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Dillard University will offer a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) beginning the fall 2023

NEW ORLEANS—Dillard University will offer a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through its College of Nursing beginning the fall 2023 semester and is now accepting applications for its inaugural cohort. The M.S.N. will be the first master’s degree in Dillard’s 153 year history. The M.S.N. is a 12-course, 36-39 credit hour hybrid degree program designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters for full time students and six semesters for part time students. Program options include Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Entrepreneur. Financial assistance available.  

Dr. Rochelle Ford, Dillard University’s president, says it is apropos that the nursing program is home to the University’s first master’s degree. “Our nursing program is an historical program; we are known for our exceptional graduates in the field, many of whom have earned advanced credentials and degrees.”

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports the need for registered nurses will increase to 1.1 million in 2025 with a growth rate of 7% until 2029, however, Dillard also recognizes the need for nurse educators and administrators. 

“Dillard’s MSN degree program directly aligns with the demand for more nurses and nurse educators to prepare future nurses and nursing administrators to manage and lead staff nurses in their various roles and settings,” said Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, dean of Dillard’s College of Nursing. “This is an exciting time to enter the arena of graduate nursing education and produce graduates who will prepare future nurses, impact healthcare outcomes for consumers of health, and address health disparities for diverse peoples and communities.”

Effective May 3, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 3, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

For more information about Dillard’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, contact the College of Nursing at 504-816-4717 or