Graduate Master of Science (MSN) Program

Western Michigan University’s Bronson School of Nursing MSN program is designed specifically for RNs who want to expand their expertise and knowledge. Graduates of our MSN program become the leaders in promoting healthcare in individuals and communities. The advantages of our program are:

  • Online course delivery by faculty who are supportive and engaged in student learning
  • A choice of three tracks:  nurse educator, addiction, or gerontology
  • Students will have opportunities to practice in diverse clinical settings
  • Seven (7) semester degree completion (36 credit hours)
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing

M.S.N. program outcomes

MSN Graduate Program Outcomes (adapted from AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, March 21, 2011)

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective.
  • Use the methods, tools, performance measures and standards related to quality, as well as apply quality principles within an organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results.
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
  • Engage as a member and leader of interprofessional teams, communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care.
  • Applies patient-centered and culturally responsive evidence-based strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.


Admission is competitive; therefore, the listed criteria for admission should be considered as minimum standards.

  • Evidence of an earned B.S.N. or B.S. degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program in nursing. Nurses with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline will be considered on an individual basis.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate nursing studies;
  • Current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in one of the 50 U.S. states or territories;
  • Completion of the following prerequisites if non-B.S.N. with a RN license:   (1)  Undergraduate course in descriptive and beginning inferential statistics;  (2) NUR 3330 - Health Informatics;   (3) NUR 3400 - Transition to Professional Nursing; and     (4) NUR 3430 - Nursing Research
  •  Submission of scores on TOEFL for students whose undergraduate degree was obtained internationally with minimum score of 80;
  • Evidence of personal and professional qualifications for graduate study, as reflected in:

   (1)    Three letters of reference from colleagues or supervisors able to comment on the applicant’s clinical knowledge, 
            skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    (2)    Response on written statement related to advanced professional nursing
    (3)    Current resume or curriculum vitae

  • Other assessment procedures as indicated.

 If you want additional information about the program or the application process, please email our M.S.N. Coordinator Kelly Ackerson at email at