Master of Science in Nursing Education

Format: Online

Nurse educators play a crucial role in helping nurses gain the expertise needed to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare system.  Their presence also ensures that our nation's nursing schools are always at maximum student capacity. According to AACN’s Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions for Academic Year 2013-2014, nearly two-thirds of schools reported a shortage of full-time faculty members. Additionally, hospital and medical centers have identified a need for more nurse educators to enhance the level of instruction to nursing students, new nurses, and ongoing needs for professional staff development.

The MS in Nursing Education online degree helps address these challenges by increasing the number of nurse educators and ultimately paving the way for an adequate supply of nurses to ensure that patients have access to affordable, high quality healthcare.

The program prepares nurses to develop curricula focused on our changing healthcare systems, adapt and teach education strategies for diverse learners, develop clinical and classroom evaluation strategies, and adopt effective evidence-based practices in academic as well as clinical healthcare settings.

Career Scope and Academic Prospects

The health care field presents unprecedented career opportunities for master’s prepared nurses as a direct result of the expansion of integrated healthcare systems, growth of the elderly population, advances in technology, challenges related to health insurance, and a focus on health disparities and underserved populations.

As of 2015, only 13% of RNs in New York State have a master’s degree, yet 40% of New York City hospitals reported a strong demand for MS prepared nurses. Additionally, Nursejournal.org projects a 26% job growth for nurse educators with master’s degrees.

Graduates of the MS in Nursing Education degree are qualified to serve as educators in numerous institutions ranging from community colleges to major universities, as well as in academic health centers and community-based health facilities. Graduates of the program can also pursue doctoral education in Nursing Education, Nursing Science, and Nursing Research.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the NYS Education Department.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide three letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

To qualify for admission to the MS in Nursing Education program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, with an accredited nursing program, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Hold an unencumbered nursing license and a current registration​
  • Completed an undergraduate Health Assessment course and an undergraduate pathophysiology course

The online application requires students to:

  • Demonstrate the potential to successfully pursue graduate study through an admission essay highlighting education and career achievement. The essay should include specific examples of problem-solving while working in the practice setting, leadership experience at the bedside or in other settings, and professional and community awards
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from each a faculty member, nurse leader/immediate supervisor, and community leader
  • Submit a description of an evidence-based practice project completed in nursing school or in the practice setting
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a copy of your New York State Licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Submit a copy of your Registered Nursing License

Potential students may view the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook (PDF) here.

Transfer Credits

Consistent with CUNY SPS policy, MS in Nursing programs will accept up to 12 credits of master’s in nursing graduate credits for transfer. Transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine applicability to the MS in Nursing programs at CUNY SPS. There is no statute of limitation for transfer credits.

View the full list of the online nursing degrees offered at CUNY SPS.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2020 are due by December 3, 2019

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