Master of Science

Master of Science in Nursing Leadership

Dr. Paula TimoneyNursing Leadership

Offered through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

Program Overview

The Master of Science Program in Nursing Leadership prepares nurses as leaders to assume leadership positions across all levels of nursing and health care continuum.

Graduate Program Outcomes
  • Incorporate the concepts of leadership change, collaboration, and innovation into the role of nurse leader.(Essential IV)
  • Implement leadership skills to manage change, improve outcomes, and create a preferred future for nursing practice. (Essential II)
  • Translate relevant research to promote evidence-based practice models, improve outcomes, and mitigate risk in patient care delivery systems and patient care.(Essential III)
  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and related sciences to develop foundational thinking skills that facilitate leadership at the highest level.(Essential I)
  • Utilize current and emerging technologies in the strategic management of health care delivery systems. (Essential V)
  • Analyze models of advocacy and activism that promote relationship building and organizational excellence. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the values of respect, social and ethical responsibility, and professionalism into the practice environment. (Essential VII)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of patient care delivery models, clinical practice and health care policy that reflects current health care trends and societal needs. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate behaviors of professional engagement in life-long learning activities with the learning environment. (Essential IX)

Admission Requirements
  • Completed application
  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing (For Applicants with non-nursing bachelor degrees, see the Clinical Practice Portfolio requirement below)*
  • Unofficial transcripts from all college/universities attended
  • Minimum of one year's recent relevant experience (preferred)
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Current professional Registered Nurse license
  • Three online letters of recommendation
  • Three credit undergraduate course in Statistics (by advisement)
  • Meet all Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

* Clinical Practice Portfolio - Registered Nurse applicants to a master's program with a non-nursing bachelor's degree are required to submit a clinical practice portfolio to be evaluated for baccalaureate-level nursing competencies upon conditional admission once they have been admitted to a program. Upon successful completion of the portfolio, the student will be admitted to the program. If the portfolio does not meet academic standards, the student cannot progress in the program.
The Clinical Practice Portfolio is only required for those Registered Nurse applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who have been offered conditional acceptance.

Additional Requirements Upon Admission
  • Student Malpractice Insurance Required
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one time fee and is where students will upload and manage required documents.""
  • Technology Requirements

Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated for transfer equivalency credits by an accredited evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES)

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing reserves the right to change admission and program criteria to meet prevailing accreditation, regulatory and registration requirements.

Process for Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement.

Graduation Requirements   Credits

HNH 503 Organizational Leadership and Role Transformation 3
HNH 504 Quality Improvement, Safety, and Health Care Technologies 3
HNH 505 Health Care Policy and Advocacy 2

HNG 541 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice I 3
HNG 543 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice II 3

Nursing Leadership Courses
HNH 530 Communication and Relationship Management 3
HNH 531 Business Skills for Nurse Leaders 3
HNH 532 Finance and Economics in Nursing Leadership 3
HNH 533 Legal/Ethical/Regulatory Issues in Nursing Leadership 3
HNH 540 Advanced Theory and Practice in Nursing Leadership I 4
HNH 534 Advanced Leadership Seminar 3
HNH 541 Advanced Theory and Practice in Nursing Leadership II 3

Total Credits


The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master's degree program in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or advanced certificate program at Stony Brook School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

For more information, please contact:

Silvana Jara
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