Your path to becoming a nurse educator or nurse leader

Getting your Master of Science in nursing from Charleston Southern University offers you the flexibility and support you need to pursue continued education while working. This program offers five-week intensive classes where you are only engaged in one class at a time so that you can focus on the material at hand. Teaching projects and hands-on learning partnerships are provided in order to get firsthand experience in your desired advanced-degree field.

The program offers two tracks, one in nursing leadership and healthcare administration and one in nursing education. Both programs combine nursing knowledge and education with Christian beliefs and practices to make a well-rounded, caring MSN graduate. 

A post-Master’s certificate in nursing education is also offered for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing and desire educational preparation in nursing education.

Are you an employee of Trident Health Systems, Greenville Health System or Spartanburg Regional Hospital enrolling in a Master of Science in nursing program at Charleston Southern University? If so, you are eligible for a 10% Tuition Discount. Click here to view our current tuition rates.

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The Master of Science/Post-Master’s Certificate nursing program at Charleston Southern University at the Charleston campus located in Charleston, South Carolina is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master of Science/Post-Master’s Certificate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program here.

Your next step to
becoming a student
at Charleston

Application Requirements

  • Graduate Application 
  • Admissions essay describing academic and professional goals (300-500 words)
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from every college attended
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, cumulative
  • Copy of active, unrestricted nursing license
  • Official GRE or MAT scores if requested by program director

ADN-MSN applicants

  • Undergraduate Statistics course within the past 10 years* 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

*Students whose statistics course is older than 10 years may be given the option to test out.

Hear from a real MSN graduate Student

Faith and Learning

“I love the fact that being a bedside nurse, I can improve upon that and take that to another level to where I have a voice in a leadership role that’s going to make a difference for future bedside nurses and for patients.”

In the MSN program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Research in Nursing
  • Nursing Curriculum Design
  • Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators
  • Teaching Methodologies in Nursing
  • Healthcare Economics and Financial Management of Nursing Systems

Program Director

Vicki Ball

Susan (Vicki) Ball

Dean of College of Nursing


Though the MSN program is an online degree program, students meet on campus twice during the program. An Orientation Residency Day is held every August, and a final presentations and Pinning Residency Day is held every December for graduating MSN students.

I have learned countless lessons both academic and spiritual in nature. Higher education in nursing not only gives us the opportunity to positively influence those in our communities, but through education and leadership we empower others to do the same. When I set out to become a nurse, my goal was to improve others’ situations by showing them the hope we have in Christ. This program has furthered my opportunities to pursue the why behind becoming a nurse. These lessons will guide us as we begin our careers as nurse leaders and educators.

Alex Stoddard ’18 / MSN

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