Benedictine University

Benedictine University seeks to provide quality liberal arts and professional education to a diverse body of students in their Roman Catholic tradition.  Founded in the Benedictine heritage in 1887, the university was originally founded to educate Eastern European students mostly of Czech descent.  Over 65 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the university’s five schools.  Benedictine University is part of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online master’s degree program
  • Campus-based RN to BSN completion program
  • Nursing-specific scholarships are available

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

The MSN program at Benedictine University is among the top ten in the nation according to some ranking organizations.

Online Master’s Degree in Nursing

The online MSN degree program at Benedictine University seeks to train effective nurse leaders, educators and administrators.  The program allows for some customization as students design their area of focus in their last 12 credits (4 courses) of their 36 credit program.  Six areas of focus for the degree are available including:

  • Public Health
  • Health Education
  • Administration
  • Leadership, Management & Finance
  • Disaster Management
  • Health Policy

Students also have the option of creating their own customized area of focus.  Core courses for all specializations are:

  • Transforming Nursing Roles: The Educator, Administrator and the Socially Sculptured Professional Nurse
  • Global Leadership: Foundations of Nursing and Health Care
  • Ethical and Culturally Competent Health Care Professional
  • Health Care Information Systems and Technology
  • The Teacher, Scholar, Administrator, Visionary Leader
  • Measuring Quality in Health and Education Systems
  • Management, Human Resources and Financial Planning in Health and Education Systems

The course uses the Angel online learning platform, which allows students to interact with students and faculty through discussion, obtain course assignments and ask questions of peers and faculty.  Six academic sessions are offered per year so that students may quickly accelerate through their coursework.  Most students take one course each session, for a total of six per year, though more courses may be taken dependent upon individual preferences.

Duration and Cost

The program can be completed in 16 to 14 months depending on the student’s course schedule and preferences, and requires 36 credits.  Tuition is $510 to $750 per credit hour.


At Benedictine University no courses are taught by graduate assistants.  Faculty for the MSN program are credentialed and come from various areas of the nation.

Things to consider:

  • MSN Program has received initial accreditation only.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • A 125 hour clinical capstone experience is required.
  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing  to be considered for the program.


Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Nursing program has received initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532