Designed for highly motivated nursing students who possess a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and who want to pursue an advanced practice MSN degree in conjunction with our PhD program.

About the Program

The Penn Advantage University of Penn School of Nursing fall 2011

Home to some of the most forward-thinking scholars and researchers in the world, Penn offers the opportunity to work alongside faculty who are actively shaping the future of nursing science and healthcare. Our networks and longstanding clinical and community partnerships throughout greater Philadelphia and beyond provide uncommon access to research and practice resources.

Program Information


Program Length

5 years *

Financial aid available?


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Learning Format

In-person *

Program length is dependent upon chosen MSN program.

Program Details


Each curriculum varies based upon your chosen MSN specialty program. Upon admission, you’ll be paired with two standing faculty members for mentorship and guidance. All standing faculty members have appointments in at least one of Penn Nursing’s four research centers which can also provide support services to you in your work. 


Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher


College level statistics course




See individual MSN concentrations for required program-specific RN experience

Application Deadlines

You will apply to both our MSN and PhD programs at the same time, and if accepted into both, have a place held for you in the PhD program while you complete the MSN program. 

Full-time Enrollment Deadline: November 4, 2024

Decision Notification: late-February

Part-time Enrollment

Spring 2025 Start Deadline: October 15, 2024

Decision Notification: late-December

Summer 2025 Start Deadline: March 15, 2025

Decision Notification: late-April

Fall 2025 Start Deadline: April 1, 2025

Decision Notification: mid-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition


Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Applicants to this program may be eligible for the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program Fellowship, which offers a free Penn education to budding NPs who are committed to working in underserved communities after graduation.

Discount available for employees of our Academic Practice Partners. Click here to learn more.


We are committed to assisting all full-time PhD students for four years of tuition, fees, living stipend, and health insurance. You may be funded internally or externally, depending on the options available. The doctoral program leadership will determine which funding is most appropriate for all incoming students. Students who choose part-time enrollment are responsible for paying for their own tuition, fees, and health insurance. Learn more about financial aid for PhD students.

The charts below outline costs based on the school year. For full-time doctoral students, after the first five years the reduced rate is charged until the Doctorate degree is awarded, or for a maximum of five additional years.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this advanced level of nursing education, Penn Nursing MSN graduates will:

  • Use scientific inquiry to translate evidence into practice and promote clinical scholarship
  • Perform advanced nursing skills for specialty and subspecialty nursing practice
  • Lead quality improvement and manage care delivery models across settings
  • Leverage strong networks to advance in professional role

Our doctoral graduates go on to take coveted leadership roles in academia, healthcare, government, and related fields, and are integral to the growth of our profession.