The M.S.N. is an innovative and flexible online program that prepares the professional nurse for leadership, advanced nursing roles, and doctoral studies (including a cooperative doctorate with The University of Florida). The M.S.N. consists of 39 semester hours 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 Nursing Leadership & Management prepares students for employment in an administrative/management position in the health care industry.
Nursing Leadership & Management
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
• An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an NLN 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.
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE or MAT
• Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better
• Submission of letter of intent addressing how an MSN will help you attain your professional and personal goals
• Three professional/academic recommendation letters
• Possess a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States
• Submission of current curriculum vita (CV) / resume
• Approval by the Nursing Department Graduate Admissions Committee
• 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.
• 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.
Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.
"The MSN program offered through UWF is exceptional. The program has provided me an opportunity to advance my career as a nurse administrator in an online and flexible format. The curriculum is professionally aligned and competency based, and the learning and teaching process is collaborative and dynamic. In addition to learning new knowledge and skills, I am able to effectively build on my past experiences, both personally and professionally. The faculty are experts in their field. Their personal and professional commitment to my success was evident from the beginning, and has been ongoing throughout the program. I am currently completing my practicum requirements in Canada, and it is through their support and dedication that I am able to embrace this opportunity. By facilitating this learning experience, and through my active engagement, I feel that I will have a competitive edge in nursing leadership, and ultimately affect greater change." — Karen R. Cains Prestarri, MSN Student, Leadership & Management Track
"One of the key strengths in our graduate program has been the deliberate effort and energy that has been expended to strengthen and enhance this program to be able to develop a future graduate nursing workforce that will be able to address the demands and realities of the ever changing complex and sophisticated health care environment. Great care is being taken by Dr. Angela Blackburn and the other faculty to ensure the graduates of this program will be able to ensure safety and quality in diverse settings to improve patient outcomes for individuals, populations and organizations by incorporating recommendations from authorities such as Institute of Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League of Nursing and American Organization of Nurse Executives." — Tina Majors DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC, CDE, Assistant Professor