Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.

The M.S.N. is an innovative and flexible program that prepares the professional nurse for leadership, advanced nursing roles, and doctoral studies (including a cooperative doctorate with The University of Florida). Students pursuing an M.S.N. may select from one of three areas of specialization; Nursing Education, Nurse Executive or Family Nurse Practitioner. The Nurse Executive and Nursing Education tracks, are comprised of 39 semester hours of coursework, and the Family Nurse Practitioner track consists of 45 semester hours of coursework.  The Nurse Executive track prepares students for employment in an administrative/management position in the health care industry. The Nursing Education track prepares students for employment in an academic or community/hospital/agency setting. While the Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares students for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and employment in a variety of health care delivery areas, including physicians’ offices and clinics.


Nurse Executive: Nursing Executive Program of Study 2017

Nursing Education: Nursing Education POS 2017

Family Nurse Practitioner: FNP Program of Study 2017


Applications for Fall 2018 Family Nurse Practitioner are now Open!

Application Opens

August 28, 2017

Application Closes

March 30, 5:00 pm Central Time  


Invitations to interview are extended to those applicants who the MSN-FNP admissions committee feel are most qualified to meet the rigor and requirements of the program and the role of FNP

Notifications to students

May 2018

Family Nurse Practitioner Links

Nurse Executive Links

Nursing Education Links

Department Contacts

Leslie Wyrosdick
Admissions Coordinator 

Phone: (850) 474-3197

Nursing Education and Executive Advisors

If you lastname begins A - M: Danice Boland  

If your lastname begins N-Z: Chris Powell  

 Phone: (850) 473-7764


Family Nurse Practitioner Advisor

Susan Drahos 

Phone: (850) 473-7764

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Admission Requirements

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. 

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental 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 
• 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.
* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.

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The baccalaureate, and master's programs at The University of West Florida is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Application Deadlines

Spring 1 
Course Start Date March 6, 2017
UWF Application Deadline** February 6, 2017
Registration Deadline February 27, 2017
Tuition Deadline March 10, 2017
Drop/Add Period March 10-6, 2017
Summer 1  
Course Start Date May 15, 2017
UWF Application Deadline** April 14, 2017
Registration Deadline May 8, 2017
Tuition Deadline May 19, 2017
Drop/Add Period May 15-19, 2017
 Fall 1 
Course Start Date August 29, 2017
UWF Application Deadline** July 28, 2017
Registration Deadline August 21, 2017
Tuition Deadline September 3, 2017
Drop/Add Period August 29-September 3, 2017
 Fall 2 
Course Start Date October 18, 2017
UWF Application Deadline** September 15, 2017
Registration Deadline October 11, 2017
Tuition Deadline October 24, 2017
Drop/Add Period October 18-24, 2017



*Conditions apply. Please speak to your enrollment specialist today.

**Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.

**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.

***Tuition/fees not paid by the deadline will be charged a $100 fee. Students with an outstanding balance after the Add/Drop period will be purged from their course and will be assessed a $200 fee if reinstated.


Student Perspective

"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

Faculty Perspective

"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



Related Links

‌‌The University of West Florida MSN website and handbook are currently under construction. Please refer to the UWF Graduate Catalog and UWF Academic Calendar during this process. Faculty will post a notice in the course news when construction is complete. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the quality of our department/programs.