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Important Update:

Due to continued impacts of the ice storm, UCO will be closed Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30. All classes and activities are cancelled. Offices are closed.


UCO requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a mask on campus when around others, both indoors and outdoors, and practice physical distancing of at least six feet when possible. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, has been directly exposed to COVID-19 or has tested positive, fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage. View a list of UCO's virtual services.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree will help to provide for the increasing global need of health care practitioners with expanded nursing knowledge. The degree is available to students who have completed a traditional baccalaureate degree in nursing and to Career Advancement students who have an associate degree in nursing who would like to pursue a master's degree. 

The Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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  • Exclusively online nursing courses
  • 100 clinical hours required
  • Flexible, personalized electives
  • As low as $15,000
  • May complete in as little as 16 months (full time)

Courses You'll Take

Nursing graduate students have the ability to choose from two tracks, the nursing education track or the specialty nursing track.  A master's degree in nursing education will prepare students for academic positions in nursing education or for a position in hospital staff education. The specialty nursing track allows students to meet individual goals in areas such as leadership or administration.


Exclusively Online

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Meet the Nursing Faculty

Learn more about the faculty in the Department of Nursing.

Contact Information

For detailed information about the Master of Science in Nursing program, email Karen Vessier, Ph.D, RN.

Admission Requirements

Online application for admission.

Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions. Application materials and undergraduate transcripts must show:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted;
  • Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program that has received nursing accreditation from an agency approved by the Department of Education or its equivalent with at least a 3.00 GPA;
  • Preference will be given to individuals with a current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Oklahoma. Conditional admission will be considered for individuals in the process of obtaining licensure;
  • Complete an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics; and,
  • A written statement of purpose describing the applicant’s plans and rationale for graduate study at UCO.

Application may be made for conditional admission by students having an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 or at least 2.25 with five years having passed since the date of the first bachelor’s degree. Formal approval by the selection committee is required for admission.

Review the nursing degree sheet for additional requirements that may not be listed above.