Advance Your Nursing Career

Master of Science in Nursing

You have thought about it. You have deliberated your options. Now is the time to start your journey to advance your nursing career.

Apply for the Master of Science in Nursing program. Become an essential health care provider and advocate for your community. Prepare to educate yourself and the next generation. Become a leader in the future of nursing.

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Apply for your MSN

And gain the knowledge to take you to the next step in your career:

Advanced theoretical knowledge

Assessment skills

Role/leadership development

Why an MSN at UNM?

We find your clinical placements.

Advanced practice nurses in New Mexico are considered licensed independent practitioners.

Second degree or post-masters students welcome. You only need an ADN + BS or BA. Options available for RNs with a BS or BA.

Hybrid learning for APRN classes. There is both synchronous, evidence based online education and hands-on teaching and simulation.

100% online learning for Nursing Education and Nursing Administration concentrations. 

Small cohorts. Intimate class sizes allow for individual attention and community building.

We promote continuous education. You can be working on your MSN in one concentration and then add on a Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) in another.

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Earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree at UNM. Prepare to serve as a nurse educator. Lead as a nurse administrator. Provide care in the full scope of your license as an advanced practice registered nurse or a nurse-midwife.

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I chose to go to UNM College of Nursing because of the focus on the needs of the rural communities and underserved populations. I find that in working with underserved communities I am making a positive impact on future vulnerable generations.

Laura Bush, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner at First Choice Community Health, MSN 2011

No License to Practice Nursing?

Lucky for you, students may take graduate courses without a clinical component if they are not licensed to practice nursing in the state of New Mexico.

Who does this apply to?

Non-nursing students
Nursing students awaiting licensure
  • No. 1 Nursing School in New Mexico
  • 93% Employment Rate*
  • 80% of APRN students completed clinical rotations in underserved areas
  • 1:8 Faculty to Student Ratio

* 2017-2018 MSN graduates employed within 12 month of graduation.



You Will Be Prepared.

Completing the Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares you to:

  • Analyze theoretical formulations as a basis for nursing practice, education, and administration.
  • Apply and/or participate in research about 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 impact 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.
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The Finest Faculty Around

They are leading nurse scientists, highly regarded practitioners and exemplary educators.

But most importantly they are supportive. Hyper focused on your success online and in-person.

New Mexico

Our location is rich in history and full of adventure and experiences. Explore more at #NewMexicoTRUE.

You will love it here.

Not from New Mexico? Make the move to make an impact. Serve the underserved.

Embrace the outdoors under endless skies. With 310 days of sunshine, why would you want to be anywhere else?

Out-of-State Financial Aid Options

MSN Program Contact

Master in Science of Nursing Program Director, Clinician Educator, Assistant Professor
Kristen Ostrem-Niemcewicz, DNP, RN, CNM, FNP-BC, FACNM
College of Nursing
Building 228
Room 312
1 University of New Mexico

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