Master of Science in Nursing Concentration Nursing Leadership
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) with a concentration in Nursing Leadership is designed for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who wish to expand their careers into leadership. All courses are offered in hybrid format, combining online with traditional on-campus classroom experiences. The program prepares nurses with a strong theoretical foundation in research, nursing and related theories, healthcare policy, ethics, cultural competency, and informatics/technology as well as practice expertise as a nurse leader.
The master’s degree in nursing at Framingham State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),(http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
This program consists of ten (10) course-credits or 40 semester hours. Students take a Common Core of six (6) courses, and then select a four (4) course concentration in either Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership. A thesis, an evidence-based research project/paper, will be completed as part of the requirements for the Common Core courses.
Program Common Core (6)
- NURC 905 Health and Education Resources and Policies
- NURC 915 Advanced Technology and Nursing Informatics
- NURC 925 Ethical, Social and Cultural Competencies
- NURC 935 Essential Preparation for Advanced Nursing Role
- NURC 971 Nursing Theory and Research I
- NURC 972 Nursing Theory and Research II
Nursing Leadership Concentration (4)
- NURL 943 Strategic Planning for Nursing’s Future
- NURL 953 Role in Health Care Systems
- NURL 983 Practicum in Organizational Management
- NURL 993 Internship in Independent Leadership Skills
Note: Applications are accepted only for enrollment in the fall semester every year. The following admission and degree requirements will be effective for Fall 2013 MSN students.
- Applicants must complete the online graduate admission application.
- Applicants must submit the $50.00 application fee.
- Applicants must have a current unrestricted Massachusetts RN license.
- Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited college or university which is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and/or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA); and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.
- Applicants are required to possess an overall undergraduate quality point average (QPA) or at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum of a 3.25 QPA in undergraduate nursing courses.
- Applicants who do not meet the above criteria for undergraduate QPA may be asked to take the Miller Analogies Test.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate, introductory course in statistics with a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
- Applicants must have a personal interview with the Nursing Chairperson or Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from nurses with an MSN who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a master’s program, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
- Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities and career plans.
Courses before Admission and Transfer Credit
No MSN course may be taken prior to matriculating into the MSN program.
Transfer coursework is not accepted for the MSN program.
Effective as of the 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog