Master’s Degree in Nursing Education FAQ

Am I eligible for the Master’s Degree in Nursing Education?

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to apply for admission. Foreign applicants should visit International Students  for contact information.

Do you offer financial aid?

Federal and Financial aid is available regardless of income, with low interest rates and flexible payment options. Excelsior College is the pioneer in offering federal aid for a completely online education. Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.

Visit the Financial Aid pages

How much will it cost?

The cost of the program depends on many factors, including how quickly you progress through the program. In addition to tuition costs, you should plan for costs associated with purchasing textbooks, Internet access and telephone charges. See Costs and Financing for more information.

Is there a residency requirement?

Yes. All students enrolled in the nursing master’s degree program are required to complete the capstone.

What are the detailed phases and requirements for the Nursing Education specialization of the nursing master’s degree?

The Nursing Education specialization of the Master of Science in nursing degree consists of 39 required credit hours. The curriculum is organized into four components:

  • Nursing core courses
  • Graduate elective
  • Nursing education courses
  • Capstone Project

Students are introduced to the master’s curriculum by taking courses within the first two components before moving on to the third and fourth components. The formats for the online graduate nursing courses are cohort or seminar.

Phase I: Graduate Nursing Core and Graduate Elective

Phase I consists of five nursing core courses and a 3-credit graduate elective. All courses are delivered online. The graduate-level nursing core courses provide students with advanced knowledge of the practices of nursing and the health care delivery system. The graduate elective allows students to choose a course from within the master’s in nursing program or from another graduate program in an area of interest to them.

Phase II: Nursing Education Component

Phase II consists of four online nursing education courses that provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to prepare them for successful careers as nurse educators. The nursing education courses require synthesis of knowledge and application from the nursing core courses. Students are required to complete the five nursing core courses prior to beginning Phase II.

Phase III: Capstone Project

The Capstone Project consists of an educational/teaching project, an online seminar, and an educational leadership retreat. This culminating experience of the graduate program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the program of study to actual and simulated educational situations. Students are required to complete all Phase I and II courses prior to beginning Phase III. The Capstone requires the completion of paperwork and other preparation several months prior to the course start date. Supporting materials may be found on MyExcelsior (login required).

Will any of my previous courses apply toward this program?

Up to 16 semester hours of transfer credit can be accepted based on comparability of course content. Coursework must be less than five years old and must have a grade of “B” or higher to be transferrable. The Graduate Waiver Committee will review course syllabi from your previous coursework after you have been accepted for admission to the program.