School of Nursing

MS in Nursing - Nursing Administration and Leadership

The M.S. in Nursing – Nursing Administration and Leadership online program provides students with advanced skills in both nursing practice and business management. The program focuses on information technology and quality improvement, nursing theory and leadership, organizational behavior, evidence-based practice, and financial management to gain advanced skills in nursing practice, leadership, and business management. The program prepares students to join the next generation of health care leaders in positions such as nurse manager, director of nursing, chief clinical officer, and clinical supervisor.

The Nursing Administration and Leadership program can be completed in as few as 18 months. Courses are accelerated and delivered asynchronously online over 7 weeks. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. A total of 36 credits is required for completion of the degree, with 120 direct practicum hours required.

Required Courses: (36 credits)

MPH 670 Quality Improvement
NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
NUR 614 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 624 Community and Population-Based Health
NUR 627 Organizational Theory and Behavior
NUR 629 Health Care Operations: Human Resources, Law, and Ethics
NUR 633 Health Care Finance, Budgeting, and Planning
NUR 659 Information Management and Healthcare Technology
NUR 661 Nursing Leadership Practicum I
NUR 662 Nursing Leadership Practicum II

The graduate program in Nursing Education seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's online application for admission is evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
    • Applicants will be considered with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 with submission of requisite GRE/MAT scores (GRE: 153 Verbal Reasoning, 147 Quantitative Reasoning, 4.0 Writing; MAT score must rank in the 45th percentile or higher) 
  • Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) from all colleges/universities attended 
  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics which includes descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of B- or better 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Current, unencumbered nursing license 
  • Statement of purpose/essay (in the online application) 
  • Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores (if English is not first language)

Application Procedures and Required Materials

There are six starts per year:  Admission deadlines are 8/31/2020; 10/21/2020 and see online calendar for future dates https://online.usm.maine.edu/programs/msn-nursing-education.aspx

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required.
  • A 500-word essay that addresses the following topics:
    • Demonstrate your understanding of the nurse educator role and reasons for becoming a nurse educator.
    • Explain your professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science Degree.
    • Outline the experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to a master’s program.
    • Document your reasons for choosing USM for this program. 
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement. Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with the applicant's academic or professional work, to comment on the applicant's ability to undertake graduate study and the chosen profession.
  • MAT or GRE if undergraduate GPA is 2.75 – 2.99.
  • Evidence (photocopy) of an unencumbered registered nurse license in Maine.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • Official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency.
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation.
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) and other supporting documents may be mailed or emailed.

 

Mailing Address:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

 

Email Address:

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.