GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #26 out of more than 144 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

MSN Program - Online

For professionals holding a Bachelor’s degree who wish to further expand their skills within the field of nursing, the GW School of Nursing offers the following specialties within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Care Quality - discontinued
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Nurse-Midwifery*
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

While distinct in their ultimate objectives, each specialty focuses on interdisciplinary teamwork and effective communication across health settings and systems of care system in which they work.

US News & World Report ranked this GW online MSN program 26th out of 144 programs nationwide. Delivering high quality education is a core part of our mission and this national acknowledgement illustrates GW’s commitment to meeting the demand for flexible educational opportunities for nurses to advance their careers through creative online learning.  


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

* Note: The field of study in Nurse-Midwifery is a collaborative option between George Washington University School of Nursing and Shenandoah University.



MSN Bridge Option

If you are a nurse with an ADN and you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, either a BA or BS, this may be the pathway for you.  This option allows you to go straight into a master’s program via a “bridge mechanism” by taking a Bridge Course the summer before starting the MSN program. Please apply directly to the MSN program of your choice.

There are myriad MSN fields of study offered.  Does one of these fit with your ambitions? Below are the application deadlines for matriculation in the Fall 2015 entry to the program, which includes an online Bridge course (NURS 3110, Transition: Nursing Profession) in summer of 2015. 

  • AGPNCP - March 31
  • FNP - February 15
  • Health Care Quality - April 1
  • Nursing Leadership Management - April 1
  • Nurse Midwifery - April 1


Students offer advice to applicants in US News story

US News is widely considered a premier resource for students interested in higher education, whether it’s college or graduate work. A recent US News story, “Get Accepted Into a Top Online Graduate Nursing Program,” features GW SON MSN student Patsy Deyo, who offers advice for others applying to graduate programs.

Contact Information for RN-MSN

The School of Nursing
The George Washington University
1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (571) 553-0138
Fax: (202) 994-2777