MSN in Nursing Administration

Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership

Get Your Questions Answered at a Virtual MSN Info Session

Wednesday, Mar 17 at 8 a.m. or Thursday, Mar 18 at 8 p.m.

Register by emailing your first and last name and session date to

Get your questions answered about:

  • Curriculum specifics and class delivery for the MSN-Administration and Education track
  • Positives of earning an MSN as a Nursing Professional
  • Benefits of earning your MSN at Kennesaw State University
  • Explanation of Admissions Process and Application Steps

Final deadline to enter Fall 2021 is May 1

MSN-Education and MSN-Administration Applications are being reviewed until the program cap is reached.


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, and 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 practice (submit copy)
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program
  • Undergraduate research course
  • Two professional letters of reference

In Summer 2017, the WellStar School of Nursing eliminated the GRE as an admissions requirement because research has shown that the examination does not accurately predict student success in graduate nursing programs. The years of experience requirement was eliminated or reduced to allow earlier entry into the graduate programs. These changes reduce barriers to entry and, over time, will result in more MSN-prepared graduates in the workplace.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline, December 5th, Regular Deadline May 1st.
(To ensure you are considered for the next entry point, submit your application, application fee and required documentation by the priority deadline. Following the priority date, applications are reviewed until the program cap is reached. To check program availability, email

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

  • NURS 7793: Health Policy Leadership Seminar

    • 4 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 4 Credit Hours
      This seminar provides students with an advanced understanding of the issues in health policy as it relates to nursing leadership. The course addresses theories and models of the health policy process with a focus on integrating healthcare research theory and methods. Students engage in intensive study of trends in health policy, leadership issues related to policy, and the active engagement of the advance practice nurse in forming health policy. Perspectives on agenda setting, media roles, advocacy, policy innovation, diffusion, and implementation are also integrated with examples of specific nursing policy problems.

    NURS 7796: Advanced Nursing Leadership Role

    • 4 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 4 Credit Hours
      This course is designed to provide an introduction and transition to the advanced practice leadership role in nursing administration. The role of the nursing leader as well as the standards and regulations governing advanced practice will be explored. Topics include role theory, change theory, leadership theory, and complexity theory as they apply to advanced practice nursing. Emphasis is on transition to a leadership role and integration of the various advanced practice roles by the nursing administrator with over-sight of care delivery in complex healthcare systems.

    NURS 7745: Theoretical Foundations, Research Applications, and Outcome I

    • 2 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 2 Credit Hours 

      This course extends foundational competencies in research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics. The focus is on examining research designs, methodology, data measurement and analysis, the ethics of research, and outcome evaluation for relevant problems encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Theories from health care, nursing, and related fields will be analyzed and critiqued from the perspective of theory development and utilization during inquiry. Students will analyze relevant scientific studies and begin development of the scientific proposal process in a particular area relevant to advanced nursing practice.

  • NURS 7747: Theoretical Foundations, Research Applications, and Outcome II

    • 3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours 
      This course continues the instruction begun in NURS 7745 with emphasis on data collection, database development, and use of software programs for various research. In addition, the course explores the analyses and interpretation relevant for specific research problems encountered in advanced nursing practice. Students obtain approval for the appropriate Institutional Review Board and implement the scientific proposal developed in NURS 7745. This is the second course required for students completing a master’s thesis project.

    NURS 6150: Analytical Business Applications & Leadership Skills for Advanced Practice Nursing

    • 3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      This course provides the advanced practice nurse with foundational business knowledge, and the analytical and leadership skills needed in the economic environments of health care delivery systems. The focus is on the skills needed to provide leadership in the successful creation, distribution, and management of health care services.

    NURS 8880: Leadership Role in Nursing Administration - Practicum I

    • 1 Class Hours | 6 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      This course consists of an introductory practicum with a preceptor/site identified as being appropriate for the student’s area of interest/track and approved by the faculty. Advanced practice leadership competencies are the focus of the course with students analyzing and evaluating policy, conceptual models, and participating in their implementation in the delivery of client care. The theory component emphasizes case study presentation and critique related to leadership issues in advanced practice nursing.

    Practicum—90 Hours

  • NURS 7780: Seminar in Conflict Management & Ethics of Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing

    • 3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      This course introduces the principles, theories, & skills of conflict management required for advanced practice nurses. In addition, the course engages the student in exploration of the ethical & legal frameworks, theories & applications that relate to leadership, management, & decision-making in health care delivery systems. Case analysis & presentation will emphasize the student’s ability to identify problems & offer collaborative resolution in areas related to patient care, patient safety, & appropriate workplace environments that support quality care.

    NURS 7794: Advanced Leadership and Policy in a Multicultural World

    • 3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      This course develops proactive leadership skills in leading and shaping organizations in a multicultural society. The course examines the impact of family and welfare policy on health status, health care access, and health outcomes. Diversity and cultural competence are studied in relation to the changing global populations.

    NURS 8881: Leadership Role in Nursing Administration - Practicum II

    • 1 Class Hours | 6 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      This course focuses on advanced nursing leadership competencies related to financial management, quality and safety of healthcare delivery systems.

    Practicum—90 Hours

  • NURS 7711: Executive Presence in Nursing 

    • 3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      Students will explore essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to promote influential leadership in a nursing executive role. Strategies to assess and improve nursing executive impact are explored: healthcare business communication, relationship management in the healthcare setting, influencing behaviors, and business etiquette. Students will explore personal attributes necessary to develop and use executive presence as a nursing leader in healthcare settings through review of current nursing literature, case studies, self assessment, and experiences from nursing leadership experience and leadership practicums. Information and discussion on key nursing executive presence components including building trust and credibility as a nursing executive leader will be reviewed.

    NURS 7795: Global Initiatives in Healthcare, Changing World

    • 3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
      This course focuses on global perspectives, intercultural engagement, and global citizenship. The student will recognize and incorporate a worldview of healthcare in advanced practice nursing.

    NURS 8863: Thesis/Research Project

    • 0-3 |  Variable Credit Hours
      This course will allow students to complete their thesis/research project under the supervision of a graduate faculty member. Competencies related to implementation of nursing research and the scientific analytical processes required for completion of a thesis/research project relevant to nursing will be included (take one hour Spring, Summer, and Fall II).

    NURS 8882: Leadership Role in Nursing Administration-Practicum III

    • 1 Class Hours | 9 Laboratory Hours | 4 Credit Hours
      This course provides a synthesis of all elements of advanced health policy and leadership competencies.

    Practicum—135 Hours

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

course details

Contact the Coordinator

Nancy Ballard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Coordinator and Assistant Professor
(470) 578-6993 


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