RN to MSN Programs in New York

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in New York

New York requires that licensed nurses complete an undergraduate nursing program that is officially approved by the State Board of Nursing division of the New York State Education Department.

NYSED has approved 38 schools for graduate-level nursing degrees, 16 of the state-approved schools are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Online MSN Programs in New York

Several blended or hybrid state-approved Master of Science in Nursing programs are available in New York state, but the following is a list of those that are primarily conducted online.

Roberts Wesleyan College

Two tracks are available for students seeking an online MSN from Robert Wesleyan College: Nursing Leadership & Administration and Nursing Education. Students may choose to complete classes 1 night per week in the classroom or entirely online. Emphasis is on a cohort format of group learning.

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Brockport offers one online MSN program in the specialty of Family Nurse Practitioner. Non-clinical coursework is fully online, while clinical courses are hybrid and require in-person attendance a handful of times per semester.

- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

StonyBrook University

Stonybrook offers several concentrations within its online Master of Science in Nursing program: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Family Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, and Nursing Education. Coursework for all tracks is primarily delivered online, though some on-site attendance is required.

Excelsior College

Three specialties are available within Excelsior's MSN: Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Only one Master's concentration in Nursing is available online at SUNY Polytechnic Institute: an MSN in Nursing Education. This program includes 150 hours of practicum experience in the teaching field. Both part-time (6 semesters) and full-time (4 semesters) options are available.

D'Youville College

Students can choose between two delivery options at this school: 90% online or on-campus (one day per week). Two specialties are offered: Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus and Nursing Management with Quality Leadership. It is recommended that you check which of these programs are recognized by the State Board of Nursing in NY.

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing

A full-time student can typically complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2 years, though most schools offer a part-time option. Nursing programs generally require students to complete a core curriculum before delving into the nursing specialty of their choice. This core curriculum tends to cover topics relating to research methods, foundational theories of nursing roles (including ethical and legal considerations), nursing informatics, healthcare policy, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology.

Following these initial semesters of coursework, students will learn advanced material relevant to the track of their choice. The latter part of a Master's in Nursing will likely integrate practical clinical experience with classroom study, allowing students to both learn from and apply their skills to real-life situations.

Nursing Licensure in New York

After attending an ADN or BSN program recognized by the New York Nursing Board, applicants must earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then apply with the New York State Board of Nursing for licensure to practice in New York. The following nursing licenses licenses are recognized and regulated by the New York State Board: Registered Professional Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Licensed Practical Nurse and Nurse Practitioner.

In order to obtain licensure in New York at the Advanced Practice level, nurses must have graduated from a graduate-level program approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) or have been certified by a state-approved national body within their specialty. Additional pharmocology coursework is not required for nurses that have completed qualifying NP programs. The state recognizes specialties in the fields of Acute Care, Adult Health, College Health, Community Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic Care, Neonatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Perinatology, Psychiatry, School Health, and Women’s Health. Graduates of Nurse Practitioner programs recognized as acceptable by the states do not have to pass an additional examination to practice as NPs within New York.

New York State recognizes the following certification Boards: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, National Certification Corporation, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. License renewal occurs every 3 years.

Salary Information for Nurse Practitioners in New York

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2018 the annual mean salary for nurse practitioners in New York was $120,970 (higher than the national estimate, which is $110,030). New York registered nurses earned an annual mean salary of $85,610 (the national average was estimated to be $75,510) and nursing anesthetists in New York earned $191,130 (compared to an estimated national average of $174,790). Nursing instructors in this state earned an annual mean salary of $91,900, exceeding the national average of $81,350.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in New York

