Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Online

Advance your career in a specialized role and improve your earnings potential through the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Loyola University New Orleans. This distinguished and nationally ranked master’s in nursing online program empowers you to grow your professional prospects and clinical skills with our supportive, award-winning faculty and invaluable academic resources. The exceptional curriculum is delivered in an online learning environment and allows you to take classes on your schedule. Your online MSN from Loyola University New Orleans enables you to impact the future of nursing, become a subject-matter expert in one of the fields’ core disciplines, and prepare yourself for success as a nurse leader.

Loyola University’s MSN program features three concentrations—Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership (formerly Health Care Systems Management), and Nurse Educator—each with a unique curriculum designed for success in a rewarding career. Each MSN concentration features a robust practicum component where you will be able to put your ideas into action in one or more professional health care settings. Choose the concentration that best aligns with your career goals, aspirations, and ideals.

Specialize Your Skills: Three Online MSN Concentrations

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration develops your advanced nursing skills so you can provide evidence-based, holistic care to individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum. Open the door to a variety of employment opportunities in primary care settings as you gain the knowledge to promote health across all age groups. Loyola University’s online MSN-FNP program allows you to manage your own time and take control of learning.

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Nursing Leadership

Utilizing a systems approach to leadership in health care, the Nursing Leadership (formerly Health Care Systems Management) concentration covers a range of topics from population health to workforce management and measurement of key performance indicators. The online MSN-NL program provides you with the flexibility to address the challenges of our dynamic health care system and positions you for career advancement.

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Nurse Educator

If you are passionate about educating future professional nurses or providing continuing education for health care professionals, the Nurse Educator concentration provides you with the skills necessary to develop comprehensive curricula that will inspire tomorrow’s workforce. Courses cover teaching methods, curriculum design, and assessment and evaluation so graduates are fully prepared to excel in an academic or health care educational setting.

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RN-to-MSN Options — No BSN Required

At Loyola University New Orleans, we strive to provide convenient options for RNs looking to further their career in nursing. That’s why we have two RN to MSN options, depending on your educational background: a traditional RN to MSN or a RN to MSN Bridge option. The RN to MSN option is available to students who hold associate’s degrees in nursing. The MSN Bridge option is available to students who hold associate’s degrees in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (C C N E) Accreditation


Loyola’s online nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Online MSN Curriculum

Loyola’s online master’s degree program includes a robust and demanding curriculum that has been strategically developed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the ever-increasing demand for well-educated nurses in the twenty-first century health care setting. With course offerings as diverse as nursing informatics, population health management, and nursing research —all geared toward refining your knowledge and skills to become an exceptional nurse leader—you will be challenged to expand your intellectual horizons in service of achieving greater professional success in the future.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
  • Nursing Leadership Curriculum
  • Nurse Educator Curriculum

MSN Practicum Experience

All students who obtain an MSN degree from Loyola University will have a required practicum experience, specifically designed to give students the ability to put ideas into action in a professional health care setting. While partnering with a distinguished health care professional as your preceptor, you will earn course credit as you practice in your desired focus area.

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MSN Career Prospects

With a population that is living longer than ever before and The Affordable Care Act demanding health care providers focus more heavily on preventative care, the health care market is becoming more demanding and, in turn, more competitive. An MSN degree greatly boosts its holders’ career prospects to compete in such an environment. Well-educated nurses are in high demand, and with an MSN from Loyola, you can greatly boost your chances at competition in this market now and in the years to come.

Loyola University New Orleans Nursing Program at U.S. News and World Report

Program Ranking

Loyola's online graduate Nursing degrees (MSN and DNP) ranked among Top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Online MSN Faculty

Three key components make up any successful degree program: its students, its curriculum, and its faculty. At Loyola, we are proud to showcase best-in-class faculty members who are award winning, supportive, and ready to challenge students to become some of the best nurses in their field. With their guidance and direction, you can feel confident in the level of knowledge you will gain while attending Loyola.

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Empower Yourself with Knowledge

Designed for current and future online learners, our online resource center provides you with more information about online education, what to expect in courses during an MSN degree program, current industry trends, and more.

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An Online Format to Accommodate Your Work and Life

Loyola’s graduate nursing programs coursework and online format allows you to study where and when it is convenient for you. We designed our MSN degree program to accommodate our students’ busy lives. Within an interactive online learning environment, you will find the flexibility to take courses on your schedule and access peer-to-peer interactions, discussion boards, and multi-media learning tools at your own convenience. In keeping with Jesuit traditions, faculty are generous with their support for students and technical assistance is available 24/7.

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A Top-Ranked and Fully Accredited MSN Degree Program

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the MSN program at Loyola University New Orleans has been consistently named a Top Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report since 2012. As well, Loyola University New Orleans was ranked among the top 15 regional universities in the South. Learn more about Loyola’s accreditation and rankings.

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To learn more about Loyola University’s online MSN program and its concentrations, and how they can help elevate your nursing career, simply request more information or call 866-789-9809 today.