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Graduate Nursing Programs


The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses for advanced practice roles and for doctoral study. Graduate education provides the student with opportunities to develop expertise and specialized knowledge in the care of clients and populations. The graduate curriculum incorporates evidence-based practice that enables nurses to participate in health policy development, research, health promotion, and management, with emphasis on diverse and vulnerable populations. We believe that the advanced practice nursing roles are integral to meeting the current and future health needs of society. With over 600 hours of clinical practice, family nurse practitioner, and nurse educator graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center national certification examination. After two years of full-time faculty experience, nursing education graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing examination.


The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates as advanced practice nursing who will: 

  1.  Integrate theoretical models from nursing science and related disciplines to guide practice that is designed to promote the health and wellness of clients across the lifespan, and the application of methodologies in nursing education.
  2. Utilize evidence-based practices to promote the development of professional nursing roles, ensure quality improvement, client safety, and the application of best practices.
  3. Translate current research evidence to improve policies, procedures, and practices in clinical and educational settings.
  4. Employ communication technologies and information systems to improve outcomes in nursing education and in practice settings.
  5. Advocate for policies that improve health outcomes for vulnerable and under-served populations, and the profession of nursing.
  6. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership in nursing education, and in clinical practice to improve the quality of care to clients.
  7. Engage in inter-professional collaboration for the improvement of health and learning outcomes of individuals and populations.  
  8. Demonstrate culturally competence, high-quality nursing care, and educational standards in the design and delivery of health care services to vulnerable and under-served populations.
  9. Incorporate legal and ethical principles in clinical practice and nursing education. 



Family Nurse Practitioner 

Graduates are prepared for advanced practice that involves individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. In the advanced practice role, family nurse practitioners demonstrate autonomous and collaborative decision-making (with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team), and hold direct accountability for clinical judgment. FNPs are primary care providers for clients of all ages to promote health, prevent disease, and manage acute and stable chronic health problems. They diagnose, and prescribe medications and treatments. In addition, they serve as a health care resource, client advocate, health educator, and consultant as part of an inter-professional health team.


Nurse Educator  

The Nurse Educator track in the Master of Science in Nursing program prepares the graduate for the role of nurse educator in the academic or health care setting. Learners gain insight and experience in curriculum design, course or program design and management, evaluation of learning, and current technologies used in education. The core and supporting courses for the program provide the foundation for the educator role in the areas of nursing research, theory, and evidence-based practice. Students will gain an understanding of nursing curriculum by designing a program of study at the associate, baccalaureate, or staff development levels.



  • All candidates must have previously earned an undergraduate nursing degree from a nationally accredited university.
  • Students must have a minimum of one year of professional nursing experience prior to admission to role courses.
  • All candidates must have a cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher.
  • All candidates must possess current RN licensure in the State of Maryland.
  • All candidates must complete the online graduate admissions application via the Bowie State University Office of Admissions.
  • All candidates must complete a Graduate Nursing Application from the BSU Department of Nursing.  To view PDF documents on this page, download the free Adobe Acrobat reader.

The first step in the application process is to apply to the BSU Graduate School – this application is located on the BSU website on the homepage. At the top of the homepage website click on “Apply Now” and submit the Graduate School application and pay the required application fee. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The second step in the application process is to apply to the Department of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program. This application must be downloaded from the Department of Nursing website under “Master of Science Nursing Program” – click on Graduate Nursing Application. The documents listed below must be submitted with the Graduate Nursing application. The completed packet must be submitted to the Department of Nursing by the application deadline (for fall admission). 

  • Candidates must submit three (3) professional recommendations. Recommendations from an immediate supervisor and two professional colleagues are required.  Recommendation forms are included with the nursing application and located on the Department of Nursing webpage.
  • Current Professional Resume
  • A personal statement of goals and objectives for pursuing graduate nursing study (150-200 words, typed and double-spaced). Please clearly state which program you are applying for (FNP or NE).
  • Completed Health Form (see application)
  • One copy of each of the following:
    1. Current Maryland RN licensure verification
    2. Current CPR certification


Submission Date: January 9, 2020

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020


Please understand that admission to the Graduate Nursing program tracks are highly selective. There are many more applicants than there is available space. While you may meet the criteria above, there may be more candidates that surpassed the criteria.

All candidates who are foreign-trained nurses are required to be licensed in the state of Maryland and have their international transcripts be evaluated by the World Evaluation Services (WES) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nurse Schools (CGFNS). A copy of this evaluation must be submitted with your application to the program!

The BSU graduate nursing program is accredited by:

(ACEN) Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
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