Master's in Nursing (MSN) Degree Programs

MSN degreeWhat Is a Graduate Nursing Degree?

A graduate nursing degree is a master's level degree that allows nursing students who already have obtained a BSN or ABSN to further their career in a specified area. Students who attend graduate nursing schools or MSN schools are trained with the skills to care for their patients on the same level that doctors care for their patients by the time they receive their MSN degree.

Become a Nurse Leader at GMercyU

Today’s growing need for highly skilled nurses makes this an ideal time to earn your graduate nursing degree from one the region’s top MSN schools. For more than 60 years, GMercyU’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has been a leading provider of quality nursing education as one of the best nursing schools in Philadelphia. Here, you’ll find graduate nursing programs that help you advance your nursing career, and provide clinical expertise and compassionate care to your patients at this top graduate nursing school.

Graduate Nursing Degree Programs to Support Advanced Practice Nursing

For nurses who already hold a BSN degree, GMercyU offers Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs that prepare you for advanced practice in clinical nursing, nursing education, or as a nurse practitioner (primary care provider). Our MSN programs offer rich experiences that will advance your career and make a difference in people's lives. With caring faculty and clinical expertise, GMercyU is known for our exceptional MSN programs in Pa. For those with a bachelor's degree in another field, launch your career as a nurse leader with our Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN).

If you hold a MSN degree and wish to qualify as a nurse practitioner, our Post-Graduate Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) Certificate program will help you achieve your goals. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) is for advanced-practice nurses who want to take their career to the next level. Regardless of the program you choose, you will benefit from our experienced faculty, first-rate curriculum, and excellent clinical experiences. 

Exceptional Job Opportunities for NPs: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics currently rates nurse practitioners as the #1 fastest growing occupation in the country with an expected job growth rate of 46% through 2031, nearly 10x the national average. 

Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
When you’re looking to serve as a primary care provider, GMercyU’s online MSN-Nurse Practitioner program teaches you the advanced clinical skills you need to diagnose patients, provide treatments, and prescribe medications.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) 
With this online graduate degree, become an advanced practice care provider who offers primary care or specialized care to adult patients, from the teen years to the older adult.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 
Our online MSN-FNP program will prepare you to work with patients from all ages and walks of life, from newborns and their mothers to the elderly in a variety of settings. 

Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
This online program prepares you to become a PNP, an advanced practice registered nurse who provides primary care to children, from birth through adolescence to age 21.

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN)
A full-time, 24-month, prelicensure master’s-level nursing degree for career changers who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Launch your career in the field as a highly skilled nurse leader.

Post-Graduate Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) Certificate 
If you already hold a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and want to serve as a primary care provider, this online graduate Nurse Practitioner certificate program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.   

Doctor of Nursing Practice 
This online nursing program is for nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, or certified nurse midwives who want to prepare for advanced practice nursing at the doctoral level.


Where Our Graduate Nursing Degrees Can Take You

With a MSN degree or DNP, degree you can do more for patients. With a degree from one of the best MSN schools in PA, you can also open doors to nursing career opportunities that offer the following:

  • Increased responsibility and autonomy as a practitioner and nursing leader
  • The potential for a more balanced working life, thanks to regular office hours instead of shift work
  • The opportunity to earn more, depending on your career path and local job market

Advanced Nursing Roles with Salary Estimates*


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Learn more about how you can advance your nursing career with the best nursing programs in Philadelphia at Gwynedd Mercy University. Contact an Admissions Counselor today at 855-268-0431 or

*Please nore that salary estimates are based on survey data. Actual salaries may vary widely depending upon your location, the employer, and your experience and certification.