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Adelphi University
Garden City
  • M.S. in Nursing Administration - College of Nursing and Public Health
  • The M.S. in Nursing Administration program at Adelphi University provides nurse leaders management theory and application with courses that focus on the essential core competencies for nurse managers.
  • M.S. in Nursing Education - College of Nursing and Public Health
  • The M.S. in Nursing Education assist graduates in meeting the educational needs of the nursing profession and healthcare consumers; develop, implement and evaluate new approaches to nursing education; and advance the professional role of the nurse educator.
  • M.S. in Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - College of Nursing and Public Health
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) in Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner provides students the theoretical knowledge with diagnostic and treatment skills while exploring the issues and forces within the healthcare delivery system.
  • M.S. in Healthcare Informatics - College of Nursing and Public Health
  • The M.S. in Healthcare Informatics at Adelphi University provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be a valuable developer and manager of health information systems.
  • Master of Public Health - College of Nursing and Public Health
  • The M.P.H. degree program at Adelphi University provides students with the skills and tools necessary to work in the public health arena. Foundational courses, along with a concentration, enable all students to achieve mastery of both discipline-specific and crosscutting competencies.
  • M.S. in Nutrition - College of Nursing and Public Health
  • The M.S. in Nutrition develops skills and competency in key areas of nutrition health practice. The online program fits the schedules of working professionals who can access assignments and complete course work round-the-clock.
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bronx
CCNE
  • M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The M.S. in Nursing, FNP program prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. The program can be completed in 42 credits.
  • M.S. in Nursing Administration
  • The M.S. degree in Nursing Administration program at College of Mount Saint Vincent is for those interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles. The program requires the completion of 36 credits.
  • M.S. in Nursing Education
  • The M.S. degree in Nursing Education program at College of Mount Saint Vincent prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program requires the completion of 36 credits.
College of Staten Island - CUNY
Staten Island
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • The Master of Science in Nursing program at CUNY, Staten Island offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program offers concentration s in Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP).
Columbia University in the City of New York
New York
CCNE
  • MS in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at Columbia prepares nurses to work in illness care and management through the patient life cycle.
CUNY Hunter College
New York
CCNE
  • Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner (MS) - Department of Nursing
  • Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner program at CUNY, Hunter College prepares students to work in acute of primary care of adult patients. The program is accredited by the CCNE and can be completed in 42 credit hours.
CUNY Lehman College
Bronx
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program at Lehman College prepares nurses to work in illness care and management through the patient life cycle. The program can be completed in 49-55 credit hours, part or full time.
D'Youville College
Buffalo
CCNE
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (MS)
  • The FNP program at D’Youville College prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program can be completed in two years of full time study.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS)
  • The New Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at D’Youville College offers students the skills to diagnoses and manages acute episodic and chronic mental illnesses. Practitioners often follow patients from hospital to outpatient settings.
Daemen College
Amherst
NA
  • Nursing Executive Leadership, M.S. - Nursing Department
  • The Nursing Executive Leadership program at Daeman College graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the ACEN.
  • Nursing Education, M.S.
  • The Nursing Education program at Daemen College prepares nurses pursuing roles in staff development or nursing education. The program is accredited by the ACEN and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education is also available.
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Orangeburg
CCNE
  • MS Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Dominican College’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. Classes can be taken online, hybrid, or in class.
Excelsior College
Albany
ACEN
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems) - School of Nursing
  • The Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems program at Excelsior College graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited and can be completed online.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Education) 
  • The Nursing Education program at Excelsior prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited and is completed online.
Keuka College
Keuka Park
CCNE
  • Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • The Nurse Practitioner program at Keuka College offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is completed online or on campus.
Le Moyne College
Syracuse
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Master in Nursing program at Le Moyne assists nurses to develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Administrator
  • The Post-Master's Certificate-FNP at Le Moyne is for nurses looking for an advanced degree after completing the Masters of FNP. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator
  • The Post-Master's Certificate-Nurse Education at Le Moyne is for nurses looking for an advanced degree after completing the Masters of NE. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
LIU Brooklyn
Brooklyn
CCNE
  • M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner program at LIU Brooklyn prepares students to work in acute of primary care of patients in all age ranges. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • M.S. in Adult Nurse Practitioner - Department of Nursing
  • The M.S. in Adult Nurse Practitioner program at LIU Brooklyn prepares students to work in acute of primary care of adult patients. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • M.S. IN Nurse Educator  - School of Nursing
  • LIU Brooklyn offers graduates of its Nurse Educator program the skills needed for teaching and leadership positions. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
LIU Post
Brookville
CCNE
  • M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner - Department of Nursing
  • LIU Post's Family Nurse Practitionerprogram prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • M.S. in Nursing Education - Department of Nursing
  • LIU Post offers graduates of its Nursing Education program the skills needed for teaching and leadership positions. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry
CCNE
