As health care grows increasingly complex, the necessity for highly educated nurses to coordinate and deliver better nursing care has never been greater. Graduate nursing education can be generalist-based (like the Clinical Nurse Leader) or specialty-based to prepare nurses for advanced practice or other specialty roles. All students of nursing conduct research independently, or as part of a team.

Many of UVA’s graduate nursing programs are ranked in the top ten in the nation. These programs draw upon the academic excellence of the University of Virginia, the clinical strengths of the UVA Medical Center (a 580-bed Level I Trauma Center, a Top-100 Hospital seven years in a row) and the University’s commitment to serve the needs of citizens of Virginia and the world.

Program Requirements
To earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, students:

  • complete program requirements established by the faculty
  • complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate work (additional credits are required in selected programs)
  • apply no more than 12 approved graduate credits towards the total number of required credits from those taken at another institution or at UVA prior to enrolling in the graduate program

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Certificate Programs


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.