Digital Education

Attend a top-ranked school of nursing at one of the nation’s leading public universities, from your home.

For nurses trying to balance demanding schedules at work and at home, pursuing a graduate education may not seem possible. By offering three Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs online, the University of Michigan School of Nursing has made earning a world-class nursing degree more accessible. In addition to our traditional or hybrid programs, students now have the opportunity to complete their MSN in the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Leadership, Analytics and Innovation specialties online. These innovative digital education programs provide the high quality, global connections and community support students expect from the nation's top public university. And because courses take place in an asynchronous format with no real-time requirements, students can set their own schedule and learn at their convenience.

Online education at the University of Michigan School of Nursing


Student experience

Discover what our school, campus and community have to offer.

“I enjoy the flexibility of having online classes because it allows me to access the course content when it's most convenient for me.”

–David Jerkins, MSN Student

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Online learning experience

A hands-on, first rate flexible learning experience.

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On-campus intensives

Leadership, Analytics and Innovation (LAI) MSN:

For our Leadership, Analytics, and Innovation MSN degree, students have the opportunity to come to campus annually in the spring for an intensive, four day extracurricular experience with other members of the program along with faculty from across the campus and health system who are leaders in health care and innovation.

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) MSN:

Students in our Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs come to campus each semester for a period of three days to take part in competency assessments, skill building and simulation experiences to support their success as an advanced practice registered nurse.

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Tentative dates for upcoming on-campus experiences for online Family Nurse Practitioner and online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care students:

On-campus intensive dates for the Fall 2020 FNP and AGNP admits:

Two-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
112/3/20-12/5/204/8/21-4/10/216/24/21-6/26/21
211/11/21- 11/13/214/14/23-4/16/23

Three-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
16/24/21-6/26/21
212/2/21-12/4/214/7/22-4/9/226/16/22-6/18/22
311/10/22-11/12/224/13/23-4/15/23

Planned dates for the Fall 2021 FNP and AGNP admits:

Two-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
112/2/21-12/4/214/7/22-4/9/226/16/22-6/18/22
211/10/22- 11/12/224/13/23-4/15/23

Three-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
16/16/22
212/1/22-12/3/224/6/23-4/8/236/16/23-6/17/23
311/9/23-11/11/234/11/24-4/13/24

2022 On-campus intensive dates for LAI students: May 17-20, 2022

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Residential Graduate Programs Licensure Disclosure

The U-M School of Nursing strives to continually update our curriculum to satisfy advanced practice nursing licensure and certification requirements in as many states as possible. However, due to the ever-changing regulatory landscape, the U-M School of Nursing advises prospective students to consult with the board of nursing in their home state, or the state in which they intend to be licensed, to ensure any program they are considering satisfies appropriate state licensure and/or certification requirements.

Online Graduate Programs Licensure Disclosure

As of July 1, 2020, The U-M School of Nursing has determined that its online curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure and/or certification in the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The U-M School of Nursing has determined that its online curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

At this time, the U-M School of Nursing has not yet determined if its online curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state not listed above. We are currently researching state requirements and working with various state boards of nursing to ensure that our advanced practice nursing programs meet all state educational requirements for licensure or certification.

If you have any questions regarding U-M School of Nursing advanced practice nursing programs and licensure or certification in your state please contact the Office of Practice and Professional Graduate Programs at UMSN-GradDigitalProgramPlacements@med.umich.edu.

For additional information concerning distance education disclosures please visit the Office of Academic Innovation.

We are currently not accepting international applicants to our online programs due to regulatory, licensure and placement constraints. International students are welcome to apply to our residential programs.

The School of Nursing is currently offering only an MSN pathway for our online programs. Those interested in a DNP have the opportunity to pursue a post-master's DNP upon successful completion of their MSN.