Nursing (M.S.)

This program is not currently accepting new students.

Across the country, a shortage of nurses and nursing faculty members who are qualified to teach the next generation of nursing leaders could cripple our health care system in the coming decades. As a practicing nurse or educator, you can make a difference in the lives of others whether you are managing a hospital floor or leading a classroom. 

If you hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, are licensed as a registered nurse or are eligible for licensing in the state of Maryland, the master’s degree in nursing program can broaden your personal and professional options. Courses are offered on weekday evenings to give you the flexibility you need to balance family, work, and a graduate program. All courses are offered in a hybrid model with on-site classroom instruction one week followed by an online assignment the next week. View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Population-Based Approach

Unlike other master’s programs that prepare nurse practitioners to assume many of the roles traditionally performed by medical doctors or clinical nurse specialists, population-based nurses help patients navigate the complexities of the health care system. They serve as case managers, coordinating patient care and medications from different specialists. Case managers see the whole picture rather than the limited perspective of a specialty area. Choose from two concentrations:

  • Nursing education prepares you for the classroom. The Nursing Education Concentration is for students who plan to teach in a nursing school or work in staff development or education in a health care agency. View the video to learn more.
  • Clinician-administrator transition prepares you for leadership positions in the field.

Maryland’s Only Graduate Nursing Cohort Program

The master’s in nursing program is now offering a cohort program for full-time students to take classes together one day each week — the only nursing graduate program in Maryland organized as a full-time cohort. The program makes it easier to work around your academic demands by developing your work schedule in advance. In addition, the program allows you to build supportive relationships and networks to help you navigate the university and graduate in a timely manner.

Why Towson University?

First-rate Faculty

Nursing faculty members brings years of experience in the field to enrich your classroom experience. Your professors encourage you to participate in field and volunteer opportunities and provide direct supervision and guidance. 

Clinical Sites

Apply the knowledge and practice the skills you learn in the classroom in a variety of settings. Towson partners with health care and nonprofit organizations throughout the Baltimore area, including some of the nation’s top research institutions like University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Nursing students volunteer with companies and local organizations to develop and staff health fairs, where they perform blood pressure screenings and provide education regarding health promotion activities and communicable diseases. Gain experience in a range of settings with diverse groups of patients.

Accreditation & Memberships

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program and master's degree in nursing program at Towson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791 or

The Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing, and the Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board.

Contact Information

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Kathy Ogle

Linthicum Hall
Room 301

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.