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Nursing students outside Grand Valley's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on Grand Rapids' Health Hill.

Nursing, M.S.N.

Nursing is an exciting profession that is responsive to changes in health care. An increasing focus on health promotion and maintenance, and technological advancements in the treatment of illness, has placed new demands on health care providers. Professional nurses are needed to provide evidence-based solutions to critical problems, improve patient safety through risk reduction, and illness and disease management at the point of care.

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists to serve as leaders within the health care system. The program courses are delivered fully online with clinical immersion in a health care setting. We now offer degrees for students outside of Michigan living in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, and Virginia.

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • The MSN program is designed for working nurses and all courses are delivered fully online.
  • You will have access to a dedicated full-time placement coordinator who manages all of your clinical placements and academic advisors are prepared to advise students through all stages of their degree completion.
  • Graduate assistantships, scholarships, and financial aid available to those who qualify.
  • Highly qualified faculty are invested in student success and relevant coursework.
  • Grand Valley is highly respected by employers across the region, and the nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Classes for the program are fully online.



The MSN curriculum is designed to provide students with the leadership skills essential for the integration of evidence-based practice at the patient-provider interface and coordination of the care delivery process that will improve client outcomes in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible manner. Graduates of the MSN program are eligible to take the CNL certification exam.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the deadline for fall enrollment May 1. Applications received after that date are accepted based on space available.

Admission Requirements

For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.

Admission into the nursing program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.

If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.

For More Information

M.S.N. Program
333 Michigan St NE, Ste. 410
(616) 331-7160

Kirkhof College of Nursing Office of Student Services

(616) 331-7160
[email protected]

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Marie Vanderkooi, DNP
(616) 331-5903


“Grand Valley's M.S.N. program has enhanced my knowledge of nursing to a systems level by providing a curriculum with a wide range of topics, from nursing in politics to leadership. I look forward to future possibilities of professional growth in several areas in which the Advanced Generalist, with a clinical nurse leader certificate, has prepared me to enter.”