About Our Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

What is unique about EMU’s MSN Program?

  • An interprofessional focus means you’ll study business, education, conflict transformation, and nursing.
  • Our sacred covenant framework of nursing is based on faith and values, high professional standards, and bringing people to wholeness and healing.
  • Small class sizes enhance community-building.
  • Earn your clinical hours in your own work setting!
  • Our hybrid program is primarily online distance learning with some virtual classes.
  • EMU’s expert nursing faculty often have extensive cross-cultural experience*.
  • Clinical hours are arranged near the student’s residence in collaboration among student, faculty, agency, and preceptor.
  • Students develop leadership skills while being mindful of what is just, culturally competent, respectful and sacred.

You’ll be part of a community of adult learners collaborating and finding strategic ways to improve the healthcare system. Many students earn a majority of the required 250 clinical hours in their own work setting!

MSN Concentrations of Study

Our advanced nursing education program runs fall, spring and summer semesters, and offers a 24-month full-time/48-month part-time, 37-38 credit hour, online master’s degree in nursing and leadership. There are two short mandatory residency requirements – one involving orientation to the program and the other during the NURS 503 Conflict course (see FAQs for details).

Leadership and Management Concentration
Leadership and School Nursing Concentration

Both concentrations prepare graduates to lead and collaborate within complex health care systems.

Nursing Certifications

Faith Community Nursing

Designed to prepare RN’s to serve effectively within their faith communities, this certification is offered either in a traditional classroom setting or online.

School Nurse

This post-baccalaureate certificate program consists of 12 credits of hybrid coursework, including a practicum. There is a mandatory one-day residency orientation in mid-May at the Lancaster, Pa. campus. This certification program provides an easy transition into the MSN Leadership & School Nurse concentration.

Our Unique Approach to Nursing Studies

A focus on mindful leadership

Our framework includes approaches that are especially useful for nurse leaders and managers who can bring about change within the systems in which they work. These approaches include empowerment, reconciliation, partnership, presence, justice, service, and advocacy.

Your professors will draw on EMU’s extensive experience in cross-cultural learning and the nursing department’s established reputation for educating nurses with high moral values, a broader view towards others, above average communication skills and cultural competence.

You will gain from the expertise of entrepreneurial faculty in EMU’s other graduate programs in business and conflict transformation as we cultivate leadership skills and remain mindful of what is just, culturally competent, respectful and sacred.

Developing an effective “voice”

EMU’s department of nursing traces its roots to the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith tradition that embraces the gift of reconciliation. We believe nursing is a service ministry devoted to the care of others. Through our service to others, we function in roles that assist individuals, families, complex systems and communities to achieve and maintain the highest level of health.

To serve effectively in this ministry many nurses require additional knowledge and skills to develop a “voice” that is both authentic and effective in improving relationships, patient safety, and system and patient outcomes. Relational and system healing within the dilemmas facing the health care system require nurses with clear, reasoned, credible and persistent voices who believe systems can create healing environments.


Graduate programs at EMU are supervised by the offices of the provost and the graduate dean. All programs adhere to the university-wide policies.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved this new program in Fall 2010.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has recognized the substantive change proposal for the MSN program.