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2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook

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
Email Contact: Nursing@sps.cuny.edu


The mission and vision of the School of Professional Studies online nursing programs is to offer a liberal arts-based educational experience which will guide students in attaining the knowledge, skills, and values essential for professional nurse leaders and managers, including the ability to make sound judgments and address the health needs of diverse cultural groups.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Nursing Organizational Leadership will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication with diverse client populations, disciplines, and staff ensuring optimal health promotion.
  2. Apply leadership skills to guide and educate nursing staff to make sound judgments in the provision of safe, quality nursing care.
  3. Assume a leadership role in collaborative teams to improve care outcomes and advocate for policy changes through knowledge creation, distribution, and application.
  4. Develop health policies that address local and global population health issues.
  5. Analyze current and emerging technologies and informatics systems to support safe practice environments, and optimize quality care, cost-effectiveness, and health outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate effective management of patient care across disciplines to ensure best possible health care outcomes including clinical prevention strategies.
  7. Conduct research; implement evidenced-based care; and quantify the impact on quality and safety.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of how healthcare delivery systems are organized and financed and how this impacts patient outcomes; and identify the economic, legal, and political factors that influence health care.
  9. Integrate nursing and related sciences in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health care for diverse populations.

NO1. Analyze how policies impact the structure and financing of health care, nursing organizations, and health outcomes.

NO2. Advocate and mentor the professional nurse as a member and leader of interprofessional teams.

NO3. Develop a nursing organization business plan utilizing budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, and marketing principles.

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.


CCNE Accreditation Seal The MS in Nursing Organizational Leadership at CUNY School of Professional Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).​

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).

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