Program Deadlines and Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline January 15, 2024
  • Regular Deadline April 28, 2024
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The Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership track within the MSN in Leadership in Nursing prepares nurse leaders for a myriad of healthcare institutions and agencies, especially for healthcare administration and leadership roles that are expanding in scope and intensifying in complexity. The classes are 100% online with flexible practicum experience in healthcare settings and takes only four semesters to complete if you enroll full time. A part-time schedule is also available. The majority of learning uses an asynchronous format with an occasional synchronous session.

The Nursing Administration and Transformational Leadership track prepares nursing graduates for administrative and executive positions in healthcare. The program is grounded in practice and guided by healthcare theory and research. Emphasis is on understanding and developing leadership competencies identified by the American Organization of Nursing Leadership; healthcare finance; understanding data and evidence; change management; creation of  a healthy practice environment; and organizing high quality care delivery systems. The online/web enhanced track focuses on:

  • Healthcare policy theory, issues, finance, and operations
  • Strategic planning 
  • Global initiatives in healthcare
  • Leadership strategies in change management
  • Transformational leadership skills, organization assessment, and human resource management
  • Climate analysis, communication, human resource management
  • Ethical decision making and conflict management

Admission Criteria

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:

  • o   Admission Criteria: First bullet point should read, “Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution.
  • 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. 

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline, January 15th; Regular Deadline April 28th.
To ensure you are considered for the next entry point, submit your application, application fee and required documentation by the priority deadline. Following the priority deadline, applications are reviewed until the program cap is reached. To check program availability, email

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Transfer Credit

Up to 9 semester hours or 15 quarter 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.

Grades and Progression

Students must earn a grade of B (80) or better in each course to progress in the program. See the Graduate Catalog link for Academic Policies for further information about Academic Warning and Academic Exclusion.

Candidacy for Graduation

To graduate a grade of B (80) or better is required in all courses. MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.

Schedule of Courses (Full-Time Students)

Schedule of Courses (Part-Time Students)

Please Note: Program is offered totally online. 



Contact the Coordinator

Nancy Ballard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Coordinator and Associate  Professor
(470) 578-6993


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