Nursing (MSN)

Volume 1: 2021.2022

Effective 1 June 2021 through 31 May 2022

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the College of Arts & SciencesIt is available at the St. Louis home campus and at select St. Louis-area corporate partner sites.

Program Description

The master of science in nursing (MSN) program 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. 

The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours with an educator or leader track. Courses are scheduled in an eight-week format. The MSN is designed to be a year-round part-time program that students complete in 2.5 years.

The master's nursing program at Webster University located in Saint Louis, Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master's nursing program is continuing accreditation. 

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Evaluate organization and systems leadership skills necessary for quality health care.
  • Examine the application of quality and safety principles within an organization.
  • Analyze evidence and research for improvement of practice.
  • Evaluate information and health care technologies.
  • Apply knowledge of policy and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
  • Examine the impact of inter professional collaboration on quality 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 5005 Collaboration and Communication (3 hours)
  • NURN 5050 Policy and Politics in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5210 Strategies to Facilitate Learning (3 hours)
  • NURN 5340 Population Health (3 hours)
  • NURN 5360 Organization and Systems Leadership (3 hours)
  • NURN 5370 Quality and Safety in Healthcare (3 hours)
  • NURN 5380 Pathophysiology and Application 1 (3 hours)
  • NURN 5390 Pathophysiology and Application 2 (3 hours)
  • NURN 5550 Translating Evidence to Practice (3 hours)

In addition, students must complete one of the following tracks:

Educator Track

Students selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5220 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3 hours)
  • NURN 5230 Practicum in the Nurse Educator Role I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5240 Practicum in the Nurse Educator Role II (3 hours)

Leader Track

Students selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5420 Financial Issues for Nurse Leaders (3 hours)
  • NURN 5440 Practicum in the Nurse Leader Role I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5450 Practicum in the Nurse Leader Role 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-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/practice experience component, students must receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in the clinical/practicum/practice experience portion to pass the course. Unsatisfactory completion of the clinical/practicum/practice experience component of the course results in automatic failure of the course.


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119 

Additional Requirements

Requirements for admission to the master of science in nursing (MSN) program include:

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited program (NLNAC, ACEN, CCNE, or NLN CNEA).
  • 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.
  • Official transcripts from all universities, colleges and professional schools.
  • Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States and eligible for licensure in Missouri.*
  • A minimum of one year of nursing practice as an RN within the last three years.
  • Three academic and/or professional recommendations using the MSN Recommendation Form* found in the application (at least two recommendations must be from a supervisor, manager or administrator with whom the applicant has worked in the past 3 years).
  • A curriculum vitae or résumédescribing the scope, responsibilities and function of all work experience.
  • A 300- to 500-word brief essaydescribing the educational and professional objectives for graduate study.
  • An interview with a nursing faculty member upon request.
  • Successful and satisfactory completion of a drug screen and criminal background check, plus submission of other required documents including, but not limited to, a health history; a complete vaccination/immunization profile (influenza, HepB, TDap/Td, MMR, and varicella); annual TB test/screen; evidence of American Heart Association CPR certification; a copy of current personal health insurance card; and signed student contract are required for full admission.

*These required materials must be electronically uploaded to the application account. A screenshot of the licensure report from the Nursys QuickConfirm website must be uploaded to the application file.

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. Special consideration may be given to applicants who excel in some criteria but do not meet all minimum requirements.

Application Process

Non-cohort applicants and SSM cohort applicants are invited to apply to begin the program in the Fall 1 (August) term each year. All documents must be received by the first Monday in August of the same year the applicant wishes to start. 

BJC cohort applicants are invited to apply to begin the program in the Fall 1 (August) or Spring 1 (January) term each year. All documents must be received by the first Monday in August of the same year of the Fall 1 term that they wish to start, or by the first Monday in December if they wish to start the following Spring 1 term. 

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.