Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Science in Nursing

Are there additional forms or information I will need to provide for admission to the Graduate Nursing Program?

Yes, additional forms must be completed. The forms can be found on the Graduate Nursing Program Website.


How long does it take to complete the graduate degree?

The length of time required to complete the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree depends on whether a student is full time or part time and how the student performs in courses. A full time student taking the recommended degree program course load can complete the MSN degree in approximately 4 or 5 semesters. Each concentration varies with regards to the number of practicum hours required for completion of the program.


Are assistantships and/or financial aid available for students working on a degree in this area?

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program has traineeship funds available to those who qualify through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Other graduate assistantships and aid may be available.Contact the graduate nursing office to learn what is available.


How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.


What is the amount of a graduate assistantship?

Assistantships for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistantsbegin at $9,000 for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an assistantship for fall and spring semester including a tuition waiver is just over $13,000.


What is required of a student receiving a graduate assistantship?

Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, (i.e., TA, or RA), a student receives. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 6 hours per fall and spring semester. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for 3 graduate credit hours of course work.


What are the employment opportunities for a person with a graduate degree in this area?

  • Students completing the MSN degree as Nurse Educators are prepared for positions in: Schools of nursing, Staff development and education departments, Continuing education departments, and Health departments.
  • Students completing the MSN degree as Nurse Practitioners are prepared for positions in: Community clinics, Hospitals, Physician's offices, Health departments/public health units, Mental health facilities, Occupational health, and Military service.
  • Students completing the MSN degree as Nursing Leadership and Administration in Healthcare are prepared for positions in: Hospitals, Clinics, and Health care agencies.


What salary range can be expected with this graduate degree?

Starting salaries vary widely by experience, practice setting, region and state. Approximate salary ranges include the following, but are frequently changing:

  • Nurse Educators.....................................................$92,000 - $121,000
  • Nurse Administrators or Executives........................Highly Variable
  • Nurse Practitioners.................................................$68,000- $104,000; Median - $74,000 - $90,000 (varies by region)