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If you're an experienced registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor's degree, apply to the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. You'll prepare to serve as a nurse educator or in the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner or nurse-midwife.

Benefits of Master's in Nursing Degree

While earning an MSN degree, you can expect to gain the following in your chosen specialization:

  • Advanced theoretical knowledge
  • Assessment skills
  • Role/leadership development

The curriculum offers opportunities to critique and apply nursing theory and research as a scientific basis for nursing practice. Courses in each program of study are sequential, with the curriculum building on content.

MSN Concentrations

Choose the MSN specialization that matches your interests and career goals:


At the completion of the Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate programs in nursing, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Analyze theoretical formulations as a basis for nursing practice, education, and administration.
  • Apply and/or participate in research about the nature of health/illness and the practice of nursing.
  • Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and skill to promote, maintain, and/or restore optimum wellness to client systems.
  • Assume leadership roles in nursing practice, education, or administration.
  • Assume responsibility for developing health care policy relative to social, ethical, legal, economic, and political issues that affect nursing.
  • Organize and develop collaborative relationships for the improvement of health care on   an agency, organization, or legislative level.
  • Synthesize knowledge from the biophysical, social, and nursing sciences that affects health/illness behavior or client systems as a basis for nursing practice, education, and administration.

Transfer Credit

Students who have completed graduate-level course work at an accredited institution other than UNM, whether they had graduate or non-degree status, may request that up to 9 credit  hours be used  toward their degree program. Courses taken within 5 years of application are considered. Transfer credit must be approved by faulty. Such credits may be   transferred  into  a  degree  program  by  listing  them  on  the  POS,  within the limits described in the catalog sections on Master‘s, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctoral degrees.

The student must have earned a grade of B or better in the courses for which transfer credit is requested. Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis and/or courses taken as extension credit at other universities will not be accepted for graduate credit, and UNM Graduate units may impose their own restrictions on the acceptance and use of transfer credit.

Note: Course work that has been counted toward a previous degree may not be counted again in the Program of Studies (POS) for a Master‘s degree.

Graduate Course Work without a License to Practice Nursing

  • Students may take graduate courses without a clinical component even if they are not licensed to practice nursing in the state of New Mexico. This may apply to:
  • non-degree students prior to application for admission to the program,
  • on a case by case basis,
  • individuals awaiting licensure by examination or reciprocity, or
  • individuals from other disciplines taking graduate nursing courses as electives.

Note: For any course requiring a clinical component, you must be licensed in the state in which you are completing the clinical experience.