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MS in Nursing

MS in Nursing

Saginaw Valley State University, United States of America

About This Program

Saginaw Valley State University is offering a Master of Science in Nursing program open to Internationally Educated Nurses or IENs.

This degree builds on the foundation of concepts and skills you acquired in your undergraduate degree in nursing.  You will develop more competencies to prepare you to work with teams and transform systems in clinical and academic settings, as well as in the communities served by those organizations.


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Course Delivery

The MSN degree is a part-time (two courses per semester) program that is offered in a hybrid learning environment, a combination of in-class and online course instruction.  Experience learning in state of the art/high-tech laboratories, simulation areas, educational rooms and computer facilities to enhance learning.



Graduate education in nursing is the minimum requirement for a wide variety of leadership positions, including the following options for which you can prepare with the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader designs, implements, and evaluates care at the unit level based on professional standards, protocols, and research. Responsibilities include coordination of interdisciplinary teams in provision of quality care, promotion of best practices, and advocacy for care improvements. 

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

An FNP is independently licensed to practice advanced practice nursing and can own a practice (in Michigan; laws vary among states). Upon graduation, there are many positions to choose from that pay well with good benefits. FNPs are in great demand and can virtually practice where they want geographically, in the type of setting they prefer, either full-time or part-time. Currently, FNPs upon graduation, certification, and licensure can take a position in an underserved area, such as a rural area (Gladwin) or an inner city clinic (Saginaw). FNPs make a difference in patients’ lives. Being a nurse and a primary health care provider is a great combination of competence and caring, which results in satisfied patients with good outcomes. 

  • Administrator

The nurse administrator is accountable for staffing, resource acquisition and distribution, and patient care services within a health care system. Responsibilities include development and maintenance of programs consistent with the organizational mission and vision, interdisciplinary collaboration for provision of quality care that is cost effective, staff support, and patient satisfaction. 

  • Educator

The nurse educator develops and utilizes nursing and health curricula for academic preparation of new nurses, staff development of current health professionals, and community education projects. Responsibilities include provision of quality educational experiences based on the mission of their employer, needs of the students, and the latest scientific evidence.   

Course Outline

You must complete the following MSN Core Courses and Capstone Courses. You should select one of the following as your major:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader (36 credits),
  • Nursing Education (39 credits),
  • Nursing Administration (39 credits), or
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (52 credits) or
  • You can take both the education and administration majors.



MSN Core (21 cr)

  • NURS 638 - Nursing Theory & Knowledge Development 3 cr
  • NURS 642 - Healthcare Policy & Funding for ANP 3 cr
  • NURS 644 - Nursing Leadership & Ethics 3 cr
  • NURS 648 - Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr
  • NURS 760 - Nursing Informatics & Quality Improvement 3 cr
  • NURS 766 - Health Assessment & Genetics for ANP 3 cr (includes 60 practice experience hours)

Course Info

Course Code : MSN

College : Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services

Duration : 2 years

Qualifications Level : Master's Degree

Fees :

Estimated cost breakdown/year in USD for the SVSU M.S. in Nursing program for AY 2019 - 2020


Non-resident, own application

With Red & White Scholarship, through IVC

Tuition and Fees 20,577 12,439
Miscellaneous (books, orientation fee and other necessities) 2,755 2,755
Application Fee 90 0
Health Insurance 1,550 1,550
Direct Investment 24,972 16,744

You will be incurring living expenses as well. If you intend to live on campus, you can expect to invest the following per year:

Expense Amount
Single room/shared apartment 6,160
Meal plan 3,730
Indirect Investment 9,890

If you will be traveling with dependents, costs will be much higher of course. For the I-20 though, you must prepare the following amount per year:

Expense Amount
Spouse 450
1 child, no spouse 3,500
Each additional child 2,000

Please remember:

  • Costs are estimate and are subject to change in July or mid-summer;
  • Tuition & Fees are subject to change without notice by action of the SVSU Board of Control;
  • You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from all courses.

Intake Dates :

Applications to the MSN program are accepted by Graduate Admissions and processed for admission by the Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services throughout the year.

Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Take note of the following important dates for the 2019 Fall Semester:

  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
  • Orientation:  August 19, 2019
  • Start of Classes: August 26, 2019 

Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Apply early so you'll have plenty of time to prepare!

Entry Criteria

As an international student, you must:

  • Be a graduate of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program;
  • You must have graduated with at least a 3.0 or a C average;
  • You must hold an unrestricted license to practice in your country;
  • If you have not passed the NCLEX-RN yet, you'll need a Full Education Course-by-Course Report by the Commission on Graduates fo Foreign Nursing Schools or CGFNS;
  • You must take any of the following Secure English Language Tests and meet the minimum thresholds:
    • Pearsons Test of English, Academic (PTE): 64
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT): 92
    • International English Language Testing Systems, Academic (IELTS): 7.0
  • You must also meet the other general admission requirements of Saginaw Valley State University
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