Leadership in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership in Nursing program offers two distinct tracks:

  • Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World 
  • Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership 

Both are advanced degree programs that build on the background of experienced registered nurses to prepare them to function in a variety of leadership roles in the emerging world of collaborative health care and nursing education.

Program Information

  • Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World

    The MSN in Leadership in Nursing program's Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World track prepares the experienced professional registered nurse to practice in a variety of leadership positions in the ever-changing world of nursing education. Grounded in nursing education practice and guided by healthcare theory and research, the graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in a nursing education setting.

    Courses for an MSN degree in Leadership in Nursing Program's Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World track focus on

    • Nursing Education Leadership
    • Ethics
    • Health policy
    • Curriculum design and evaluation
    • Information technology
    • Conflict management
    • Teaching and learning strategies
    • Resource allocation
    • Best practices in nursing education

    Admission Criteria

    Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s Leadership in Nursing Program Master of Science in Nursing are based on overall evaluation of the following components:

    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0
    • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia (submit copy)
    • A formal statement of personal goals for the program
    • Undergraduate research course
    • Two professional letters of reference

    Priority Deadline: March 1 of each year 
    Final Deadline: June 1 of each year 

    apply here

    Transfer Credit

    Up to 9 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. This work must correspond to the MSN curriculum at Kennesaw State University. Decisions regarding potential transfer will be made by the Associate Program Director.

    Grades and Progression

    Students must earn a grade of B (80) or better in each course to progress in the program. See the Graduate Catalog link for Academic Policies for further information about Academic Warning and Academic Exclusion.

    Candidacy for Graduation

    To graduate a grade of B (80) or better is required in all courses. MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.

    Schedule of Courses

    Fall Semester

    NURS 7736 - 3 Hours
    NURS 7745 - 4 Hours
    NURS 7765 - 2 Hours
    Practicum - 45 Hours
    Spring Semester

    NURS 7747 - 3 Hours
    NURS 7751 - 3 Hours
    NURS 8873 - 4 Hours
    Practicum - 135 Hours
    Summer Semester

    NURS 7752 - 3 Hours
    NURS 7753 - 3 Hours
    NURS 8874 - 3 Hours
    Practicum - 90 Hours
    Fall Semester

    NURS 7755 - 2 Hours
    NURS 7754 - 3 Hours
    NURS 8875 - 4 Hours
    NURS 8863 - 3 Hours
    Practicum - 135 Hours

    Please Note: Program is offered as an online hybrid format with many classes meeting only once per month. A part-time study option is also available.

    course details

    Contact an Advisor

    Jane Brannan, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
    Coordinator and Professor
    470-578-6066
    jbrannan@kennesaw.edu 

  • Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership

    The MSN in Leadership in Nursing program's Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership track prepares nurse leaders for a myriad of healthcare institutions and agencies, especially for roles that are expanding in scope and intensifying in complexity related to healthcare administration and nursing leadership. The program is available online and takes only 15 months to complete. The majority of learning uses an asynchronous format with an occasional synchronous session. 

    The Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership track prepares nursing graduates for administrative and executive positions in healthcare. The program is grounded in practice and guided by healthcare theory and research. Emphasis is on understanding leadership competencies; understanding data and evidence; creating a professional practice environment; and organizing care delivery systems. The online/web enhanced track focuses on

    • Healthcare policy theory, issues, finance and operations,
    • Conflict management,
    • Global initiatives in healthcare,
    • Leadership strategies in development and implementation,
    • Transformational leadership skills, organization assessment, business ethics,
    • Climate analysis, communication, cultural competency and information management,
    • Ethical decision making

    Admission Criteria

    Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s Leadership in Nursing Program Master of Science in Nursing are based on overall evaluation of the following components:

    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia (submit copy).
    • A formal statement of personal goals for the program.
    • Undergraduate research course.
    • Two professional letters of reference.

    Priority Deadline: March 1 of each year
    Final Deadline: June 1 of each year

    Apply Here

    Transfer Credit

    Up to 9 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. This work must correspond to the MSN curriculum at Kennesaw State University. Decisions regarding potential transfer will be made by the Associate Program Director.

    Grades and Progression

    Students must earn a grade of B (80) or better in each course to progress in the program. See the Graduate Catalog link for Academic Policies for further information about Academic Warning and Academic Exclusion.

    Candidacy for Graduation

    To graduate a grade of B (80) or better is required in all courses. MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.

    Schedule of Courses

    Fall Semester

    NURS 7793 - 4 Hours
    NURS 7796 - 4 Hours
    NURS 7745 - 4 Hours
    Spring Semester

    NURS 7747 - 3 Hours
    NURS 6150 - 3 Hours
    NURS 8880 - 3 Hours
    Practicum - 90 Hours
    Summer Semester

    NURS 7780 - 3 Hours
    NURS 7794 - 3 Hours
    NURS 8881 - 3 Hours
    Practicum - 90 Hours
    Fall Semester

    NURS 7795 - 3 Hours
    NURS 8863 - 0-3 Variable Hours
    NURS 8882 - 4 Hours
    Practicum - 135 Hours

    Please Note: Program is offered totally online. A part-time study option is also available.

    course details

    Contact an Advisor

    Nancy Ballard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
    Coordinator and Assistant Professor
    470-578-6993
    nballard@kennesaw.edu

    Accolades

    2018 U.S. News and World Report
    Top 100 in Best Online Master’s Nursing Programs

     
    • Best Colleges

      Best online master's in Nursing Administration

    • Value Colleges

      Top 50 best Value online MSN

    • Top Masters in Healthcare

      50 best graduate nursing schools in America

     

 

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