Nursing is a dynamic profession with many rewards and career advancement opportunities to those dedicated to lifelong learning.

Emmanuel College’s online Master of Science in Nursing program will prepare you for your role as a leader by providing you with the skills and experiences to have a greater impact on patients and on the profession of nursing.

Emmanuel's Master of Science in Nursing program features a unique integrative, collaborative format where students from the Nursing Education and Nursing Administration track participate in classes together, online, to share ideas, research, and solutions to common clinical issues. This allows learning and synthesis of didactic knowledge and evidence-based research with real world practice, forging a more successful and purposeful career path. Both tracks include a solid foundation in nursing theory, ethics, leadership, research, diversity, information technology and health care policy and promotion through a set of core classes.

Within our supportive and engaging synchronous online classroom environment, you will benefit from rich discussions guided by the perspectives and experience levels of both our esteemed faculty and diverse group of colleagues. Through the College’s longstanding partnership with leading hospitals and healthcare organizations, steps from our campus within the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, you will complete your practicum at a world-class institution.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Emmanuel College are accredited by:

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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The Curriculum

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is open to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates or those who will complete their BSN degree prior to enrollment.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree program requirements include the completion of nine courses/30 credits. Our graduate nursing students take a minimum of eight three-credit courses and one six-credit course, all in an online format over 14 week semesters.

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a Master of Science in Nursing

  • NURS5101 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS5104 Advanced Application of Nursing Research and Ethical Practice 
  • NURS5107 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Theoretical and Experiential Approaches to Care 
  • NURS5109 Quality and Information Management in Healthcare 
  • NURS5111Leadership and Interprofessional Partnerships
  • NURS5113 Health Care Policy, Economics, and Population Health 
  • NURS5307 Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment 
  • NURS5511 Advanced Nursing Theory: Specialty Role Development 
  • NURS5513Advanced Nursing Practice: Specialty Role Development  (6 credits)


The nursing education track is designed to prepare nurse educators who can be employed as faculty members, staff development coordinators, clinical unit-based teachers and patient educators. Nursing graduates who select an education concentration are eligible to seek national certification as nurse educators once they meet the requirements outlined by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

This nursing administration track is designed to prepare nurses for positions as nurse administrators, nursing directors, nurse managers, case managers, coordinators of clinical research projects and project directors. Graduates who select a nursing administration concentration are eligible to seek national certification as nurse executives once they meet the work or consultation requirements outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

At the completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, the student will:

  1. Synthesize spiritual, moral, and ethical reflection, values clarification, and discerning leadership into a personal philosophy of nursing for the role of nursing educator or manager/ administrator to effect positive outcomes for vulnerable populations within the context of their environment.
  2. Assume accountability for the use of leadership, management, teaching, interprofessional collaboration, consultation, health policy analysis, quality improvement, advanced clinical skills and responsible citizenship to advocate for high quality health promotion and systems of care.
  3. Practice as an expert professional nurse in a role that synthesizes scholarly inquiry in nursing and other disciplines, research, and clinical knowledge within a theoretical and conceptual framework.
  4. Design, implement, evaluate and improve nursing practice, education and administration/management that integrates caring concepts into therapeutic relationships with vulnerable populations locally and globally.

What makes Emmanuel's Nursing Programs the right choice?


Study at your own pace, on your schedule

Online, synchronous nursing courses meet every other week—allowing you to work independently and at your own pace.

Four possible start dates

Four possible start dates


There are multiple opportunities to begin your coursework throughout the year, with start dates in May, July, August/September and January

Unmatched location

Unmatched location



Incomparable location and practicum placements, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Expert instruction

Expert instruction

Our faculty includes experienced and highly regarded nursing professionals, who bring valuable perspectives and a network of connections from their nursing careers to the classroom.

Personal attention

Personal attention

Small classes inspire spirited discussion, and our faculty makes it a priority to know and value each student as a unique individual, recognizing your academic and personal strengths.

A supportive academic environment

A supportive academic environment

In addition to support from student colleagues, you will work with both a dedicated faculty advisor and an academic course advisor to guide you to program success.

Ciao, Florence

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