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Master of Science in Nursing / Leadership & Management (RN to MSN)

Program Details

 WGU’s online Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management (MSNLM) degree program prepares nurses who hold a current RN to become the transformational leaders our dynamic healthcare industry demands. Designed in collaboration with healthcare’s foremost leaders, the MSNLM program focuses on advanced nursing, nursing leadership, strategy, organizational management, and healthcare business and financial management. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to stand out as leaders amidst the complexities of an ever-evolving industry. Graduates of the MSNLM program will earn both their BSN and MSN degrees. 

WGU's programs deliver unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Students also benefit from a competency-based learning model, which lets them complete most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation, and beyond.


The program requires the completion of 150 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Applicants must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license. Applicants must be actively working as an RN at the time of application and enrollment.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


This degree is not authorized for residents in the following state(s):  Washington.