Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

The WVU School of Nursing offers the following graduate level programs: Master of Science in Nursing (via the Post-BSN to DNP program), Post-MSN Certificate, Post-BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice, MSN/MBA Dual Degree and Doctor of Philosophy. 

Master of Science (Via BSN-DNP Program)

Baccalaureate prepared nurses can obtain a master's degree in nursing through the our BSN-DNP program, launched in 2016. This program is designed for nurses, who already have a bachelor's degree in nursing, to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 48 credit hours, with the option to finish the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 14 additional credit hours (total of 62 credit hours). Upon completion of the MSN requirements, students will have the ability to sit for advanced practice certification. Current specialty tracks prepare students to certify as pediatric and family nurse practitioners. 

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Business Administration (MSN/MBA)

The WVU School of Nursing and the WVU College of Business & Economics have created the first off-campus dual master's degree program to give you the skills and knowledge to serve as a nurse leader. Graduates of the MSN (Executive Focus) and MBA program can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, nonprofit organizations and public sectors.

This blended degree program (totaling 67 credit hours) is done predominately online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and includes four 3-4 day residencies to enhance experiential learning and understanding of the curriculum content. Students take courses from both the MSN and MBA program concurrently, allowing assimilation of advanced business management concepts into the nursing administration role.

Post-MSN Certificate 

The Post-MSN certificate program is offered to professional nurses who have previously earned a master's degree or higher in nursing and who are interested in obtaining national certification in advanced practice nursing. The two functional areas include family and pediatric nurse practitioner.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. This post-graduate program can be completed in as few as 33 credit hours. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students.


Our PhD in nursing is a part-time blended program with in-person and distance learning components. The program includes three years of coursework, delivered online during Fall/Spring/Summer, followed by a qualifying examination. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, culminating in a written and oral dissertation defense.