you want to attend the University of Michigan-Flint
    • An outline of how your past nursing experiences will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree 
    • Any past achievements in nursing including any professional organization memberships or positions, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work, or other accomplishments such as scholarly publications
    • Your research interests 
    • Any special circumstances applicable to your application
  • Three letters of recommendation are required from any combination of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • Other health care professionals familiar with your work in nursing such as nurse educators, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioner
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines

  • November 15, 2021 for the Winter 2022 semester (only admit period)

Admission applications and all supporting materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline to be considered for admission to the MSN program.

Enrollment Deposit
If you are selected for admission to the MSN program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.