Bring Your Vision to Life

You’re committed to caring for others, contributing to your team and bringing your ideas to the table. This is your next step.

A Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) in Executive Nurse Leadership will give you an edge in your career. Learn how to effectively guide a health care team to new heights with this traditional track. In addition to 15 semester hours of online core foundational nursing courses, you’ll take 21 semester hours of online health systems leadership courses, including three semester hours of a mentored practicum leadership experience.

Invest in high quality education now for a lifetime of results. Pursue your M.S.N. with this traditional track at NSU, and become a force of nature.

Why Earn a Nursing Degree at NSU?

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This degree program is 36 total credits to complete.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for fall admission is August 1 and December 9 for winter admission.

Delivery Options

Coursework is available online, keeping your busy schedule in mind.

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M.S.N. in Executive Nurse Leadership Curriculum

Semester I
NSG 5000
Advanced Nurse Roles (NSG 5000 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 5101
Theory and Research (NSG 5101 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology (NSG 5531 / Credits: 3 )
*NSG 5340
Nursing Leadership Roles in Complex Health Systems (*NSG 5340 / Credits: 3 )
Semester II
NSG 5111
Evidence and Practice (NSG 5111 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology (NSG 5510 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment (NSG 5502 / Credits: 3 )
*NSG 5440
Quality Management in Complex Health Systems (*NSG 5440 / Credits: 3 )
Semester III
NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NSG 5220 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 5130
Healthcare Policy and Leadership (NSG 5130 / Credits: 3 )
*NSG 5250
Fiscal Management in Complex Health Systems (*NSG 5250 / Credits: 3 )
Semester IV
**NSG 5492
Executive Nurse Leadership Capstone (**NSG 5492 / Credits: 3 )
Students entering the program without a B.S.N (Bridge)
NSG 5000B
Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (NSG 5000B / Credits: 6 )
*Requires 85 Practicum Hours

**Requires 250 Practicum Hours

For those with a B.S. or B.A. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

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Ready for the Next Step?

Here's how to apply. Nursing students must submit the NursingCAS application.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS.

NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs at participating schools. It is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round.

Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.

Submit Transcripts to NursingCAS

Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, Massachusetts 02471

International Applicants Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

Complete the Supplemental NSU Application

Once the NursingCAS application is completed, you should complete the supplemental NSU Application online.

Once all applications and documents have been received, the application will be processed and reviewed.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Nova Southeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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