Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Nursing Leadership and Management

Application to the MSN program

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing programs must have an earned Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a current license as a registered nurse with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is preferred. RNs with a Bachelor's degree in another field may apply and, if accepted, will be required to take a bridge course the summer prior to the start of their studies.

Students may apply for admission if they will receive their Bachelor's degree before the first day of classes at GW. Applicants must complete the required applications before the deadline and notify the Admissions Office of their current student status. Admitted students will be required to submit a final transcript reflecting degree conferral before the first day of classes at GW. Satisfactory completion of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is required in order to continue in the Masters programs. It is recommended that applicants without relevant nursing work experience attend part time while working as a registered nurse.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, though the admission committee reserves the right to interview applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate studies. The GRE is not required for this program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general admission requirements, applicants to Master of Science in Nursing programs must have a BSN from an accredited institution, normally with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a current RN license. Applicants that are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a related field may be admitted with the condition that they complete a Nursing bridge course prior to the start of their academic program.

Depending upon the program chosen, MSN credit requirements vary from 36 to 48 credit hours. All MSN programs require 9 credits of professional core courses (NURS 6202 Concepts in Population Health,NURS 6203 Nursing LeadershipNURS 6205 HealthPolicy,Quality,Political) and 6 credits of research courses (NURS 6270 NURS 6271 ). Field-specific course requirements follow, with credit indicated in parentheses in the case of courses offered for variable credit.

The master of science in nursing in the field of nursing leadership and management degree program is designed to prepare graduates for upper-level positions in the field by enhancing the depth and breadth of the practicing clinical professional’s knowledge and skills. The program focuses on leadership development by training nurses to think and act strategically, participate in policy decisions, and lead organizations through change and improvement.

Students complete the coursework online via distance learning. This distance-based format allows professional nurses to advance their education with access to GW’s resources and expert faculty while continuing to work full-time. In addition, students attend select on-campus experiences to interact with faculty and fellow students. Students may choose to enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits including 9 credits in professional core courses, 6 credits in research courses, and 21 credits in field-specific courses.

Program Requirements

Professional core
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6204Health Information and Technology
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 6258Leadership Capstone Practicum I
NURS 6259Leadership Capstone Practicum II
NURS 6262Leadership Coaching in Nursing
NURS 6274Health Economics and Finance
NURS 6295Health Care Quality Process