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 trends and leadership methods within the health care system, health care coaching, quality measures, population health, health information technology, health economics and finance,  You will also study research methods, current policy issues, and participate in leadership practicum experiences.

Ranked #2 for Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs for Admin & Managment, US News and World Report 2022 Rankings

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.



Fall 2022 Applications
Priority: 12/01/2021
Final: 05/01/2022


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

Programs of Study


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. View Policy.

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]

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
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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.

Students are expected to have completed 30 credits in the NLM Program of Study prior to taking Nurs 6258/6259.

At the conclusion of this MSN program, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership based upon advanced knowledge.
  2. Promote and improve quality in the workplace through quality improvement practices.
  3. Synthesize knowledge of nursing practice, theory and research as a foundation for advanced nursing practice.
  4. Demonstrate continued professional development through ongoing education.
  5. Build an interdisciplinary professional network that includes collaboration and teamwork.
  6. Promote positive changes in health care delivery and nursing practice.
  7. Engage in caring and collaborative relationships with patients/clients for shared decision-making.

The following practicum courses are required

  • Nurs 6258: Practicum I (150 hours in a leadership practicum with a preceptor who has a Master's Degree or higher)
  • Nurs 6259: Practicum II (150 hours in a leadership practicum) – The preceptor and associated site must be different than those chosen for Nurs 6258.

Required Documentation

  • Background check, drug screen, RN license
  • Current CPR certificate, HIPPA and OSHA training
  • Physical examination and 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)
  • An approved contract between GWU and the site at which the leadership practicum takes place

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

3 Great Reasons to Choose GW Nursing

Online Learning
These specialties are delivered in a hybrid format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training.
Flexible Format
Some specialties require you to complete a set number of clinical hours to complete the curriculum.
Exceptional Faculty
Our faculty members are nationally recognized leaders in nursing who actively engage and inspire students to improve global health care for all.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no on-campus requirements for the MSN NLM program.

At this time, the only program available to students needing an F-1 visa (student) is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. International students who have permanent residence or are currently on a visa that allows them to study, in addition to holding a valid U.S. RN license, are eligible for any graduate program.