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MS(N) Nursing Leadership

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Western Carolina University’s graduate studies in nursing provide students with academic and field-based experiences that lead to a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing Leadership. The program prepares nurses for the role of nurse leader with a focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

An Online Program for Working Professionals

All academic courses are taught online. Practicum placements are available in a variety of settings in or near the students' communities and may focus on medically underserved and culturally diverse populations. Students will complete a thesis or scholarly project and pass comprehensive exams in addition to coursework. 

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted twice per year with the application for Fall admission as April 1 and Spring admission is October 1.  

About the Program 

Program Requirements

Degree Requirements: The MS(N) Nursing Leadership Program requires 40 to 41 semester hours of coursework, depending on whether the thesis or project option is selected. New students are admitted for the fall or spring semesters. The typical course load is six to nine credit hours per semester (part-time).

Admissions requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • BSN from a regionally accredited college or university and nationally accredited nursing program
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Statistics course, undergraduate or graduate level
  • Nursing research course, undergraduate
  • Registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice
  • Minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse within the last five years
  • Three professional references: one must be from current or recent immediate supervisor
  • Submit a resume and professional statement with the online Graduate School application (see Nursing Leadership Professional Statement and Resume guidelines for more details)

Application process

Application to the MS(N) Program requires an application to the Graduate School. 


Required courses are laid out in five to six semesters, depending on program start date. Nursing Leadership Curriculum   

program Costs

Visit the Graduate School’s tuition and fee rates page for current cost information. Admitted students are required to be computer literate and either own or have regular access to a computer with a CD writer and high-speed Internet access. Students are required to purchase a microphone and webcam for their computers. Additional expenses include textbooks at approximately $800 per year.

Program Director and core faculty

Ramona Whichello


Program Director:
Ramona Whichello, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Associate Professor

Core Faculty:
Amy Putnam, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Information Session

Along with the Information session offered by the Graduate School, the School of Nurisng is offering virtual information sessions for our MSN Nursing Leadership Program. To reserve your seat and or/ receive the Zoom Link, please sign-up in the link below. There will be a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Session Dates:
Monday, August 24th, 2020 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 at 6:30pm
Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 9:00am


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