Graduate Master of Science Program

Western Michigan University's Bronson School of Nursing offers a 36 credit hour Master of Science in Nursing program (12 courses) that focuses on either nursing education or nursing leadership. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to focus on a population of interest to their practice. These two areas of study are particularly timely and offered currently:

  • Preparation of nurse educators who are able to serve as faculty, practice preceptors and teachers of other health professionals in a variety of settings.
  • Preparation of nurse leaders/managers who function in complex health care systems. 

M.S.N. student handbook

The program is offered in a hybrid format. This means that students get the flexibly of having 75 percent of their course work done online without losing the relationships and networking opportunities that come with clinical and classroom interaction.

M.S.N. program outcomes

At the end of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Analyze the historical and conceptual patterns that have shaped current health and illness care contexts and systems
  • Integrate advanced concepts of human behavior, cultural competencies and ethical reasoning into the evolving role of nurse leadership for the 21st century
  • Employ methods of inquiry that provide evidence for the practice of nursing and promote the role of the nurse in inquiry and evaluation
  • Use an interdisciplinary approach to promote the health and well-being of selected populations within health care systems and communities
  • Describe how organization and financing of health care services sculpt health care policies
  • Demonstrate competency in teaching or nurse leadership/management with selected populations


Admission is competitive; therefore, the listed criteria for admission should be considered as minimum standards.

  • Earned B.S.N. or B.S. with a major in nursing from an accredited baccalaureate program (nurses with a baccalaureate degree in another field will be considered on an individual basis)
  • 3.0 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate work 
  • Completion of recent statistics, research and informatics courses
  • Current license to practice nursing (R.N.)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume with evidence of proficient nursing practice
  • Completion of WMU graduate application form at
  • Three letters of reference from individuals who can speak to current proficiency in nursing practice, academic and leadership potential
  • Written personal narrative as part of the application
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required

We will consider students who do not have a B.S.N., but a degree in another discipline. 

Non-B.S.N. degree prerequisites

  • NUR 3400: Transition to Professional Nursing (hybrid—75% online), 6 credits
  • NUR 3320: Nursing Research, 3 credits
  • NUR 3330: Health Informatics, 3 credits
  • STAT 3660: Introduction to Statistics, 4 credits

If students have taken a similar course in the last five years, we will accept that course if it is equivalent. These last three courses are available at WMU but may be taken elsewhere. Please talk to our student advisor or M.S.N. coordinator prior to taking courses to determine its equivalence to our required courses.

If you want additional information about the program or the application process, please call our M.S.N. Coordinator Kelly Ackerson at (269) 387-8161 or email at