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.



Fall 2020 Applications
Priority: 10/15/2019
Final: 4/1/2020


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


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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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
  • Personal statement
  • Active and unencumbered nursing licensure


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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.

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].

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

On-campus requirements vary by program and specialty. Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program spend the duration of the program on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

Most graduate programs are delivered in a distance format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training, which typically take place in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC. For example, nurse practitioner students are required to come to campus for Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) when enrolled in NURS 6222 and for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) during their second clinical course. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

All nurse practitioner students are also required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills.

Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only attend the program on a full-time basis due to its accelerated format.

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may only enroll on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in a graduate program have the ability to enroll in most tracks on a part-time basis. To review your program of study options, visit the MSN, DNP or certificate webpage in the specialty area of your choice. PhD applicants should contact the program director directly.

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.