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

Program Details

WGU’s online Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management degree program prepares nurses who hold a BSN to become the transformational leaders our dynamic healthcare industry demands. Designed in collaboration with healthcare’s foremost leaders, the MSNLM program focuses on nursing leadership, organizational performance management, strategy, advanced information management, and healthcare business and financial management, equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to stand out as leaders amidst the complexities of an ever-evolving healthcare industry. 

WGU's online 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 36 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

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.