Master of Science in Nursing – MSN

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Online. Hybrid. Face-to-face.

Life is full of responsibilities and demands. Earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a program that is designed with the working nurse in mind. At Spalding, we are invested in your success. Our MSN program is rich in history and convenient and flexible enough to meet your needs. So, you can be confident in the quality of training you’ll receive and continue to work while you learn.


Our MSN program prepares nurses for advanced practice in a variety of roles and settings, with options for full- or part-time study.

Follow your passion; choose from one of four specialty tracks:

Apply by February each year to join our hybrid (face-to-face and online) MSN-FNP summer cohort.

Apply anytime to our online educator or leadership tracks with classes starting every 6-8 weeks.

See our admission deadlines and requirements.


Whether you have your ADN, BSN or bachelor’s in another discipline, we have multiple pathways for earning your MSN.

  • Bachelor’s to MSN  (45 credit hours)
  • Bachelor’s to MSN  (44 credit hours)

Nurse Educator (100% online)

  • BSN to MSN (36 credit hour hours)
  • RN to MSN (60 credit hours)
  • RN to MSN Bridge (43 credit hours)

Healthcare Leadership (100% online)

  • BSN to MSN (36 credit hours)
  • RN to MSN (60 credit hours)
  • RN to MSN Bridge  (43 credit hours)


Join a community that’s ready to help you achieve your goals and improve the health of patients and populations across diverse settings.

You’ll gain a robust understanding as our curriculum employs strategies based on knowledge from both the sciences and humanities, ethical decision making, interprofessional collaboration and critical analysis of nursing practice.

Your learning is enhanced by:

  • small class sizes
  • personalize academic and career counseling
  • a diverse faculty of working clinicians, scholars and healthcare advocates

Our School of Nursing programs are academically strong and rich in history. As a MSN graduate, you’ll be prepared to seamlessly transition into our online DNP program.

About Our School of Nursing

Our School of Nursing has promoted human dignity, freedom and human flourishing in healthcare through nursing education since 1933, when we started our baccalaureate nursing program.

Our BSN program is the oldest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and our MSN program is the oldest in Louisville and second oldest in the state.

Our bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level programs are fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).