Online Nursing Degrees

Everyone needs care. Be the nurse who provides the best.

The only thing that can enhance both clinical competency and care delivery is education. And with more than 3.9 million nurses in the United States,* representing the largest section of health care workers, you’ll need more than a degree from just any university. You’ll need one that represents diligence, innovation and independence.

The University of North Dakota offers online nursing degrees that can help you stand out as a leader in health care and stand up as a trusted advocate for any patient population. Our online master’s and doctoral programs are designed to help you build on your foundation in nursing and develop the skills you need to be the outstanding caregiver your patients deserve.

*World Health Statistics

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Complete coursework 100% online

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3 start dates per year — spring, summer or fall

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Earn your M.S. or D.N.P.

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No GMAT/GRE required

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Online Nursing Programs

While there are a variety of causes for health conditions — from genetics to lifestyle choices — one thing is constant: the need for advanced practice nurses to help treat them.

It’s up to you as a trusted health care professional to ensure that proper care is delivered. To do that, you’ll need the highest level of nursing education.

Master of Science with a Major in Nursing

Graduate in as few as 8 semesters

Online M.S.

Our P.M.H.N.P. online nursing program is among the few offered in the North Dakota/Minnesota/South Dakota region.

If you already have your B.S.N., you can earn your online Master of Science with a Major in Nursing. We offer two specializations to support your passion and professional nursing career goals.


Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate in as few as 5 semesters

Online Post-Master’s D.N.P.

If you already have your M.S.N. and are ready to take on high-level leadership and policy-influencing roles, the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is your next step.

Why choose UND for your online nursing degree?

We’ve been educating students at a distance since 1911, and today UND offers more than 120 online degree programs, certificates and professional development courses to students across the globe. For the past 30 years, we’ve been focused specifically on offering technology-based distance education to our College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines graduate nursing students. We know online. But more than that, we know what our students expect from us as one of the nation’s “Best National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report (2021).

For you, earning an advanced nursing degree doesn’t mean slowing down and taking your time. It means getting ahead and gaining new knowledge quickly, on a schedule that works for you. And with UND, that’s exactly what you’ll get. We empower you to work at your own pace and trust that you’ll reach out when you need our support.

When you choose the University of North Dakota, you’re committing to a higher level of learning that allows you to play an essential role in the nation’s health care system, providing key services to a wide variety of patient populations.

Your next move could change your life, and the lives of others.

Convenient learning environment.

The point of earning an advanced degree is to push your career further, not put it on hold. That’s why we allow you to complete your coursework when it’s convenient for you. And your coursework isn’t the only thing that can be done 100% online — we also offer student support services to help you navigate your new life as an online student.

Small class sizes.

Everyone learns differently, but one thing we’ve noticed is that smaller class sizes result in better student performance. With our low student-faculty ratio, you can look forward to regular communication and reliable support from your professors and peers. Getting lost in the shuffle just doesn’t happen at UND.

Board-certified faculty and industry-experienced peers.

Your online classroom will be filled with industry leaders who are actively practicing in the field and base their teaching methods on real-world, firsthand experience. Learn alongside other students who are just as passionate about making a difference and want to help you succeed in your role as a nurse, too.

Innovative coursework.

In an industry that’s always changing, it’s important that our online nursing curriculum changes with it. That’s why we make it a priority to integrate trends and technology that make patient-centered care even more holistic.

UND is recognized for quality and chosen for excellence:

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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The University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The master’s degree program in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of North Dakota are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

What careers can you pursue with your online nursing degree?

The U.S. has a shortage of nearly 7,000 primary care physicians, according to data from the Health Services and Resources Administration. As more specialists rise through the ranks, physicians retire and demand increases, this number is expected to grow to between 21,400 and 55,200 by  2033.*

To fill this gap, many of today’s nurses are seeking advanced education to prepare for roles where their responsibilities extend beyond what they currently do. While you can’t control the industry, it’s important to take control of what you can: your credentials.

The University of North Dakota has the coursework you need to achieve the career you desire. In fact, most UND students have jobs lined up 12 months before graduation, with 85% of them entering positions related to their UND education. You can experience the same results as a nursing student.

What’s the career outlook for nurses?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, global life expectancy is projected to increase by almost eight years, climbing from 68.6 years in 2015 to 76.2 years in 2050. The longer people live, the greater the demand will become for specialized nursing professionals.

  • Job growth for advanced practice nurses is expected to increase by 45% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration predicts more than 1 million registered nurses will reach retirement age in the next 10 to 15 years, which means positive growth opportunities for you.
  • An advanced practice nurse with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average salary of $106,904.**

*Association of American Medical Colleges
**American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Meet Our Faculty

The best way to become a leader in nursing is to learn from nursing leaders. We’re proud of the board-certified faculty members who teach our innovative online nursing curriculum. They offer practical knowledge and interactive learning experiences to make sure you’re ready for wherever the nursing field takes you.

Our faculty is one of the reasons we’re ranked among Successful Student’s “Best Online Colleges in 2021” and ranked number 11 for “Best Master of Science in Nursing Programs in the Country” for 2021 by

They work to create an open-door atmosphere and invite you to take advantage of that so you get the most out of your education at the University of North Dakota. You can trust that they’ll do everything they can to help grow your career as an advanced practice nurse.