A Master of Arts in Nursing is a degree that allows students to specialize in specific areas of nursing, such as neonatal, psychiatric or pediatric care. Specializations for an M.A. in Nursing vary by university, but core content for the programs may include nursing theory, ethics and health care policy.

Prerequisites for this master's-degree program may involve completion of a bachelor's degree from a properly accredited university and possession of a Registered Nurse's license. Coursework involves increased levels of clinical practice in addition to advanced research on new medical practices and treatments. Nurses may also receive the opportunity to study and work outside of the hospital in settings such as home health care and outpatient clinics.