Get More Out of Your Nursing Career

Ball State’s master of science (MS) in nursing gives you three directions to follow, depending on your career aspirations. In other words, you can choose from paths as a nurse educator, nurse administrator, or family nurse practitioner. 

So imagine where these paths can lead. . .

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators take their experience in nursing and their talent for teaching to the classrooms of colleges and universities, trade schools, and junior colleges, although some opportunities are found in general medical and surgical hospitals. Job description includes:

  • Planning a curriculum for undergraduate courses
  • Lecture on various topics
  • Prepare class syllabus and other course materials
  • Encourage and moderate class discussions
  • Assign and grade homework while also overseeing students’ lab and clinical work

Ball State’s nurse educator concentration can lead you in this direction.

Nurse Administrator

Nurse administrators play a critical leadership role as they lead teams and units of nurses, while also factoring in the costs of delivering patient care. As a part of that role, nurse administrators work with policy, management, finance, and human resources in settings such as hospitals, laboratories, and long-term and nursing care facilities. Job description includes:

  • Manage and supervise work of nursing personnel
  • Work to raise level of care and efficiency of care
  • Create budgets, approve expenditures, manage costs
  • Supervise hiring of new staff
  • Document use of facility services and resources

If this sounds like you, our nurse administrator concentration will prepare you for this role.

New Options for Nurse Educators and Nurse Administrators

We are offering two new program options you may want to consider applying for. These options include: 

Nurse Educator + FNP Certificate
Nurse Administrator + FNP Certificate

These unique options allows individuals who are interested in becoming a Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator, but who also has interest in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, the ability to pursue both interests.  Additionally, for those interested in the FNP program but feel their overall undergraduate GPA may not be as competitive as they would like, these options may be worth considering as an alternative pathway to becoming a FNP.
By substituting courses required for the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator concentrations with pre-requisites needed for the FNP clinical courses, students can earn a master’s degree, with a concentration as a Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator, along with an FNP Post-Master’s Certificate in 10 semesters of part-time study.  Information about the new options is located in the Information Packet located here.

Family Nurse Practitioner

In an advanced practice role, nurse practitioners practice in private practices, schools and colleges, hospice centers, community clinics, Veterans Affairs facilities, and private and public health departments.
Job descriptions include:
  • Diagnose and treat acute illnesses, infections and injuries
  • Write prescriptions for medications, including dosage and frequency
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Educate patients about managing their health and design patient treatment plans
And our family nurse practitioner concentration is designed to put you in this setting.

RN to MS Option

If you are an RN with an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor's degree outside the nursing field, you can still pursue our master's degree by following the RN to MS option

Learn More

Learn more about our admission requirements and how to apply, as well as tuition costs and financial aid.

You may also want to know more about our innovative faculty and the many advantages our program offers.

If you have specific questions, contact Graduate Advisor Shantelle Estes.


Designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the nation.
CCNE accreditation
The MS in nursing at Ball State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 
Top Ranked
Ranked No. 24 in 2015 among online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Quality Matters Implementation Plan Seal
Granted the Quality Matters Implementation Plan designation that ensures that the online components of our courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. 

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