Licensed Nursing Education

Master of Science in Nursing

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and South Dakota State University

WHAT: The Master of Science in Nursing
online program is designed to build on a licensed bachelor's prepared registered nurse's past education and experience. South Dakota State University (SDSU) is located in Brookings, SD. The following specialties are available at the Master's Level: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator and Clinical Nurse Leader.

AVAILABLE AREA: All states served by The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.


  • Offered on a part-time schedule
  • Allows staff to work, earn and learn
  • Scheduled to facilitate study for employees with work and family responsibilities
  • Nursing and support courses offered online
  • Prepares RNs for advanced practice nursing administration, clinical practice or nursing education and leadership roles
  • No wait list once admitted to the nursing program while current funding exists
  • Credit successfully earned from the SDSU BSN Upward Mobility program has been articulated for transfer
ACCREDITATION: The SDSU College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

REQUIRED COURSES and APPLICATION INFORMATION: Click here for more information.

COST ESTIMATES: Tuition and fees are approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents effective each May. It is important to discuss an estimated cost with the advisor.

TIME TO EARN DEGREE: The program is delivered to allow completion of the degree in four years with a student taking one course a semester.

SCHOLARSHIP/LOANS: Employees are invited to visit with their Center Administrator about financial assistance that may be available through local resources. Some states may offer scholarship/grant or loan assistance through the state Board of Nursing or another state government agency. Please inquire about SDSU nursing scholarships with your advisor.

ADVISING: Contact Anna Atteberry, or 605.782.3086. Please identify that you are a Good Samaritan Society employee, your Center number and location.