The Master of Science for the Clinical Nurse Leader, offered through the School of Nursing and ranked fourth by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report, prepares nurses to earn a Master of Science in Nursing and function as an advanced generalist in a variety of settings across the continuum of care. The CNL is a leadership role designed for nurses who want to make a difference in the clinical setting or provide leadership in educating others to gain these skills. The didactic education can be attained exclusively online, and in most cases, the required 420 clinical hours can be arranged in your own community.
The interactive online classroom, led by the excellent faculty from Pitt Nursing, provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debating, critical thinking, research, networking, and community building.
As a Pitt nursing student, you will benefit from the knowledge of nationally and internationally recognized faculty with a wide range of expertise, current knowledge, latest advances in educational technology, university resources, and evidence-based practice.
All applications to the Masters Programs in Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria in order to be considered.
Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.
Please visit the MSN Application/Admission page for a full list of application requirements, including deadlines and clearances.
Admission of International Applicants
Applications from international students are reviewed according to the program admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The online application must be completed in English. See the School of Nursing International Applications page for specific admission requirements for international applicants.
Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates and student fee information can be found at the Tuition and Fees page.
Please visit the MSN CNL Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.