Marquette University College of Nursing

Marquette University’s Master of Science in Nursing Second Degree Direct Entry Nursing Program

Marquette University, a Catholic, Jesuit school, was founded in 1881. It offers a Master of Science in Nursing Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses which can be completed in 19 to 21 months. Marquette has two Wisconsin locations for its Direct Entry MSN program with one located in Milwaukee and another in Pleasant Prairie. Marquette’s Milwaukee campus offers an on-ground program, which begins in the summer.

Students enrolled in the on-campus program will have access to traditional in-person lectures while attending skills and simulation labs at the Center for Clinical Simulation. Students attending at the Pleasant Prairie campus, on the other hand, will partake in a hybrid model of learning, with online nursing coursework delivered through a dynamic e-Learning platform. Nursing skills and simulation labs are completed in-person at the learning site. This program starts in the fall and spring each year. At both campuses, these labs are equipped with medical manikins which simulate real-life clinical scenarios so students can practice in a controlled environment.

Regardless of which campus you choose to study at, you will also have the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations across a variety of healthcare facilities. Marquette also offers post- degree nursing certificates in specialty practice areas including nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse educator. Clinical rotations begin during your second semester and may occur in a variety of locations across Wisconsin and Illinois. Overall, students will complete the curriculum across 5 full-time semesters.

DE-MSN Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission into the direct-entry MSN program, students must possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Several prerequisite courses, completed with a grade of C or higher, are also required. The GRE is not required; however, if you feel your GRE scores would strengthen your application, you can submit them and they will review them with your application.


Marquette University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604. Founded in 1895, HLC is an independent corporation that serves as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. To learn more about the HLC and its accreditation process, please call 800.621.7440 or visit

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate certificate programs at Marquette University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, CCNE is a national, autonomous accrediting agency that contributes to the improvement of public health by confirming the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

The College of Nursing at Marquette University meets the approval of the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing (BON), located at 1400 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703. The board helps to ensure public safety by regulating nursing licensure and monitoring the quality of nursing programs in Wisconsin. To learn more about the standards of practice for registered nurses in the state of Wisconsin, please call 608.266.2112 or visit

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