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Earn your BSN and MSN degrees online in as little as 3 years.

The Online RN to MSN program at Missouri Baptist University is for qualified registered nurses (RNs) who have completed their 2-year associate’s degree in nursing. Compared to the RN to BSN program, which allows RNs to complete their remaining two years and earn a BSN, the RN to MSN program enables registered nurses to complete graduate-level courses while working towards their BSN—saving both time and money when they later go for an MSN degree.

In the RN to MSN program, students will complete 12 hours of graduate courses at the BSN credit hour rate, saving roughly $8,940 and one year toward their MSN. Students will have seven years upon BSN conferral to go on to complete the MSN program and leverage those 12 earned hours.

Fast Facts

Next start date:
August 19, 2024

Cost per credit hour:
Undergraduate and graduate while in the BSN program: $350
Graduate after beginning the MSN program: $745

Real-world Experience – MBU’s RN to MSN professors have real-world, professional experience to help students get up to date on all current challenges and trends in the field.

Academics and Faith – MBU is a Christian university in St. Louis, committed to providing strong academic programs with a focus on integrating personal faith in the practice of nursing while serving a global and culturally diverse community.  

Real Value – Designed with the flexibility and convenience that working nurses need, the MBU RN to MSN degree offers an affordable option to complete both your BSN and MSN at a much lower cost—saving up to $8,940.

The RN to MSN program is built with flexibility for the working RN.

  • 100% online – Flexible online classes that work with your shift schedule and busy lifestyle.
  • Advance your career while working full-time – This program is designed to accommodate the working RN.
  • Transfer-friendly – RN to MSN students may be eligible to receive up to 40 credit hours in transfer credit for proficiency validated by their RN licensure, and up to 90 credit hours total in transfer credit.
  • The prestige of a Missouri Baptist University degree – Your MBU degree comes with the legacy of academic excellence.

MSN options at Missouri Baptist University

In the RN to MSN program, you can work towards achieving an in-demand MSN degree of your choice. Missouri Baptist University currently offers the following MSN degrees:

Family Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Educator
Executive Leadership

Applicants will select one of these degree options at the beginning of the RN to MSN program so they can tailor graduate courses to their MSN goals.

RN to MSN program details


To qualify for the RN to MSN, applicants must have proof of completion of a state board-approved associate degree or diploma nursing program and hold a current, unrestricted RN license. While students may enter the program without an RN license, it must be obtained by the end of the second term. Once the BSN is conferred, students will complete an application for the MSN and enroll to leverage the previously earned credits. If a student completes the BSN and enrolls immediately into the MSN, an application won’t be required. 

General Education Requirements

Students are required to complete required general education courses before BSN conferral. However, we find that most students have the majority of general education courses previously completed. We can complete an unofficial evaluation to give you a better idea of what to expect. With our generous transfer policy, we will work with you to ensure maximum credit for completed coursework.


During the RN-BSN portion of the program, students participate in practice learning experience hours which provide real-world application through activities such as interviews, observations, online modules, and more. Once students enter the MSN program, they will be required to complete clinical hours at an approved location of choice. Number of clinical hours required varies depending on the chosen MSN program track.

Approved Locations

Please note, we are not able to provide the MSN program in every state due to Board of Nursing requirements. Please check with your enrollment counselor before enrolling if you live outside of Missouri. We are currently approved to offer the MSN in several states, and we can verify if your state is approved. 

Contact Us

For more details on this online program at Missouri Baptist University, please contact Office of Online & Graduate Enrollment at 314-392-2327 or online@mobap.edu.