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Undeclared (MSN)

MSN Undeclared Recorded Virtual Open House

Drexel University’s accredited MSN online undeclared program option is designed to prepare nurses for leadership nursing positions in the rapidly growing and evolving healthcare landscape. With so many options available today, we understand selecting the right MSN concentration may be challenging. That is why we have designed a flexible online MSN option that allows you to take the five core MSN courses before selecting your concentration. This gives you the opportunity to explore your interests and ultimate career goals, while still progressing toward your MSN degree. Upon completion of the five core MSN courses, you will be able to seamlessly continue your MSN journey in one of our four concentrations: Clinical Nurse Leader, Leadership in Health Systems Management, Nursing Education, or Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare.

What is an MSN Program?

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced-level degree that prepares registered nurses to enter positions in management, administration, and education. The degree may focus on one or more advanced nursing specialties such as nursing education, nursing leadership, clinical nurse leader, acute care, or primary care.

Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Program Features

  • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Consistently ranked among the best online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • A highly-interactive learning method that challenges and engages while remaining convenient for working nurses
  • Flexible scheduling of clinical practicum in a variety of settings
  • Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the program within three years

Concentrations for the Online MSN Program

Drexel’s nurse practitioner programs are not available to undeclared MSN students. However, upon completion of an MSN advanced role program, you will have the option to apply for a post-master’s certificate in one of the nurse practitioner tracks.



Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
    • Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
  • A current, unrestricted United States RN license


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Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:  
    • Why you are pursuing your MSN,
    • Your plans upon completion of the degree, and
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
  • Additional requirements for International Students


This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two-semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) must maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits per term.

For Full List of courses, please visit Drexel Online.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform a preanesthetic assessment and formulate a comprehensive anesthetic care plan tailored to the patient’s medical, cultural and surgical needs
  • Demonstrate autonomy in the safe administration and management of an anesthetic technique tailored to the patient’s medical, cultural and surgical needs
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills throughout the perioperative experience
  • Integrate sound theoretical nurse anesthesia knowledge into clinical practice
  • Practice within the legal and ethical framework of a registered professional nurse, accepting responsibility and demonstrating accountability for personal and professional behaviors
  • Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care and patient outcomes
  • Contribute to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice, health care and humanity through leadership, collaboration and education
  • Attainment of Council on Accreditation requirements as specified by the NBCRNA that prepares the graduate for certification eligibility

What will earning an MSN do for my career?

An MSN degree provides you with graduate-level education designed to prepare you for leadership opportunities within many different types of healthcare environments. From health system management, clinical nurse leadership, nursing education, and quality, safety, and risk management, Drexel offers a diverse portfolio of online MSN programs that will prepare you for the next step in your career.

What kinds of jobs can you get with an online MSN degree?

  • Unit Manager
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Clinical Trials Manager

How much does a nurse with a MSN make per year?

Currently, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not provide salary statistics for all MSN categories. Most MSN specialties are contained within the registered nurse category. The median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017.

Upon review of popular salary sites, such as, we can estimate the median nursing salaries for the MSN categories listed below. Please note that salaries vary by geographic region.

Nursing Program Mission and Values

The Nursing program faculty and staff are committed to educating nurses to embrace both the art and science of nursing, to integrate caring into practice, to think critically and practice competently, compassionately and safely in complex rapidly changing practice environments. The Nursing program supports administrators, faculty, staff and students in developing holistic evidence-based programs, which create healing and caring environments at all levels that reflect innovative education, interdisciplinary practice and research.

The highest goals of the program include demonstrating efficacy, quality and cost-effectiveness of evidence-based nursing interventions in promoting health, preventing disease, preserving human dignity, reducing health disparities and caring for the sick and injured.

All efforts in the Nursing program are designed to build nursing knowledge, enhance nursing practice, foster professional integrity, promote innovation, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients and families from diverse communities across the continuum of care.

The Nursing program is committed to excellence in nursing education through educational programs that are:

  • Authentic: We value a deep connection to others, appreciation of diverse opinions and respect for the other’s frame of reference. We value going beyond objective assessment to understand the context of the other, creative use of self and engagement in the artistry of the caring-healing process—the essence of Nursing.
  • Complex: We value complexity science by recognizing that our Nursing program is a complex, dynamic, unpredictable, emerging, self-organizing and adaptive system that cannot be reduced to the sum of its members. As such, we seek that administrators, faculty, staff and students develop skills to improvise, build on the innovations of others, develop positive interpersonal interactions, appreciate the reciprocity that our actions have on the larger system and ourselves and embrace surprise as an opportunity to learn, make sense of our dynamic reality and make a positive impact on the health of our clients.
  • Rigorous: We continuously review and redesign programs, courses, technology-infused learning systems and educational products for depth and quality with the learner's experience and background in mind.
  • Relevant: We continuously examine changing market forces, the progression of nursing knowledge and the best practices in health care and education to redesign educational programs. There is a strong commitment to population-focused care practice in diverse communities; therefore, we strive to ensure clinically relevant education and simulation experiences. Our faculty serves as excellent role models for developing clinicians.
  • State of the Art: We value the use of technological innovation and patient simulation scenarios which foster advanced and evidence-based interdisciplinary communication and teamwork, multiple patient management and crisis resource management skills, provision of culturally relevant care, decreased prevalence of errors and adverse events and a higher intellectual standard in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education.
  • Learner-Friendly: In consideration of the demanding, fast-paced lives of our students and nurse consumers, we offer high-quality educational programs in convenient and contemporary formats, including access to academic online courses with attention to user-friendly interfaces as well as resources to enhance academic success. In addition, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to being a challenging and rewarding work environment for faculty, staff and administrators. Information and data on all aspects of the college’s operations are widely shared with faculty, staff and students and all are encouraged to participate in its decisions and activities.