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Registered Nurse Students

SWOSU offers a fully online BSN to MSN program designed for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program (ACEN, CONE, NLIN) accredited nursing programs or those enrolled in their last semester of a bachelor's degree in Nursing program.

Application & Enrollment Deadlines

Fall 2019:  July 29, 2019
Spring 2020:  December 16, 2019

Please note that the program is not yet ACEN accredited, and plans to seek accreditation in 2019.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is for nurses who have graduated with a bachelor's degree or diploma from a regionally or nationally accredited nursing program (CCNE or ACEN, formerly NLNAC), or those who are in the last semester of their BSN degree. An accredited school will be listed on one of the following websites: 

      ccne     acen


Finally, all applicants who do not reside in Oklahoma should first ensure that they are a resident of a SARA-approved state:

All MSN students must meet University admission and graduate admission requirements. The MSN curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education coursework. The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

MSN Students Application & Selection

nurse-t-webApplication to the nursing program may be made at any time after official admission to the University: Criteria for admission to the nursing BSN to MSN program include a retention GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all previous college/university work. Prospective students must possess an unencumbered registered nursing license or obtain one within their first semester of coursework. Please see the current handbook for more information on selection and retention. Applications by those who are in their last semester of bachelor's degree nursing programs are welcomed, however, students must submit proof of licensure prior to application or within their first semester of coursework. Qualified applicants are admitted to the program on date of completed and approved application. Applications will be retained only for the application cycle in which they were initiated. For example, students who applies for spring admission, but who does not complete the process and enroll for spring or notify the school in writing of their wish to defer admission to summer, would need to make a new application to be considered for future admission. Please note the application must be completed and the applicant must be enrolled by the deadline, or the applicant may not attend classes until the next semester.

After acceptance into the nursing program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will contact the student to develop a plan of study for program completion. The student must complete the MSN degree within five (5) years after beginning the nursing program.

Program Options

  • M.S.N. Administration
  • M.S.N. Informatics (not accepting new students)
  • M.S.N. Education


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program applied for candidacy through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone 404-975-5000. We completed our on-site accreditation visit September 17-19, 2019. The site visitors recommended we receive initial accreditation for our program. Students enrolled in a nursing program during the initial site visit would be graduates of an ACEN accredited program IF the program is granted ACEN accreditation at the ACEN Board of Commissioners meeting following the site visit. For programs visited during the Fall Cycle, the ACEN Board of Commissioners will make an accreditation decision during its spring meeting. Although the site visitors recommended our program receive initial accreditation, we won't receive the final decision until April 2020. The program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing; and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing. 

Online Learning

msnAll BSN to MSN professional courses are delivered in an online format. All online courses at SWOSU must meet rigorous national guidelines to be approved for delivery. All elements of the professional courses are online including: e-mail, discussions, web searches, eportfolio, exams and assignments. (Recommended Computer Requirements for Online Courses)

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"When I heard SWOSU was opening the master’s program, I knew SWOSU was the clear choice for me. It’s the only choice. It’s my educational home & family."  Danielle Pierce, MSN student