Wilkes University

Graduate Nursing Programs

Medical tools used in the nursing field.

Online graduate degrees for working nurses

Become a leader in your field. Our online graduate nursing programs offer points of entry for nurses with associate, bachelor's or master's degrees.

Earning an advanced degree in nursing can open doors to new positions, a new specialty, or additional responsibility in your current role. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of advanced practice nurses may increase by 26% from 2018-28, which means more job opportunities in roles such as the nurse practitioner. As you gain more skills to advance your career, you’ll be filling a critical need in healthcare.

At Wilkes, our online nursing programs offer the flexibility you need to continue your education. Our degree pathways expand your professional network while giving you a strong foundation to explore becoming a nurse practitioner or other leadership roles.

Choose from these online M.S.N. programs:

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Our nurse practitioner programs focus on advanced clinical skills, professionalism and evidence-based practice.

Choose from these online doctoral degrees:

There is an immediate, national need for nurses who are ready to advance clinical practice or educate the next generation of nurses. Answer the call. Earn your D.N.P. or Ph.D. in nursing online. 

Do you have a degree in another field but want to become a nurse?

Enroll in our accelerated baccalaureate degree for second-degree students and complete your degree and sit for the NCLEX in just one year.


  • Online M.S.N. programs:  $728 per credit hour
  • Online Ph.D and D.N.P. programs: $1,024 per credit hour

Financial aid and employer tuition deferment options available. 

Fees: Additional fees are required for graduate nursing courses with online testing. Fees are updated annually in the Graduate Nursing Handbook

Wilkes alumni may be eligible for a 20% tuition discount on graduate and doctoral nursing programs. Contact graduate admissions for details: (570) 408-4235.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Authorization requirements for distance education vary by state. Wilkes University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows us to enroll students and engage in all activities covered by SARA in states that are members of SARA. However, Wilkes University is not required to have state authorization in all 50 states and may choose not to enroll students from states where we are not authorized. Programs leading to professional licensure/certifications may have additional authorization requirements that need to be met. Wilkes University's programs are designed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for recommending candidates for licensure/certification. The University continually reviews its programs and state requirements and actively seeks approvals, where needed, in order to deliver its online programs. Any questions related to the University's approval to offer online graduate programs in a specific state should be forwarded to our Graduate Admissions team. Additional information can also be found at www.wilkes.edu/StateAuthorization

Please note: Since distance education requirements vary by state, distance education students who change their residency to a state in which Wilkes University is not approved to operate may be unable to remain enrolled at Wilkes University or may have their academic progression delayed until proper approvals may be obtained.