Thomas Jefferson University

Graduate Degrees in Nursing

As health care changes, an advanced degree offers you more opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives – whether in clinical practice, leadership or research. Jefferson’s graduate nursing programs are designed to help you achieve your personal goals and pursue the topics that mean the most to you. Start the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a BSN or MSN. Or, if you are not ready to commit to the doctorate, start with one of our eight MSN specialties. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Enter our DNP with a BSN or MSN, and prepare for scholarly practice and leadership at the most advanced level of nursing. We'll help you design a Practice Inquiry Project that meets your career interests as a full-time or part-time student. 


The fully-accredited DNP program:

  • Is designed for the working healthcare professional, and all coursework is completed online
  • Can be completed on a full-time or part-time plan of study
  • Focuses on leadership, systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy, implementation science and evidence-based clinical practice
  • Includes three practica that comprise the doctoral project and provide the opportunity for application of knowledge gained in all the courses

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares graduates to be advanced practitioners at the forefront of healthcare, serving as clinical nurse specialists, practitioners, administrators, educators, anesthetists and researchers. 

MSN graduates had a 95% pass rate on
national certification exams and a 98% job placement rate

This advanced degree offers eight specialty options:

  • Adult-Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Community Systems Administration
  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner

Choose whether you'd like to complete your MSN in as short as 15 months (full-time study, beginning in summer), or over five years.

How to Apply