Master of Science in Nursing

Thank you for your interest in the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing at William Carey University. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was developed on the faculty’s belief that graduate education advances professional nursing practice and healthcare delivery by building on the existing foundation of baccalaureate nursing education. The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses for entry-level education positions in either academic or healthcare institutional settings.

The degree is offered on both the Hattiesburg and Tradition Campuses. Students are accepted for admission in the Fall and Spring terms. Hattiesburg classes are held in the Fail-Asbury Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Tradition classes are held at the Tradition campus located on Highway 67 in Harrison County.

The MSN program offered at William Carey University fits the lifestyle of busy nurses. Graduate study may be done on either a full-time or part-time basis. A schedule can be tailored to meet both the curriculum and the student’s needs. The minimum course load for full-time status as a graduate student is six semester hours during a trimester. A student must complete all required work within a period of six years after enrolling in the graduate program.

The Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing also offers six post-master’s specialty areas. Each specialty will be offered based on student demand. See the graduate catalog for courses required for each specialty area. For more information regarding specialty areas currently being offered, please contact your campus of choice.

Hattiesburg Campus – 601-318-6478

Tradition Campus – 228-702-1825


Specialty areas include:

  • Nursing Education - Developed for the MSN-prepared nurse who wishes to pursue further education in the role of the nurse in an academic setting.
  • Case Management - Prepares the graduate to function in the expanded role of a case manager and utilize expertise in the concepts of cost containment and resource allocation.
  • Gerontological Nursing – Developed for MSN-prepared nurses who wish to meet the growing needs of an aging population.
  • Healthcare Simulation Education - Developed for individuals with a master’s degree in a health related field to teach healthcare simulation or run a simulation lab.
  • Nursing Administration – Developed to prepare nurses to serve in a variety of leadership and management roles within healthcare.
  • Population-focused nursing –Graduates will apply epidemiological and health promotion concepts to identify health needs of individuals and vulnerable populations. The graduate will also develop program level interventions to address the care of individuals and vulnerable populations in rural and underserved areas as well as other at risk groups in a variety of practice settings.

MSN Class Schedule


Summer - All Campuses

  • May 30 and 31st
  • June 27 and 28
  • July 25 and 26

Fall - Hattiesburg and Tradition

  • September 5 and 6
  • October 3 and 4
  • October 31 and November 1

Fall - Louisiana

  • August 23
  • September 20
  • October 18

Winter - All Campuses

  • November 14 and 15
  • December 12 and 13
  • January 23 and 24

Spring - All Campuses

  • February 20 and 21
  • March 20 and 21
  • April 17 and 18

Summer - All Campuses

  • June12 and 13
  • July 10 and 11
  • July 24 and 25