College of Nursing

Nursing Graduate Programs

Xavier's graduate nursing (MSN) programs have been open to BSN prepared registered nurses since 2005 and prepares graduates to be holistic healers and leaders in the delivery of health care with an educational foundation grounded in Jesuit ethics and value. Our graduate nursing programs are for nurses who not only want to serve - they want to lead. 

Master's Programs

MSN Programs - Online

Xavier's 100% online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for registered nurses looking to grow as a nurse leader or move into a managerial, educational or consultative role.

Registered nurses may specialize their MSN in education, family nurse practitionerforensics or psychiatric/mental health.

MSN Programs

Accelerated Second Degree Direct Entry MSN Program (MIDAS)

The MIDAS program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in another field who wish to prepare for a career as a registered nurse (RN). This 20 month program is a full-time program for mature, goal-directed individuals who, upon completion of the program, is awarded an MSN degree and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). 

MIDAS Program

MSN/MS (Criminal Justice major) Dual Degree - Online

Recognizing the increasing demand for nurses and criminal justice professionals with overlapping skills, Xavier University offers a unique online dual degree program that integrates 2 advanced degree programs. Students would be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic Track degree and a Master of Science (Criminal Justice major) degree.

MSN/MS Dual Degree Program

Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Population Health Leadership (DNP) - Online

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Population Health Leadership (DNP) degree program is a population health-focused post-master’s degree program. Applicants must have a MSN from a CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited school, or a Master's in a field other than nursing. Candidates with a Master's in a field other than nursing are required to have a BSN from a CCNE, ACEN or regionally accredited institution. 

DNP Details


Post-Master's - Online

Xavier offers post-master’s certificates in family nurse practitioner (FNP), education and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) 100% online and are available for registered nurses who have already obtained an MSN or higher.

Certificate Options