Master of Science in Nursing Organizational Leadership

Format: Online

Across the nation, nurses have been encouraged to develop the knowledge, leadership abilities, and interpersonal skills beyond what is learned at the bachelor’s degree level to improve the healthcare system. The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report recommends that the future nurses gain proficiency in competencies such as team leadership, systems thinking, decision-making, and quality improvement.

The MS in Nursing Organizational Leadership online degree prepares nurses to contribute to the health, education, and social structure of communities by assuming positions of leadership. The program creates a landscape for nurses to promote innovative change and quality outcomes, translate evidence-based research into practice, build collaborative interprofessional healthcare teams to coordinate care, and employ advocacy strategies to influence healthcare policy across the healthcare spectrum.  

Career Scope and 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, advancements in technology, challenges related to value-based healthcare delivery, and a focus on health disparities and population care services.

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 administrators with master’s degrees.

Graduates of the MS in Nursing Organizational Leadership degree are qualified to serve as directors of nursing, chief nursing officers, nurse managers, accountable care coordinators, and wellness program directors. Potential workplaces for these roles include hospitals, outpatient care clinics, medical centers, home healthcare agencies, long-term care facilities, and academic health systems. 

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the NYS Education Department.

The Online MS in Nursing Program Scholarship

The Online MS in Nursing Program Scholarship provides financial, academic, and career support to workers in the healthcare system pursuing an advanced nursing degree at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Recipients of the scholarship will receive funding towards tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year with possible renewal in fall 2018.  Award amounts may vary based on financial need but are expected to be $1,275 each semester or $2,550 per academic year. The scholarship application period for the Fall 2017 semester opens on June 5 and closes on July 15. 

Additional information about the scholarship, including eligibility criteria, can be accessed here.

Current CUNY SPS students and recent CUNY SPS graduates can apply for the scholarship through this link. Prospective students who are not yet enrolled at CUNY SPS can apply for the scholarship here

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 two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

To qualify for admission to the MS in Nursing Organizational Leadership 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 2018 are due by November 30, 2017

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies Launches New Programs in Nursing

February 02, 2017

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has developed a portfolio of new online degree and certificate programs in nursing within the fields of education, organizational leadership, and informatics.