Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership

The Wellstar School of Nursing offers two leadership-focused Master of Science in Nursing tracks: one in Administration and one in Education. Both offer a convenient four-semester full-time format, as well as longer part-time schedules, to allow you to balance your work, school, and personal life. The MSN-Administration program is 100% online, while the MSN-Education program has online courses and hybrid classes which meet on campus only once a month.  

With these Master’s programs, you will earn the essential credentials needed for you to practice in all healthcare settings with the most significant employment potential.

Both graduate programs maintain close community ties with various first-class healthcare agencies. Both options heavily emphasize necessary practicum experiences—allowing you to gain valuable real-world training and skills for leadership positions across the industry. 

The MSN – Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership track will prepare you for success as a healthcare leader at all levels, including executive positions. This program is grounded in practice and guided by healthcare theory and research. You will fully understand and develop leadership competencies identified by the American Organization of Nursing Leaders: healthcare finance; utilization of data and evidence; change management; creation of a healthy work environment for high quality care delivery systems.

The MSN – Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World track will prepare you to lead in the ever-changing world of nursing education. Grounded in best practices and guided by healthcare theory and research, you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to provide direction and motivation as a nurse educator in the academic or clinical setting. 

Post-Graduate Certificate for Nurse Educators - For those who already have an advanced degree in nursing and are interested in teaching, KSU now offers a Post-Graduate Certificate for Nurse Educators. This certificate is designed to cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary for individuals seeking to excel as nurse educators. With a focus on cultivating teaching, utilizing the latest technologies, and staying ahead of current healthcare and education trends, you will be prepared to make a lasting impact on nursing education. 

The MSN learning environment at KSU is welcoming and flexible, with small classes which promote collaboration between your peers and professors. Each option includes clinical or practicum requirements, putting your skills to work and expanding your professional network. These courses are taught by expert doctoral faculty who are experienced educators with relevant real-world experience, including senior leadership roles.


KSU Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership student in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Administration Track Format: Online

Education Track Format: Hybrid (Online and Face-to-Face Once a Month On Campus)

Number of Credit Hours: 40 Total Hours

Entry Term: Fall

Time to Complete:  4 Semesters

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority: January 15th
  • Final: April 28th
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Admissions Requirements

Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s Leadership in Nursing Program Master of Science in Nursing are based on overall evaluation of the following components:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of practice (submit copy)
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program
  • Undergraduate research course
  • Two professional letters of reference

No GRE is required

Nursing Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Well-Respected in the Marketplace - KSU nursing graduates have been sought after by Georgia’s top-tier healthcare employers for decades. In 2024, the MSN-Leadership – Administration track was named as one of the best online MSN programs in the US by the U.S. News and World Report.  

  • Affordability - KSU offers programs at a far lower cost than private universities and for-profit programs.

  • Valuable Hands-on Components – The Education track includes simulation labs and innovative activities that mimic practice, hone patient interaction skills and perfect the use of relevant technology. The Administration track consists of 300+ hours of practicum experience with a nursing leader established sites in Georgia or in your home state.

  • Tuition Reimbursement - Many local healthcare employers offer tuition reimbursement for graduate study. Check with your employer’s human resources personnel to find out if you qualify. The MSN-Education track takes part in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), which provides loans that can be partially canceled by service as an educator in an academic or clinical setting. 

What can you do with an Advanced Practice RN degree?

Take Advantage of Job Growth and Enhanced Earning Potential 

The need for nurse educators and administrators is of critical concern in the healthcare field. From 2020 to 2030, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 24 percent growth rate in Georgia for nurse educators and medical and health services managers. With a highly-regarded KSU MSN, you’ll have the credentials needed to advance your career.

  • Advanced Nurse
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Executive
  • Nurse Trainer
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Research Nurse
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Health Informatics Nurse

Leadership in Nursing Salary and Career Information

Wellstar School of Nursing

Kennesaw State University
Wellstar School of Nursing
520 Parliament Garden Way NW., MD# 4102
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Phone: (470) 578-4377

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