College of Nursing > Nursing, MSN
Degree Program Overview
The Master of Science in Nursing graduate program prepares professional nurses for leadership roles in nursing education, nursing administration, or advanced practice nursing. Graduate study in nursing requires the acquisition and systematic application of knowledge and skills in nursing practice, evidence based practice, and nursing role. Advanced critical thinking skills in nursing are enhanced through the study of theory and research. Either full time or part-time study is available for the Nurse Administration, Nurse Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner tracks.
All applicants must satisfy university requirements for a graduate degree in addition to the MSN track requirements below:
- One page personal statement to include information about the applicant’s education and experience as a professional nurse to date, reason for interest in graduate education, career goals for the next five (5) years, reason for choosing UH for graduate education, and contributions the applicant plans to make to the mission of UH College of Nursing and to advanced nursing practice.
- An interview.
- Official score(s) of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores may not be more than 5 years old.
- Two letters of recommendation: one from a university faculty and one from an employer.
- Professional work experience as defined by individual tracks. All FNP applicants are required to have a minimum of one (1) year of experience as baccalaureate prepared registered nurse.
Graduate Program Goals
At the end of the graduate education program, the graduate will:
- Assume advanced leadership roles in a variety of health care settings.
- Exemplify ethical, legal, and professional standards for advanced nursing practice.
- Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines in the roles of educator, administrator, or clinician.
- Participate in research and other scholarly activities to expand nursing knowledge.
- Work effectively in interdisciplinary relationships or partnerships to promote, maintain and restore the health of clients; improve health care delivery systems; shape health policy; or influence professional education.