FAQ for MSN
These are common questions for the MSN program.
You can apply anytime, but we only accept students for the Fall and Spring semesters.
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.
All classes are held 100% online with the exception of clinical hours.
If you are having trouble accessing email, SSC, or Blackboard, please contact the Division of Information Technology (IT).
If you have questions as a new student, please view the following web page. New Students | USC Upstate.
All on-line students receive in-state tuition rates; no matter where they reside.
If you are a full-time student the program usually takes two calendar years to complete.
We offer 3 programs:
- CNL (Clinical Nurse Leader)
- Nursing Education
- Nursing Leadership
A completion of an accredited BSN degree and you must have an active, clear, unrestricted RN license.
38 credit hours
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.
All MSN graduate students will be assigned an advisor who can help with questions and lift holds.
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.