Xavier Makes Leaders

If you are an experienced RN looking to obtain a leadership role and grow in the nursing field, consider earning an advanced degree through Xavier’s online RN to MSN program or the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The two convenient degree options feature elective courses in general studies, forensics, and education.

The RN to MSN program is designed for experienced registered nurses without a bachelor's degree in any field who wish to obtain a high-quality MSN degree and demonstrate leadership potential, motivation, and specific career goals. This program can be completed within two to three years. The eight-week course structure gives busy professionals the flexibility to complete their degree while maintaining family and work obligations.

Designed for registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject and want to move into educational, consultative and managerial roles, Xavier’s MSN program provides top-quality education in a format that works with the schedules of practicing nurses. The 36-credit hour program includes curriculum focused on theoretical and practical knowledge, which serves as the foundation for advanced nursing education in a variety of roles. Students without a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may be required to fulfill undergraduate work before taking core and track courses.

The Preparation You Need to Advance

Designed for those looking to advance their careers and obtain leadership roles within the nursing field, Xavier’s online RN to MSN program and MSN programs prepare registered nurses for educational, consultative and managerial roles by providing top-quality education in a format that works for busy professionals.

Taught by Xavier’s outstanding faculty who are experts in the field, the two-degree pathways equip students with valuable tools that can be immediately implemented in the nursing field to deliver superior patient care. With an MSN degree from Xavier, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Design and establish delivery services in response to current healthcare policy changes
  2. Confidently assume high-level responsibilities with an advanced level of preparation
  3. Manage information and resources in a rapidly changing healthcare environment

Delivered entirely online, the flexible degree programs can be completed within two to three years and offer elective courses in general studies, forensics, and education.

Why Xavier?

As a Catholic institution, Jesuit values lie at the core of our academic programs focused on educating the whole person. We believe that education is about more than earning a degree or completing an assignment. our Jesuit model of learning takes students beyond textbooks to a shared purpose of serving those in need and changing the world.

Xavier University is not just recognized for its commitment to the common good. Our recent accolades include:

  • One of the top 10 Midwest master's-level colleges for 24 straight years, including No. 8 in 2019
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the "Best 380 Colleges in America" 
    - The Princeton Review
  • One of "America's Top Colleges" for 2018
    - Forbes
  • #4 Best Regional Midwest Colleges for Veterans for 2017
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the "Best Business Schools" for 11 straight years
    - The Princeton Review
  • #10 for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the Best Values in Private Colleges for 2017
    - Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • #21 in Graduate Marketing in the nation for 2017
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • #28 in Graduate Accounting in the nation for 2017
    - U.S. News & World Report

The Xavier Commitment

You value your education as an important step to your dreams and goals. In this very difficult economic environment, we know that affordability is of paramount concern to our students and families.

The Xavier Commitment reflects our longstanding mission as a Jesuit university: To offer students and families the best resources to afford the quality Xavier education you want and deserve to prepare for lifelong success.

Xavier's Office of Student Financial Assistance will work one-on-one with you to review financial tools and resources ranging from scholarships, grants and alternative loans to campus employment opportunities and payment plans.

Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid can be a complex but a worthwhile task. The Office of Student Financial Assistance at Xavier is here to help students and families through the financial aid process. Our goal is to provide timely information and quality service while making a Xavier education affordable.

Yellow Ribbon University

Xavier University is a Yellow Ribbon School. If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your tuition is covered at Xavier at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The GI Bill also allows eligible veterans to transfer part or all of their benefits to a dependent family member.

If you qualify for 100% eligibility that means everything not covered by the GI Bill is paid for by Xavier and tuition is covered. To qualify for all of your benefits, you must have an honorable discharge after 36 months of active service. 

A Quality Education

Xavier's MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The MSN program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC).
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC):  One of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, HLC accredits more than 1000 colleges and universities in nineteen states (including Xavier University). Visit the HLC website for information on HLC policies, programs, services, and educational materials.
  • The Ohio Department of Higher Education:  All profit and non-profit private schools of higher education obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education in order to issue degrees, offer for-credit coursework or programming. Certificates of Authorization are granted for specific degrees and courses as well as specific periods of time and are filed with the Office of the Secretary of State of Ohio. Xavier has been authorized since 1925.

  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA):  A national advocate and institutional voice self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA provides a powerful tool to search for accredited institutions and/or programs by state or accrediting body, offers resources on diploma/degree mills, and other resources and publications related to accreditation.

We are proud to announce that Xavier University has been ranked No. 4 among Midwest Regional universities for services to veterans for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

At Xavier, we value the unique experiences gained through military service. Here at the Center for Veterans Affairs, we seek to integrate veterans into the Xavier community by helping with their transition. Our Center strives to provide all of the resources necessary for veterans and their dependents to pursue their educational and personal goals.

The Xavier experience allows veterans and military students to receive a high-quality education, continue their service, and receive any assistance they may need. Our staff helps veterans through every step of the education process all the way to graduation, helps with employment, and stays in touch after they become Xavier alumni.

G.I. Jobs magazine has designated Xavier University a 2015 Military Friendly School for the sixth year in a row.

Xavier has been recognized by Military Advanced Education as a top university for commitment to service members and higher education.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Xavier No. 4 among Midwest Regional universities for services to veterans for 2017.

Xavier also has a partnership with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and the VITAL program.