MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management

The MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management program option focuses on leadership development by training you to think and act strategically, participate in policy decisions and guide organizations through change and improvement. Coursework includes several business functions in clinical practice management, including human resources, marketing, finance and economics. You will also study research methods, current issues and trends and leadership methods within the health care system.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse and are interested in advancing your education by learning to think and act strategically, participate in policy discussions and guide organizations through change, you should consider our MSN: Nurse Leadership and Management program.

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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Active and unencumbered nursing licensure



  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.


The MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management program consists of 36 credit hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Kate Malliarakis.


Programs of Study

Nursing Leadership and Management MSN program of study (Fall, part-time)

Nursing Leadership and Management MSN program of study (Fall, full-time)



For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.


Additional Requirements

You will be required to complete a Virtual New Student Orientation, which provides the knowledge and tools needed to be successful at GW Nursing. You will learn about the academic resources available to you, program requirements, course registration, online technology and other expectations and be able to connect with faculty members, advisers and your fellow students.


Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the MSN program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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You must record a minimum of 150 hours of practicum experience with an approved Nursing leader.

The following clinical courses are required

  • Practicum I (75 clinical hours)

  • Practicum II (75* clinical hours) – Nurse Leader and associated site must be different than the first preceptor and site from Practicum I

Required Documentation

  • Current CPR certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria, polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (PPD and/or chest x-ray)

Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.