About Marquette University

Based in Wisconsin, Marquette University opened in 1881 as a small liberal arts college under the auspices of Most Reverend John Martin Henni, the first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Today, there are 11 colleges and schools on our Milwaukee campus, with each one providing transformative learning experiences framed within the context of Catholic, Jesuit values.

Serving as an extension of our College of Nursing, Marquette operates a satellite location in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, near Kenosha. This location serves as the home base for the Direct Entry MSN and Extended Option DEMSN students enrolled in the program's hybrid online option. For students who opt for a predominately in-person learning experience, classes are held on the main campus in Milwaukee.

For information about other nursing programs offered at Marquette — including BSN, other MSN programs, and PhD/DNP programs, click here.

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Marquette College of Nursing

Established in 1936, our College of Nursing makes it possible for you to drive positive change for others, our communities and our health care industry. With more than 8,000 nursing alumni, we’ve graduated some of the most sought-after nurses in the healthcare industry—and we want you to join our ranks. In fact, we’re a top choice among nursing students for reasons that include:

  • A long history of excellence in nursing education
  • Expert, nationally recognized nursing faculty
  • Small student-to-faculty ratios and close-knit cohorts
  • Innovative teaching strategies using advanced technology
  • Robust clinical learning experiences

Through our College of Nursing, we offer a wide variety of nursing degree programs that bring together knowledge, faith, and understanding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I enroll in the Pleasant Prairie location, will I have access to the resources available on the main Milwaukee campus?

You have access to many of the resources available to students on the main Milwaukee campus, such as the library and career services. The Pleasant Prairie location has its own simulation center and classrooms.

What is the NCLEX?

The NCLEX is the licensure exam that students must pass in order to become a registered nurse. NCLEX pass rates indicate the percentage of students in specific programs that pass the licensure exam. In 2021, Marquette University’s MSN programs had a combined overall NCLEX-RN pass rate of 93% for first-time test takers.

How much does the program cost, and is financial aid available?

Our Direct Entry MSN program operates on a cohort model, and with that comes a cohort-based tuition. Direct Entry MSN students are expected to complete the program in the designated 5-semester sequence, and Extended Option program students can complete their nursing education in 8 semesters. Our students are offered a flat program fee, a portion of which is due at the beginning of each of the 5 semesters. This tuition does not include costs associated with housing, transportation, supplies, or other requirements. Reach out to your Direct Entry MSN Graduate Program Advisor for more details.

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Contact us to learn more about our nursing programs.