Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) features multiple specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nursing informatics, and nursing and health systems administration. 

U.S. News & World Report, in its survey of the Best Nursing Schools for 2019, has ranked the UAB School of Nursing 8th in the nation. 

Additionally, two of the School's MSN Specialty Tracks were ranked ongockle"I went to undergrad here, and I know there are a lot of neat opportunities for students. It’s easy for students to get involved in different things…"
Erin Gockel, BSN, RN,
BSN 2012
MSN Student, Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars

Read more about why Erin chose the UAB School of Nursing

reputation -- Nursing Health Systems Administration is listed 2nd, Clinical Nurse Leader 7th, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 12th, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 15th.

Located in one of the world’s largest academic health centers, the MSN at UAB prepares nurses for advanced specialty practice in advanced nursing roles and offers countless opportunities to develop advanced practice innovations both locally and globally.

The MSN also prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a practice-focused terminal degree that prepares graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or in the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing.

The PhD in Nursing at UAB is the oldest and most honored program in the state of Alabama that prepares nurses as researchers, scholars and leaders who make substantive contributions to the science of nursing.

Graduates employ abilities and skills learned in the MSN to form collaborative partnerships; assume leadership roles in clinical practice, nursing administration, nursing education and nursing informatics; interpret clinical and management-related research; and make data-driven decisions to enhance the utilization of resources. 

Review the MSN specialty track options to determine the best fit for your future. It is also possible to obtain a second master’s degree in an area of your choice. Definitions, functions, and career opportunities for each of the focal areas and specialty tracks are listed on those individual pages.

The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (