Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.)

Dr. Amy Berkley, Program Director
(816) 271-4415

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is comprised of two tracks: Health Care Leadership and Nurse Educator. Each track requires completion of 32 credit hours, 20 of these hours are core shared courses between the two tracks.

The Master of Science degree program in Nursing at Missouri Western State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Graduates will demonstrate leadership abilities in:

  • Promoting professional practice
  • Creating effective work environments
  • Applying health informatics for informed decision-making
  • Leading and developing teams
  • Managing resources effectively
  • Embracing organizational complexity and change
  • Fostering evidenced-based practice
  • Influencing healthcare policy

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and nursing GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • B.S.N. from a CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of current, unencumbered RN license .
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics and research methods courses with a minimum of ‘B’ in each.
  • Completed MSN program application.
  • A supporting statement of interest discussing career goals and interest selected program track. 
  • Criminal background checks may be required. An applicant who has been found guilty of a Class A or B Felony may not be admitted.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Required Courses
NUR 501Foundations for Nursing Leadership3
NUR 504Professional Role Development for Nursing Leaders3
NUR 505Nursing Seminar I1
NUR 507Statistics for Decision Support3
NUR 606Informatics for Decision Support3
NUR 616Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Leadership3
NUR 624Nursing Seminar II1
NUR 650Nurse Leader Internship 13
Nursing Track
Select one of the following:12
Nurse Educator Track
Health Care Leadership Track
Total Credit Hours32

 Clinical hours are a required course component.

Nurse Educator Track

Track Requirements
NUR 502Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion 13
NUR 503Advanced Pathopharmacology 13
NUR 608Curriculum and Program Development3
NUR 610Instructional and Evaluation Strategies3
Total Credit Hours12

 Clinical hours are a required course component.

Health Care Leadership Track

Track Requirements
MGT 603Organizational Theory3
NUR 506Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing3
NUR 607Leadership in Financial Management3
NUR 618Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations3
Total Credit Hours12

 Clinical hours are a required course component.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than one grade of C in all required coursework.
  4. Official approval of required capstone.