Master’s Degrees in Nursing

Take the Next Step with an MSN

Capella offers a direct path to your online master of science in nursing. You’ll deepen your knowledge of topics like health care systems and policies as you find new ways to meet the needs of your patients.


Master of Science in Nursing

Deepen your knowledge of health care systems, policies, patient education and health promotion.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Why Choose Capella?

At Capella, you’ll find an online master of science in nursing program that meets you where you are and takes you where you want to go. You’ll find new ways to help improve patient systems and population outcomes.

Two Learning Formats

Choose the option that fits: GuidedPath, a flexible, yet structured approach or FlexPath, a self-paced format.

Get Credit for Your Knowledge

Earn credit for what you’ve learned in previous education, work training, and more with Credit for Prior Learning.

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.

Expert Advisory Board

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


Apply what you’re learning in the field using evidence-based methods to solve real health care challenges. Learn more about the practicum

I've had several faculty members who truly became mentors for me. Their support, guidance, and feedback have helped me to make the absolute most of my learning experience, and mesh schoolwork with “real world” issues and situations.

Isabel Francis*

RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics

*Actual Capella learner who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

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Three nursing leaders share their thoughts on how joining a nursing association can boost your career.

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