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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership in Nursing, MSN

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6061

Program Description

The Leadership in Nursing Graduate Program provides an MSN in two tracks - 1) Nursing Education in a Digital World or 2) Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership.  The advanced degree tracks build on the background of experienced registered nurses to prepare them to function in a variety of leadership roles in complex healthcare systems.  

Nursing Education in a Digital world focuses on- The MSN Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World track prepares the professional registered nurse to practice in a variety of leadership positions in the ever-changing world of nursing education whether in health care or academic environments. Grounded in nursing education practice and guided by healthcare and education theory and research, the graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in a nursing education setting. The program emphasizes experiential learning in teaching through three practicum courses along with developing technology proficiencies, such as use of simulation, to maximize educational outcomes for students, patients, or nursing staff.  

Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership develops knowledge and skills in collaborative practice grounded in current evidence in leadership, healthcare economics, and policy development. Housed in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, the Leadership in Nursing MSN programs maintain close community ties with a variety of health care agencies and providers. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Admissions  Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee. 
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. These must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu. 
  • Statement of Personal Goals - This can be uploaded into the online application. It should not exceed one page.  
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia (Education Track) or state in which practice is planned for Nursing Administration Track (submit copy). 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - These can be sent electronically through the online application. 
  • Undergraduate research course. 

International applicants have additional requirements. See Graduate Admissions  section of this catalog.

Admission decisions are based on overall evaluation of all these elements.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

Students classified as non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in the MSN Leadership in Nursing Education program.

Transfer Credit

Up to 15 quarter hours or 9 semester hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. This work must correspond to the MSN curriculum at Kennesaw State University. Decisions regarding potential transfer will be made by the Associate Program Director. The credit to be considered for transfer will not be more than five years old at the time the student enters. 

Petition to Graduate

MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to the semester in which they complete their degree requirements. Petition to graduate forms are available online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .


The baccalaureate degree and master’s degree in nursing at Kennesaw State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

Program of Study

The MSN in Leadership in Nursing program, a 40-semester hour program, prepares graduates for leadership and administrative positions in healthcare and leadership in nursing education. The program is built around required core courses and two major curricular specialty track courses (Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership and Nursing Educational Leadership in a Digital World). These tracks include didactic and practicum courses to emphasize the required content. 

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