The purpose of the MSN program is to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in leadership, education, public health and emergency management, and family nurse practice.

The curriculum is structured to include theoretical concepts, values, and skills involved in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, as well as illness and disease management. Knowledge of nursing theory, research, healthcare systems and policy, information and healthcare technologies, ethics in practice, human diversity, and global healthcare are included in the curriculum, which builds on the knowledge of the nursing profession while also preparing individuals to assume more advanced leadership roles in patient care.