Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Elevate Your Nursing Practice by Delivering Holistic Primary Care

Located in Virginia. Serving the World.

Take your nursing career to a higher level with George Mason University’s online MSN-FNP program.* You’ll engage in online classes led by faculty with decades of experience, learning to provide evidence-based primary care while helping improve health outcomes in your community. Plus, prepare to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exams, benefitting from Mason’s track record for preparing graduates to pass nursing certification exams at a higher rate than the national average.**

Mason’s School of Nursing has an international reputation built on 40 years of excellence. That excellence continues today, as Mason recently earned a top 40 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s best nursing school (master’s category) rankings.1 Additional signs of this program’s quality include Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation*** and approval from Virginia’s state boards of nursing and medicine.

Discover the rich online learning experiences available exclusively from Virginia’s largest research university. Plus, capitalize on the proven career and advancement achieved by graduates of Mason’s online programs.

CCNE Accreditation

Top 40 Nursing School Ranking: Master’s1

Top 10 Online Master’s Degrees for ROI2

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Learn to Provide Holistic Care to Patients of All Ages

Mason’s online MSN-FNP program prepares you to gain a practical understanding of your patients’ needs and backgrounds so that you create treatment plans that fit their lives. As Virginia’s largest research university, Mason’s curriculum corresponds with the latest medical science research and enables you to glean treatment approaches from medical journals and reports.

Sample of course topics include:

Nursing Informatics Inquiry

Get introduced to the theoretical and practical components of nursing and health care informatics.

Community-Oriented Primary Care

Learn the theoretical and clinical application of community-oriented primary care concepts, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Health Assessment in Clinical Practice

Explore how advanced health assessments help improve clinical decision-making during the treatment of patients across the lifespan.

Clinical Practicum

Complete 500+ clinical hours to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings.

Rigorous Academic Standards. Flexible Online Format.

At Mason, we design online programs to offer innovative experiences that propel your ambitions. Like our students on campus, you’ll benefit from our commitment to academic rigor and integrity while learning from the same renowned faculty. And the online format means you can seek an impressive graduate degree or certificate without leaving home, while stationed abroad, and even while traveling. Plus, access advising services online to get the guidance you need to graduate.

Meet the Escalating Demand for Family Nurse Practitioners

With a projected 52% rise in employment from 2020 to 2030, the demand for nurse practitioners far exceeds other occupations. At the same time, the median salary for nurse practitioners is $120,680 per year—56% more than typical RN salaries.3,4 Mason’s online MSN-FNP program helps you prepare for these critical roles, making a bigger impact in the nursing field while raising your earning potential.

5 Career Settings for FNP Graduates

  1. Community Health Centers
  2. Primary care practices
  3. Home health organizations
  4. Urgent care centers
  5. Hospitals
  6. Residential treatment centers

Bringing Mason to Learners Worldwide

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 39,000 students from 130 countries and 50 states. With online programs that draw from our spirit as a leader in scholarship and research, Mason prepares graduates to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

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  1. U.S. News & World Report. 2023 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s. Retrieved June 21, 2022, from
  2. OnlineU. Best Online Master’s Programs: Online Master’s Degrees with the Highest Return on Investment. Retrieved June 21, 2022, from
  3. O*NET Online. Nurse Practitioners: 29-1171.00. Retrieved June 21, 2022, from
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered Nurses. Retrieved June 21, 2022, from

*The MSN–FNP online graduate program is approved to confer a degree in most states in the U.S. but is awaiting full approval from select states. Please confirm your state’s approval status.

**Licensing requirements differ by state.

***The master’s degree program in nursing at George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool ( for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.