Nursing, Master's

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing


Advance your passion for patient care at the same time you advance your career.


Nursing is a varied and complex field full of lucrative professional and leadership opportunities. A graduate education can help you meet the challenges of increasing responsibilities as well as critical staffing and leadership needs.

With a variety of specializations, the field of nursing offers lucrative salary ranges for practitioners and leaders with specialized skill. And for those who want to leave active practice, an advanced degree can open the door to mentorship and educator roles, where you play an active part in helping other nurses succeed.

Learn how to:

  • Apply advanced knowledge from sciences and humanities to support advanced nursing practice and role development
  • Advance nursing practice through advanced knowledge of nursing theories and concepts
  • Apply knowledge and skills to specialized nursing roles
  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills to the research process
  • Use appropriate theoretical frameworks to provide care for urban-based ethnically and culturally diverse clients, in health and illness
  • Plan, initiate, and evaluate change in the health care system
  • Use computers and other technologies to manage, evaluate, and investigate health care issues
  • Develop and implement leadership strategies to improve health care
  • Foster continuity of care through collaboration with multi-disciplined health care teams
  • Advocate for health care consumer improvement and advancement of the nursing profession
  • Serve the nursing profession as a lifelong learner and professional member of society
  • Apply program knowledge and skills to doctoral study
Students studying

750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

The graduate nursing program at Coppin responds to the health personnel trends and needs of Baltimore City's urban communities. Additionally, it prioritizes academic and professional education. Students continue to build on theoretical foundations, analyze and critique research and practice literature, as well as engage in opportunities to determine and implement best practices.

Our program provides the space for practicing nurse professionals to learn and advance the skills needed to serve as experts who provide direct patient care in specialized clinical areas. Graduates incorporate advanced theory and research into the competencies required to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of health for issues related to culturally diverse clients.

There is more information about major requirements in the Program Requirements section on this page.

Admission Requirements

The MSN is an advanced degree that builds on foundational skills learned in an undergraduate program. Submit all application materials to the School of Graduate Studies.

Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Coppin State University online application
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. We may offer provisional acceptance for prospective students with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Satisfactory completion of a basic Statistics course Copy of active nursing license in at least 1 state or foreign country. Please note, some courses require a U.S. license.
  • 3 professional recommendations that highlight your personal and professional qualifications
  • Personal interview

We recommend you keep copies of all your application documents for your records. These application documents may include transcripts, recommendations, and applications. Also, be sure to contact the School of Graduate Studies as soon as you apply to schedule a meeting with a graduate faculty member.

Important Dates to Remember

  • July 15th is application deadline for fall semester
  • December 15th is the application deadline for spring semester

Study Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. While most graduate students follow this study plan, your journey may have different requirements.  

Fall Semester (10 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 610 3 Advanced Principles of Pathophysiology
NURS 600 4 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion
NURS 582 3 Research in Nursing

Winter Semester (2 credits)

course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II

Spring Semester (12 credits)

course credits name
NURS 660 3 Primary Health Care for Adults/Older Adults in the Family
NURS 661 3 Primary Health Care for Adults/Older Adults in the Family Practicum
NURS 615 3 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 512 3 Research on Urban Family Health

Summer Semester (7 credits)

course credits name
NURS 650 2 Primary Health Care for Women in the Family
NURS 651 3 Primary Health Care for Women in the Family Practicum
NURS 500 2 Ethics in Nursing

Fall Semester (9-12 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 640 3 Primary Health Care for Children in the Family
NURS 641 3 Primary Health Care for Children in the Family Practicum

NURS 513 


NURS 720


Non-Thesis Research Project


Master's Thesis Guidelines

NURS 213 or HSC 213 3 Normal/Applied Nutrition or Principles and Practices in Nutrition

Spring Semester (8-11 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 700 4 Primary Health Care for the Family (Practicum)
NURS 520 2 Epidemiology
NURS 505 2 Health System Policy Organization and Finance
NURS 721 3 Master's Thesis Guidelines


Course credits name
NURS 507 2 Global Health: Problems and Issues
NURS 530 3 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education
NURS 531 3 Nursing Education

Fall Semester (13 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 315 3 Nursing Research
NURS 411 2 Contemporary Issues in Nursing
NURS 430 4 Community Nursing
NURS 432 4 Mental Health Nursing 

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course Credits Name
NURS 421 3 Leadership in Nursing
NURS 424 6 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing
NURS 460 3 Ethics in Nursing
NURS 480 3 Senior Practicum

Important Note: Students who do not successfully take the 2nd comprehensive exam during their final semester must enroll in NURS 410: Scientific Principles in Nursing.

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Nursing is in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.