Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization in Nursing Leadership for Health Systems Management Innovations

The Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership for Health Systems Management Innovations is designed to build a foundation for the nurse leader/administrator/entrepreneur to meet the evolving needs of the emerging health care delivery models. With a focus on transformational innovation, this program of study provides students with the skills necessary to become the nurse leader/administrator/entrepreneur of the future. The program provides a customized residency experience designed to support the goals of the emerging nurse leader/administrator/entrepreneur.

Online Course Delivery

The College of Nursing has implemented new instructional strategies to provide an interactive, engaged curriculum for our distance learners. Courses may utilize real-time face-to-face instruction via web conference, phone conference, and/or live chats with fellow students and faculty.  Students may work as teams with peers and mentors, participate in demonstrations, interact with computer-simulated patients, and actively examine case studies.  Courses will include online lectures, discussions, social networking, viewing video’s, examining evidence, readings, and/or other activities for preparation for class.

Requirements for Admission

USU uses a holistic application process and each student is considered on their own merits by the admission committee.

  • Graduate Admissions Application
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelor’s in something else and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Master Entry program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, will be considered for admission.  International students must possess the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree as documented by an authorized foreign credentialing service
  • Active unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  • Official transcripts from the Baccalaureate degree granting institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semesters or 90 quarter credits of the Bachelor’s degree and GPA of 3.0 in the nursing courses
  • Self-evaluation and goal statement using provided form
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Three recommendations using provided form
  • Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening
  • English as a second language students: minimum TEAS score at the Proficient level which is Overall 58.7%, Reading 69 %, Mathematics 63.3%, Science 45.8%, and English/Language Usage 60.0% taken within the past year. The TEAS exam may only be taken three (3) times in one (1) year.
  • Interview with Admissions Committee as needed (this may be by submitting a video, Web based interview or by phone.)
  • Weaver Reading Assessment

Application Deadline

The MSN program in Nursing Leadership for Health Systems Management Innovations uses a cohort model. There are 2 admission cycles, Fall 1 and Spring 1.

A cohort may not run if a minimum number of students are not admitted.


The Master of Science in Nursing at United States University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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