Online Master of Science in Nursing

Do you want to be an excellent nurse practitioner? Start with an excellent nursing education!

Excellence in Nursing

When choosing a university to advance your nursing career, reputation is everything. Malone is known for its approach to educating nurses who want to become family nurse practitioners or specialize in acute care.

Program structure

Now available fully online, at Malone you can earn your MSN in 24 months as a full-time student or in 36 months as a part-time student. You will engage in an evidence-based practice project and gain hands-on learning through three intensive advanced skills lab sessions: at the beginning, in the middle, and at the conclusion of your program. Online students have full access to Malone library resources, state-of-the-art nursing facilities, and the ability to meet with Malone faculty in person.


The MSN is a cohort program with small classes and opportunities to help you pursue your professional goals. Our program provides internship and practicum hours that meet the requirements for certification.


At Malone, you are immersed in an environment that unites Christian faith, values, and ethics in the teaching and learning of nursing. You learn to be a committed lifelong learner who delivers exceptional care with Christ-like compassion.

Nursing tracks

Malone University offers two tracks:

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  2. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Students may also elect to add our Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education to their MSN coursework.

Post-graduate certificate options

Malone also offers post-graduate certificates:

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  2. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  3. Certificate in Nursing Education  (also available post-BSN)

Graduate outcomes

At completion of this degree, our graduates:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills that build upon the undergraduate learning and equip the practitioner and clinician for all of the responsibility and accountability practices required in these advanced nurse practitioner roles.
  2. Exhibit competence in advanced practice with selected populations including an in-depth assimilation of a specialized role, content, and related skills.
  3. Integrate into one's personal and professional life the attributes needed for successful practice, including the legal and ethical components required for holistic nursing.
  4. Synthesize a body of knowledge whereby the inquiry skills are honed and used to conduct research, share research findings, and advance scholarly and professional goals.


“I graduated from Malone’s BSN program so when the time was right for me to return to school, I knew I wanted to do my MSN at Malone. I valued the cohort model because we could learn from each other’s specialties and work together as a team. Both of Malone’s programs reinforce the importance of holistic care for our patients through the lens of Christian faith. Dr. Hartman truly represents the embodiment of faith and how it integrates with the practice of nursing. I can’t imagine enrolling in a program where I couldn’t integrate my faith. For me, this program ended way too quickly!”

Renae (Rodocker) Snyder '98 '22 (left)
MSN Graduate

“I have really enjoyed having a Christian perspective being brought to our courses throughout this program, and have found my faith being strengthened through this. One of the biggest benefits that I have seen is developing relationships with our professors who are always available to help us through our coursework . Dr Hartman has been such an inspiration! She helped us get our research project off the ground and guided us every step of the way to publication. Her encouragement and insight was exactly what we needed. We are beyond grateful for her giving us the opportunity to work with her these past years and I hope to someday be able to pay it forward!”

Dawn Miller '22 (right)
MSN Graduate