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Master of Science in Nursing Program

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Deepen your knowledge of health care systems and policies, gain mastery of patient education techniques, enhance your impact on patient care, and develop skills to expand your career potential.

Unlock Your Potential and Advance with an MSN

You have the potential to go further in your career as a nurse. An online MSN degree from Capella University can help you reach your goals of improving patient care and attaining high-level knowledge in the field of nursing practice.

Choose the path that suits you. If you’ve already earned your BSN, you can apply what you know to advance toward completion of your MSN. Or, if you're an RN with an associate's degree, we offer RN-to-MSN programs that help you earn your master's without having to earn a BSN.

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 12 months and under $11,000.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

The Capella Difference

Prepare to move forward in your nursing career.

Online Education. Two Ways.

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

Student Satisfaction

In a 2017–2018 survey of nursing alumni by Capella, 96% said they are satisfied with their Capella education.

Expert Advisory Board

Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board helps ensure your curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.

Immersive Learning Experiences

In our virtual health care simulation tool, you’ll practice real-life scenarios in a safe environment.

Integrated AACN Standards

Our curriculum incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.


Apply what you’re learning in the field, using the best available evidence to solve real health care challenges.

Program Specializations

Discover the MSN specialization that’s right for you, and explore admissions requirements, costs, and courses.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Nursing Career Insights

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Membership Benefits Nursing Students

The international honor society allows Capella nursing students to join a professional organization of more than 135,000 members.

4 Things to Look for in an Online MSN Program

Consider these factors when selecting an RN-to-MSN program.

Two-Time Capella Nursing Grad Shares Benefits of FlexPath

Carrie Strati had no plans to go further in her education since being a nurse was her goal. But after a few years of working, she started to think bigger.

Other programs to explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.


Master of Health Administration

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Master of Public Health

 Prepare to improve the health of populations and learn to develop solutions to create healthy communities and improve heath access for diverse groups.


Master of Business Administration

Advance your skills with personalized leadership coaching and data storytelling. Reach for your career goals with portfolio work projects and a self-paced MBA option.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.