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. This program is offered as an executive cohort program using a blended model with scheduled on-site immersions and curriculum delivery via a computer mediated modality.

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
  • Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing (non-nursing bachelor degrees, see Clinical Practice Portfolio 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 Professional Standards for Admission and Retention

* Clinical Practice Portfolio - 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 once they have been admitted to a program. A non-refundable fee of $300.00 is required for the portfolio evaluation. If the portfolio does not meet academic standards, the student cannot be matriculated.
The Clinical Practice Portfolio is only required for those 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.""
  • Technical 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.

Meeting field work course requirements is dependent upon the availability of appropriate sites and preceptors in a student’s region. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing cannot guarantee the availability of sites and preceptors or the results of clinical contract/affiliation negotiations.

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 Statistical Methods & Scholarly Inquiry 3
HNG 543 Applications in Clinical Nursing Research 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


For more information, please contact:

Silvana Jara
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