Nursing, M.S.N.

Degree:Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Specializations:Nurse Executive
Nursing Education
Department:School of Nursing
Building 37
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.3801
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 39

This innovative and flexible online program prepares the professional nurse for leadership, advanced nursing roles, and doctoral studies. The M.S.N. consists of 39 semester hours (sh) of coursework. Students may select from the two areas of specialization. Nursing Education prepares students for employment in an academic or community/hospital/agency setting, while Nurse Executive prepares students for employment in an administrative/management and leadership positions in the health care industry.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant: 

  • An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an NLNAC, ACEN, or CCNE accredited nursing program with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework on the BSN.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study. 
  • Possess a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States.
  • Express Admission Students are required to become licensed as a registered nurse to practice in a state or territory of the United States by the end of the first semester of enrollment to progress in the program.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • Approval by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission to this program is competitive and selective. 

If an applicant is unable to meet the above criteria, they may petition the Nursing Department Graduate Admissions Committee and request a special review.   

Please note that upon admission the M.S.N. student will receive information concerning current UWF Nursing Department requirements for enrollment. These include, but are not limited to:  physical examination and immunizations; Level 2 criminal background check; drug screen; VECHS fingerprinting; AHA BCLS certification; proof of professional liability insurance; and proof of personal health insurance.

Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn a M.S.N. must successfully complete both the core courses and the specialty courses. 

M.S.N. Core (14 sh)

NGR 6111Foundations of Nursing Science3
NGR 6638Population Health Promotion and Management3
NGR 6803Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NGR 6893Health Systems Leadership and Policy Strategies3
NGR 6835Project Evaluation and Dissemination2
Total Hours14