Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Do you want to take your career to the next level?

Would you like more flexibility and independence in your job?

Are you driven by the desire to make a difference in people’s lives?

If you answered yes, then our MSN program could be for you!

The graduate program in nursing is designed for working nurses who are interested in the masters degree to further careers in nursing education or nursing management/administration. You’ll benefit from the small classroom size and personalized attention by faculty who are committed to providing excellent course and practicum experiences.


The MSN is available in three tracks:

Nurse Educator

Designed for nurses who desire to teach nurses or patients within the clinical setting.

Nurse Manager/Administrator

Designed for those nurses seeking a leadership position in the field of nursing.

Palliative Care

Designed for those seeking advanced skills and knowledge on how to manage chronic disease.

In lieu of a thesis, students may complete a scholarly project. All tracks may be completed in five semesters.


Louisville, KY Campus

Students may choose to complete the 500 level courses face-to-face meeting one night per week.  All 600 level courses will be completed online.


All coursework is delivered online.


MSN tuition is $430 per credit hour.  All online courses will be charged a $60 per credit hour technology fee.

CCNE Accredited SealAccreditation

The master's program at McKendree University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 

MSN Goals

Graduates of the McKendree University's Master of Science in Nursing program will contribute to the science of nursing in one's specialty area of practice by analyzing underlying disparities in knowledge or evidence; formulating research questions; and systematically evaluating the impact on quality and disseminating evidence-based solutions to nursing problems.  Graduates will be prepared to respond to the evolving healthcare systems to meet the nation's health needs.

MSN Aggregate Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

1.   Integrate theories and scientific findings into research and practice.

2.   Analyze the effects of policy, economics, and societal influences on healthcare systems.

3.   Appraise the effects of systems and organizational leadership on healthcare outcomes.

4.   Integrate the behaviors and functions of a masters prepared nurse into professional nursing roles.

5.   Demonstrate effective interprofessional collaboration and communication in practice.

6.   Analyze the impact of ethical issues on professional nursing practice.

7.   Utilize advanced skills according to standards of practice.

8.   Engage in scholarly activities to foster lifelong learning in professional practice. 

9.   Utilize research, informatics, and technologies to provide safe, high-quality healthcare, initiate change, and improve healthcare outcomes.

10.   Demonstrate cultural responsiveness in service to individuals, families, aggregates, and populations throughout the health/illness continuum.

Post-Master’s Certificate

Information on a Post-Master's Certificate   

Meet the Faculty


Richelle RennegarbeRichelle Rennegarbe, PhD, RN, CENP

Professor of Nursing
Chair of the Division of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-2148

Helene SeibertHelene Seibert, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6841


Martha McDonaldMartha McDonald, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6437

Kelli LewisKelli Whittington, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6845


Kay MueggenburgKay Mueggenburg, PhD, MSN, RN, CHPN

Associate Professor of Nursing
Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6845

Janice WiegmannJanice Wiegmann, PhD, RN

Professor of Nursing
1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-6842



(618) 537-6576

Nursing Division Secretary

Naomia SeversNaomia Severs

(800) 232-7228, x6437 or (618) 537-6437