Master of Nursing MN program Clinical Nurse Leaders standing in hallway

The BS in Nursing to MN program at UW-Milwaukee offers students a nursing master’s program that successfully builds on an existing nursing baccalaureate degree. Students can choose to progress part time or full time through the curriculum.

The primary goal of the nursing master’s is to prepare graduates to be generalist nurses in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Students acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary through coursework, clinical experience and research.

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Certification Eligibility

Nursing certification is important to students, alumni and the health care facilities they work in. Graduates of the UWM Master of Nursing are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) or Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination.

CNLs are providers and managers of patient care. They design, implement and evaluate care by coordinating, delegating and supervising the services provided by their team, which includes licensed nurses, technicians and other health professionals.

CNEs are educators who provide clinical expertise to clinicians and patients through skills and education to improve health outcomes. CNEs educate not only patients but also nurses and future nurses.

The BS to MN program option offers a nurse generalist master’s program that builds on the bachelor’s degree in nursing with two certification tracks. This program is for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a current RN license. The nurse educator track requires one year of clinical experience.

Students can choose to progress part time or full time through the 42-credit curriculum.

Scholarships & Funding

We understand that financial support is important to every student. A variety of options are available to help students finance their education at UWM, including over $500,000 in nursing scholarships & funding awarded annually, as well as loans, grants, student employment, fellowships, military education benefits and more. UWM offers generous aid options for students seeking to be nurse educators or nurse faculty.

BS to Master’s of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

Year 1

Course Course NumberCredits
Leading & Managing in Systems of CareNURS 7093
BiostatisticsNURS 7203
Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare INURS 7253
Health Promotion PerspectivesNURS 7123
Physiological Basis of Advanced Nursing PracticeNURS 7533
Comprehensive Assessment of Health: Implications of Clinical Decision-MakingNURS 7543
Evidence-Based Care ManagementNURS 7233
EpidemiologyNURS 7273
Outcomes & Quality ManagementNURS 7503

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Advanced PharmacologyNURS 7073
Care Management PracticumNURS 7343
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
MN Residency (300 clock hours)NURS 7893
Health PolicyNURS 8033

BS to Master’s of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Educator Track

Year 1

Course Course NumberCredits
Leading & Managing in Systems of CareNURS 7093
Biostatistics NURS 7203
Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare INURS 7253
Health Promotion PerspectivesNURS 7123
Theoretical Foundations of Nursing EducationNURS 7163
Physiological Basis of Advanced Nursing PracticeNURS 7533
Comprehensive Assessment of Health: Implications of Clinical Decision-MakingNURS 7543
EpidemiologyNURS 7283
Principles and Foundation of Adult EducationAD Lead 7573
Use of Technology with Adult LearnersAD Lead 7073

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Outcomes & Quality ManagementNURS 7503
Advanced PharmacologyNURS 7073
MN Education ResidencyNURS 7183
MN Education ResidencyNURS 7193
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Transition to LeadershipNURS 6991


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) to be considered for admission.

An upper-level, undergraduate statistics course must be completed within the last five years with a minimum grade of “B” or better.

While prerequisites do not need to be completed to apply to the program, they must be completed prior to the start of the program. We strongly encourage you to consult with an advisor prior to applying to discuss your plan for meeting the requirements.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, all applicants must apply to the Graduate School’s application system at this website. Select the “Apply Now” button in the upper right corner and on the new page, find College of Nursing on the left column. Then select Nursing, then select Nursing MN –RN/BS to MN.

Complete online Graduate School Application and do the following:

  • Pay a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all schools attended, regardless of how long ago it may have been. Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted.
  • Upload current professional resume.
  • Submit the names and email addresses from three different people who are willing to submit a reference for you. They should know about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing. Once the email addresses are submitted, the Graduate School will generate recommendations to your references.
  • For international students only, upload evidence of English proficiency: The language of instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is English. All international applicants must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Inter-national English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are located on the Center for International Education/CIE website. Email questions to:
  • Upload personal statement: Three to five pages, double-spaced, addressing the following:
    • Reasons for pursuing nursing as a career, specifically the CNL role
    • Strengths you will bring to the profession
    • Career goals
    • Description of leadership, work and volunteer experience
    • Life challenges or other information you would like the admissions committee to consider
  • Upload a copy of your current Wisconsin Nursing License, including license number.
  • Upload cover sheet available on application in the Questionnaires section.

The below courses are approved undergraduate statistics courses that qualify for the UW-Milwaukee Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program prerequisite.

University/CollegeCourseCourse Number
UW-MilwaukeeEducational Statistical Methods IED PSY 624
UW-MilwaukeeStatistics in the Health ProfessionsKIN 270
UW-MilwaukeeElementary Statistical AnalysisMTHSTAT 215
UW-MilwaukeePsychological StatsPSYCH 210
UWM at WaukeshaStatistical Methods in PsychologyCGS PSY 210
UWM at WaukeshaElementary StatisticsCGS MATH 215
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeBasic StatisticsMATH 260
Madison CollegeBasic StatisticsMATH 240
UW Colleges OnlineStatistical Methods in PsychologyPYSCH 210
UW Colleges OnlineElementary StatisticsMATH 117
UW-Extension Independent Learning Elementary StatisticsU3600-246
UW-Green BayIntroductory StatisticsMATH 260
UW-LaCrosseElementary StatisticsMATH 145
UW-MadisonIntroduction to Statistical MethodsSTATS 301
UW-ParksidePsychological StatisticsPSYCH 250
UW-WhitewaterEducational StatisticsED FOUNDATIONS 482
Alverno CollegeProbability and StatisticsMGT 250 or BSC 256
Cardinal StritchApplied StatisticsMT 120
Carthage CollegeApplied Stats for Management and EconomicsBUS 2340
Jackson College (online)Introduction to Probability and StatisticsMATH 133
Lakeland CollegeProbability and StatisticsMAT 220
Marian UniversityIntro to Probability and StatisticsMAT 122
Marquette UniversityModern Elementary StatisticsMATH 1700
Marquette UniversityPsychological Measurements and StatisticsPSYC 2001
Marquette UniversitySocial StatisticsSOCI 2060

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February 1
(Fall start)

October 1
(Spring start)

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The masters degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education The program is also approved by the State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

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