Begin Your Nursing Career a Degree Ahead.

Use your non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn an MSN in 19–21 months.

The Smartest Path to Nursing

If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, the Direct Entry MSN program at Marquette University makes it possible to earn a master’s in nursing in less than two years. Nearly the same time frame most second-degree students spend on earning a BSN.

With just a few more months of study, you can enter the nursing profession a degree ahead and pursue more advanced career opportunities in the future. We can also get you started on your career sooner, with enrollment locations in Milwaukee and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and three start dates a year.


Earn Your MSN in 19–21 Months

Our Direct Entry MSN program follows a rigorous blend of nursing theory courses, hands-on labs and in-person clinical rotations — all completed in tandem. It’s a learning sequence that prepares you to sit for the NCLEX-RN® with confidence and enter the profession as a practice-ready nurse.

  • Learn the fundamentals and theories of nursing online or in the classroom.*
  • Master your skills and hone your clinical judgment in an advanced lab setting.
  • Gain real-world experience and network opportunities during clinical rotations.

*Pleasant Prairie students take all of their nursing theory courses online. Milwaukee students complete most of their nursing theory courses in the classroom.

Why Choose Marquette’s Direct Entry MSN Program?

Start Sooner

You can start nursing school sooner, with program start dates in January, May and August.

Accelerated Time Frame

You can graduate from nursing school with a master’s in nursing in less than two years.

Personalized Learning

You receive one-on-one learning support from your instructors via smaller class sizes.

An Accredited Nursing Education from a University Known for Results

When you complete our Direct Entry MSN program, you don’t just graduate a nurse; you graduate a Marquette nurse. Marquette University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and our Direct Entry MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, our College of Nursing meets the approval of the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Marquette University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Answer the Call to Become a Nurse

Find out whether Marquette University’s Direct Entry MSN program is right for you.

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I would say if someone was considering this program to just go for it. See if you get in, because this is a great opportunity in order to advance your career.

Shelby, May 2019 Direct Entry MSN Program Graduate