Graduate Nursing

The Graduate Nursing program offers a rigorous curriculum in advanced nursing education in both traditional and online full-time and part-time schemes.

The Graduate Nursing program is designed for registered nurses who wish to further advance their nursing career. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is a traditional program that prepares nurses to achieve the core competencies required of the family nurse practitioner. Coupled with the 46 semester hours and additional clinical hours, the curriculum is sequenced in a manner to facilitate the student’s progression and transition into the advanced practice role. The Nurse Educator (NE) track is a 39-semester online program and is designed to prepare registered nurses to teach in academic and clinical settings and enhance skills in staff development and community education. “The Post-Master’s certificates, Family Nurse Practitioner track also prepare registered nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing degree to work as Family Nurse Practitioners.

Upon successful completion of the graduation requirements and the necessary years of full-time teaching experience in an academic role, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination, or the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination depending on their program concentration.

MSN program received ranking of #46 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 “Best Graduate Schools”

Graduate Nursing Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Master of Science nursing program at Howard University Division of Nursing will: 


1. Synthesize knowledge from theories and research and evaluate its relevance for application within a selected area of nursing practice for populations across the lifespan. 


2. Implement comprehensive health care delivery to culturally diverse groups based on a theoretical framework using advance knowledge and skills inclusive of environmental and community characteristics along with life stage development. 


3. Assess, diagnose, and manage clients (and families) across the lifespan along the health-illness spectrum. 


4. Implement leadership strategies which prescribe, decide, and influence changes in nursing and health care in response to local, national, and global health disparities. 


5. Synthesize the advocacy role as an integral part of advanced nursing practice. 


6. Define and integrate the scope of advanced nursing practice through involvement with legislative, regulatory, ethical, and professional standards. 

Admission Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited nursing program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed one year of clinical work experience post-BSN.
  • Have completed a statistics course.
  • Be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the District of Columbia.

The applicant must submit the following documents for review:

  • Nursing CAS Application (see link above)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (Recommendations are to be completed by at least one member of academia and one supervisor who can attest to the applicant’s personal character) 
  • Application fee
  • Curriculum vitae / resume
  • Official transcript(s) of all college course work
  • Professional goal statement

*Once NursingCAS application is complete, please email Ms. Raquel Paylor at 


For admission questions, please email Ms. Raquel Paylor at