Leadership in Nursing - MSN

Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership

Application Deadline Extended

The Wellstar School of Nursing is extending the application deadline. The application will open on January 15, 2023, and close on June 1, 2023. 

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, January 15th, Regular deadline April 28th.
(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 graduatenursing@kennesaw.edu)

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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 (Full-Time Students)

Schedule of Courses (Part-Time Students)

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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