  • M.S. in Nursing/Nursing Administration
  • Mercy College offers a  M.S. in Nursing/Nursing Administration program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Nursing/Nursing Education M.S.
  • The Nursing Education program at Mercy College prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Molloy College
Rockville Centre
CCNE
  • M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Molloy College’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the ACEN.
  • NURSING EDUCATION - M.S.
  • The Nursing Education program at Molloy College prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh
CCNE
  • MS in Nursing Family Nursing Practitioner
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Mount Saint Mary College offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
New York University
New York
CCNE
  • MS in Nursing Informatics
  • The NYU Nursing Informatics program is for students ready to lead in the informatics role in health related services. The program is accredited by the CCNE and most course work is online.
  • MS in Nursing Administration
  • NYU offers a Master in Nursing Administration program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MS in Nursing Education
  • The Nursing Education program at NYU prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Pace University-New York
New York
CCNE
  • MS Family Nurse Practitioner - Lienhard School of Nursing
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at PACE University offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MS Professional Nursing Leadership
  • The Professional Nursing Leadership program at PACE University prepares nurses to teach in higher education and leadership in a variety of hospital, community-based, and health care settings. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester
CCNE
  • Nursing Leadership & Administration, M.S.
  • The Nursing Leadership & Administration program at Roberts Wesleyan College graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is offered online.
  • Nursing Education, M.S.
  • The Nursing Education program at Roberts Wesleyan College prepares students to work in acute of primary care of adult patients. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is completed entirely online.
Saint John Fisher College
Rochester
CCNE
  • M.S. in Nursing Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner - Wegmans School of Nursing
  • The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program at St. John Fisher College offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • M.S. in Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at St. John Fisher College offers students the skills to diagnoses and manages acute episodic and chronic mental illnesses. Practitioners often follow patients from hospital to outpatient settings. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Saint Josephs College
Brooklyn
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Saint Joseph’s College offers a MSN program, which prepares registered nurses to function and excel in various advanced nursing roles. The program is accredited and concentrations are available in Administration, Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education 
  • The Nursing Education program at Stony Brook University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is offered through distance education with on-site requirements.
SUNY at Binghamton
Vestal
NA
  • MS in Family Nursing
  • Binghamton University’s MS in Family Nursing program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages.
  • MS in Nursing - College of Nursing
  • The MSN program at Binghamton University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Areas of concentration include Adult-Gerontological Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Family Nursing, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn
CCNE
  • Master of Science - Family Nurse Practitioner - College of Nursing
  • The MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner program at SUNY Downstate prepares students to provide a full range of primary care services to individuals and families throughout the life span. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Adult- Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist  - Department of Nursing and Health Professions
  • The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program at SUNY Downstate prepares students to work in acute of primary care of adult patients. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome
Utica
CCNE
  • MS Family Nurse Practitioner - Department of Nursing and Health Professions
  • The MS Family Nurse Practitioner program at SUNY Poly prepares students to provide a full range of primary care services to individuals and families throughout the life span. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MS Nursing Education - Department of Nursing and Health Professions
  • The MS Nursing Education program at SUNY Poly prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Teachers College at Columbia University
New York
NA
  • M.A. Administration Studies (NEXM)
  • The M.A. Administration Studies program at the Teachers College graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is completed on campus.
  • M.A. Professorial Studies (NEPM)
  • The M.A. Professorial Studies Program at the Teachers College prepares the graduate nurse for advanced practice in the roles of Family Nurse Practitioner and/or Nurse Educator. The program is completed on campus.
The College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle
CCNE
  • M.S., Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The College of New Rochelle’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education - School of Nursing
  • The Nursing Education program at The College of New Rochelle prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
The Sage Colleges
Troy
CCNE
  • M.S. Family Nurse Practitioner - Capstone College of Nursing
  • The Sage College’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
University at Buffalo
Buffalo
CCNE
  • Master's in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems  - School of Nursing
  • The Master's in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems program at University of Buffalo teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness of patients of all ages.
University of Rochester
Rochester
CCNE
  • MS Nurse Practitioner
  • The Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Rochester prepares students to provide a full range of primary care services to individuals and families throughout the life span. The program offers concentrations in Adult-Gerontology Acute/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and more.
  • MNE Nursing Education  - School of Health Sciences
  • The Nursing Education program at the University Of Rochester School Of Nursing prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education.
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse
CCNE
  • MS: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • The Nurse Practitioner (NP) program at Upstate Medical University offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education.
Wagner College
Staten Island
ACEN
  • Masters in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner - Department of Nursing
  • Wagner College’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the ACEN.
  • Masters in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • The Nurse Education program at the Wagner College prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the ACEN.