Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Take your nursing expertise to the next level with an accredited online MSN program designed to fit your life and goals.

Build professional skills that fit your career goals with an MSN

Ready to take the next step in your nursing career? The MSN program at Capella is designed to elevate your fundamental skills and help build your expertise in one of eight specializations.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program overview

Our CCNE-accredited* online MSN program is designed to help registered nurses reach for their career goals with flexible, online specializations.

*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   (

Choosing an MSN specialization

Every MSN journey is different. Your chosen specialization can help you leverage your unique passions and interests to build advanced expertise for the next phases of your nursing career.*

Which is better for the MSN, FlexPath or GuidedPath?

The FlexPath format is available for select specializations. Your lifestyle and learning preferences will factor into choosing a path for your MSN*. FlexPath gives you the freedom to set your own deadlines and complete coursework at your own pace. GuidedPath offers a more structured approach with a fixed weekly schedule.

*The MSN-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner programs are not available in FlexPath.


  • Complete your assessments at your own pace
  • Engage one-on-one with faculty to receive feedback
  • Get support from coaches when you need it
  • Pay one tuition fee per 12-week billing session; books, supplies and other fees apply

Learn more about FlexPath »


  • Complete weekly assignments with preset deadlines
  • Participate in weekly discussion posts with your classmates and faculty
  • Connect with academic advisors to keep you on track 
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term

Learn more about GuidedPath »

Find out if FlexPath is right for you

Not sure about FlexPath or GuidedPath? The Path Finder Quiz evaluates your learning style to help determine which learning format is better suited to your personal and professional goals.

Why choose the MSN at Capella University?

The RN-to-MSN option

If you’re an RN with an associate degree, the online RN-to-MSN program can help you streamline your path to a master’s degree.

Professional relevance

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

Tuition and education discounts

More than 600 health care organizations invest in their employees by partnering with Capella University to offer tuition savings and other educational benefits.

“My master's and doctoral degrees from Capella opened up opportunities in nursing that I never imagined I would have the ability to do.  I became a nurse educator, teaching nursing students how to be future nurses - impacting the nursing profession for years to come.”

Stefanie Smoot* MSN FlexPath and DNP alum

*Actual FlexPath alum who agreed to appear in Capella promotional materials.