Nursing (MSN)


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

The master of science in nursing (MSN) is designed for registered nurses with a BSN who wish to pursue advanced knowledge necessary for the professional roles of nurse educator or nurse leader. In addition to specific courses relevant to nursing leadership or education, students take core courses in nursing theory, nursing research, policy and politics, population health, organization and systems leadership, and quality and safety. All students complete a synthesis project.

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared for positions in nursing education or leadership roles in a variety of settings. The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours for a Nurse Leader focus or 42 credit hours for a Nurse Educator focus. Courses are scheduled in an eight-week format. The MSN is designed to be a part-time program that students can complete in three years and is available at the St. Louis campus and select St. Louis-area corporate partner sites.

Webster's MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSN program, students will be able to:

  • Apply organizational and systems leadership skills to promote quality health care.
  • Apply quality and safety principles within an organization.
  • Analyze evidence and research for improvement of practice.
  • Evaluate information and health care technologies to coordinate care.
  • Apply knowledge of policy and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals to coordinate care.
  • Apply prevention and population health concepts to implement culturally relevant care.
  • Integrate advanced knowledge and skills in a practice role.

Program Curriculum

The following core courses must be completed for the MSN:

  • NURN 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing* (3 hours)
  • NURN 5050 Policy and Politics in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5550 Advanced Nursing Research (3 hours)
  • NURN 5340 Population Health I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5350 Population Health II (3 hours)
  • NURN 5360 Organization and Systems Leadership (3 hours)
  • NURN 5370 Quality and Safety in Healthcare (3 hours)
  • NURN 6000 Integrated Studies in Nursing (3 hours)

*Requisite Course

In addition, the MSN-seeking student must complete one of the following focus areas:

Educator Focus

Students selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5210 Instructional Methods in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5220 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3 hours)
  • NURN 5380 Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5390 Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators II (3 hours)
  • NURN 5230 Teaching Practicum in Nursing I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5240 Teaching Practicum in Nursing II (3 hours)

Leader Focus

Students selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5410 Leadership in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5420 Financial Issues for Nurse Leaders (3 hours)
  • NURN 5440 Leadership in Nursing Practicum I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5450 Leadership in Nursing Practicum II (3 hours)


The student in this graduate program is subject to the policies and procedures for graduate studies and the MSN program.

Continuous Enrollment

Students in the MSN program must maintain continuous and consecutive enrollment in this program at Webster University. Students who do not enroll for three or more consecutive eight- or nine-week terms will be withdrawn from the program. The student may request a waiver of this requirement.

Practicum Evaluation

In courses with a clinical/practicum component, students must receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in the clinical/practicum portion to pass the course. Unsatisfactory completion of the clinical/practicum component of the course results in automatic failure of the course.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSN program is based on intellectual capacity, academic record, professional performance, clarity of goals, initiative, and other qualities appropriate to graduate study in nursing. These qualities are difficult to measure in absolute terms, and the decision to offer admission is based on appraisal of the total application record.

The specific requirements for admission to the MSN program are as follows:

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Missouri;
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better;
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience in nursing;
  • Completion of the online application, along with the application fee and official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and schools of nursing;
  • Three academic and/or professional recommendations using the MSN Recommendation Form
  • A curriculum vitae describing scope, responsibilities, and function of all work experience;
  • A brief essay (500 words or less) clearly describing the applicant’s educational and professional objectives for graduate study;
  • A personal interview with a nursing faculty member.

Special consideration may be given to graduates of BSN programs without specialty accreditation, to students with extraordinary professional accomplishments, or to students whose academic records show marked improvement in the later years of college or professional studies.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
OR submit electronically at