These are common questions for the MSN program.

How do I apply to the MSN Graduate program?

First Step: You must Apply Online to USC Upstate university and pay the $45 application fee. Send all official transcripts to admissions@uscupstate.edu.

When can I apply to the MSN Graduate program?

You can apply anytime, but we only accept students for the Fall and Spring semesters.

What are deadlines to apply to the MSN Graduate program?

There is not a deadline; but we ask that you have all necessary documents within 2 weeks of the starting semester for which you are applying.

How is course work delivered?

All classes are held 100% online with the exception of clinical hours.

What If I am having trouble accessing my email, SSC and blackboard account?

If you are having trouble accessing email, SSC, or Blackboard, please contact the Division of Information Technology (IT).

Who do I contact if I have any questions as a new student?

If you have questions as a new student, please view the following web page. New Students | USC Upstate.

How much is out of state tuition?

All on-line students receive in-state tuition rates; no matter where they reside.

How long does it take to complete the MSN program?

If you are a full-time student the program usually takes two calendar years to complete.

How many programs does the MSN graduate program offer?

We offer 3 programs:

  • CNL (Clinical Nurse Leader)
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership


What are required prerequisites to get accepted into the MSN program?

A completion of an accredited BSN degree and you must have an active, clear, unrestricted RN license.

How many credit hours are required to complete the MSN program?

38 credit hours

How many practicum hours are required?

CNL – 450 clinical hours
Nursing Education – 375 practicum hours
Nursing Leadership – 187 practicum hours

*note: all practicum/clinical hours can be completed in your own work/clinical settings, but hours must be earned when not working as an employee.

What if I have questions or need a hold lifted registering for classes?

All MSN graduate students will be assigned an advisor who can help with questions and lift holds.

Do you have loans or scholarships that can help reduce financial burden?

Though not always guaranteed, our Dean and Director work constantly to receive scholarships, loan and grants to ensure all our students have a substantial, and worthy experience at the Mary Black College of Nursing! Scholarship opportunities can found at Scholarships, Grants and Loans.