The Master of Science degree in nursing enlarges the focus of nursing, using as its foundation the basic baccalaureate nursing program. The program’s goals are directed toward educating the nurse leader. Leadership specializations include organizational leadership, public health nursing, clinical research management, and nursing informatics.
The KU School of Nursing's baccalaureate, master's, and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. This organization is a nationally recognized professional accrediting body for collegiate nursing programs. The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs also are approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The Nurse Midwifery Program is accredited by the Accreditation Division of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 728-9860.
Applications to the Master of Science in Nursing program are accepted twice a year. April 1st and September 1st are the respective deadlines for fall and spring semesters. Prospective students can apply using the KU Medical Center online application.
Application eligibility requirements include the following:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE)
- Current registered nurse licensure in at least one state in the United States
- Minimum of one year of clinical work experience as a registered nurse
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Completion of a graduate-level statistics course either prior to admission or during first semester of graduate study
- Satisfactory criminal background check
- For international applicants whose native language is not English, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or the International English Language Testing System taken within the last 2 years is required. Visit KUMC Graduate Studies for more information.
MS Degree Requirements
The Master of Science degree in nursing requires completion of an approved curriculum with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above, a written thesis or project, and a comprehensive oral examination. The program’s goals are directed toward educating the nurse leader. Leadership specializations include:
- The organizational leadership (OL) specialization prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in hospitals and other health agencies.
- The public health (PH) specialization prepares nurses to develop advanced community-based interventions and determine outcomes with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention strategies for a targeted population.
- The clinical research management (CRM) specialization prepares the nurse to plan and implement clinical research trials.
- The nursing informatics (NI) specialization prepares the nurse with skills in analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems that support a full range of clinical and patient care functions.
Students may combine the Master of Science in Nursing (specialization in organizational leadership) with the Master of Health Services Administration. By combining some course work, the two degrees may be completed in fewer hours than if pursued independently.
The leadership major presents a theoretical base specific to each specialization. Specialization courses are accompanied by practical experience that allows students to apply theory in a health care setting.
The MS in Nursing curriculum includes four core components: common, leadership, research and specialty. Organizational Leadership and Nursing Informatics specializations each require 37 credit hours. Public Health requires 39 credit hours. Clinical Research Management (CRM) requires 41 credit hours.
Courses in the leadership core provide the theoretical basis for the specializations in organizational leadership, public health nursing, and nursing informatics. Courses in this category are NRSG 808, NRSG 820, NRSG 826, NRSG 880, and NRSG 885. CRM requires NRSG 820, NRSG 826, and NRSG 880 from the leadership core and NRSG 731, NRSG 813, NRSG 806, and NRSG 812 from the advanced practice core (see DNP section).
Nursing research courses focus on enhancing the nurse's ability to use research and participate in the development of new knowledge in nursing and health care. Courses in this category are NRSG 754 and NRSG 898 (project) or NRSG 899 (thesis).
Courses in this category provide curriculum essential to nursing practice at the graduate degree level within each of the specialty areas. The core courses by specialty are:
|NRSG 881||Applied Budgeting and Finance||3|
|NRSG 882||Introduction to Operations||3|
|or NRSG 883||Complexity Science Approaches to Improve Organizational Effectiveness|
|NRSG 886||Organizational Leadership Practicum||3|
|NRSG 891||Human Resources and Workforce Development||3|
|HP&M 822||Health Care Economics||3|
Public Health Nursing:
|NRSG 809||Health Promotion and Complementary Therapeutics||3|
|NRSG 827||Advanced Concepts Public Health Nursing||2|
|NRSG 828||Public Health Nursing: Practicum I||3|
|NRSG 829||Public Health Practicum||3|
|PRVM 800||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|PRVM 830||Environmental Health||3|
Clinical Research Management:
|NRSG 823||Research Clinical Trial Management: Pre-Study Activities||3|
|NRSG 824||Research Clinical Trial Management: During Study Activities||3|
|NRSG 825||Research Clinical Trial Management: Post-Study Activities and Practicum Experience||3|
|NRSG 833||Managing Clinical Research Projects||3|
|Advanced Practice Core:|
|NRSG 731||Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Advanced Practice Nursing||1|
|NRSG 806||Advanced Physiology||4|
|NRSG 812||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NRSG 813||Applied Drug Therapy||3|
|NRSG 853||Abstraction and Modeling of Healthcare Information||3|
|NRSG 854||Knowledge Management in Healthcare||3|
|NRSG 856||Health Informatics Practicum||3|
|NRSG 857||Transforming Health Care through Use of Information Systems and Technology||3|
|NRSG 858||Health Data: Theory and Practice||3-4|
The student may choose to complete a thesis for six credit hours (NRSG 899) or to complete a project for two credit hours (NRSG 898). The project involves applying aspects of the research process to the student’s area of nursing practice. A number of options are available for the project. Both thesis and project involve completion of a formal paper. The area of study from either thesis or project comprises a part of the comprehensive oral examination, which takes place at the end of the MS program.
The majority of students in the MS program are part-time students and many students are employed. To accommodate student need and preference, courses are offered online. Online classes typically include both asynchronous and synchronous learning activities.