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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing Organizational Leadership

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Academic Director: Margaret Reilly, DNS, APRN, CNE
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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The Program

The M.S. in Nursing Organizational Leadership program prepares graduate to become effective team members, and assume positions of leadership that will contribute to the health, education, and social structure of communities. Students learn to:

  • Initiate and maintain effective working relationships
  • Lead change to improve patient outcomes.
  • Promote evidenced-based nursing research and practice.
  • Build and lead collaborative interprofessional healthcare teams.
  • Manage organizations providing care coordination

The program will culminate with a practicum, which will include a clinical placement in a hospital, long term care or community facility.

Progression and Retention

All students will maintain a 3.0 overall GPA per semester and at graduation. To ensure this criteria is met, a minimum grade of “B” is required in all courses Nursing major courses.  Students earning less than a “B” grade in a Nursing course may repeat the course one time and must attain a grade of “B” or better. A second earned grade of less than “B” in any Nursing Program Course will result in dismissal from the program.


Accreditation  - This program is accredited by the NYSED

Admissions Criteria

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, and accredited nursing program;
  • Hold an unencumbered nursing license and a current registration; Nursing License Verification: Current unencumbered RN licensure and registration will be verified at the time of admission by the college Admissions Office and again prior to the start of clinical practicums. Students will set up and submit required clinical clearance documents to their Castlebranch account for review and verification prior to clinical practicums.  
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in nationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s programs and provide all  transcripts;
  • Completed an undergraduate Health Assessment course and an undergraduate pathophysiology course;
  • Demonstrate the potential to successfully pursue graduate study through an admission essay highlighting education and career achievements. Essay to include specific examples of problem solving while working in the practice setting, leadership experience at the bedside or in other settings, and professional and community awards;Verifying potential to pursue graduate study: The ‘potential to pursue graduate study’ will be gleaned from the recommendation letters as well as the applicant’s admission essay and resume.There is not a specific number of years of nursing experience required.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, one from a Master’s or doctoral prepared faculty, one from a nurse leader who was an immediate supervisor, one from a community leader;
  • Submit a copy of an evidence-based practice project that was completed in nursing school or in the practice setting; and,
  • Submit a resume.

Transfer Credits:

Consistent with CUNY SPS policy, MS in nursing programs will accept up to 12 credits of Masters in nursing graduate credits for transfer. Transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine applicability to the MS in nursing program at CUNY SPS. There is no statute of limitation for transfer credits.

Program Requirements

45 credits are required for the online Master of Science in Nursing Organizational Leadership


Students must also complete one nursing elective course (3 credits). To satisfy the elective, students may take a course in a specialization area other than the one they are enrolled in, or they may select, in consultation with an academic advisor, a course from another program offered by CUNY SPS (e.g., MA in Disability Studies or the MA in Psychology).

Other MS in Nursing Programs

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