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Master of Science in Nursing

Prepare for a rewarding career at one of the leading institutions for nursing in Maryland.


Notre Dame of Maryland University offers an Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Accelerated programs with concentrations in Leadership in Nursing Education and Leadership in Nursing Administration
  • Join your peers in a cohort that meets to study together once a week on the same day, at the same time throughout the program.

For course descriptions and additional information, please see the Graduate Catalog section on these programs.

Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing graduate program at Notre Dame, a new applicant must submit the following:

  1. Sealed official transcripts from all official previous colleges attended for baccalaureate, graduate and/or associate/community college course work.
  2. Sealed official transcript from bachelor of science in nursing degree granting school.
  3. Download your active registered nursing license from the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

The NDMU School of Nursing prepares graduates for opportunities and possibilities of fulfilling the mission "educating nurses to transform the world." This essay is considered with all seriousness in the application review process. Take care to write clearly, logically, and grammatically correct with attention to correct structure and format of good writing. (APA formatting is preferred.) 

With that in mind, please address both of the following instructions in a 750-1000 word essay:

  • Provide a balanced assessment of your personal characteristics that may impact your ability to fulfill this mission. Please ensure that you speak to your leadership and interpersonal style.
  • Describe how you intend to work towards fulfilling this mission upon program completion. Please speak specifically to the concentration to which you are applying. Please make mention of your goals for the future.

You will also need to provide two letters of recommendation, or completed Master's Recommendation Form, written by a supervisor (charge nurse/nurse manager/CNO, etc.) who has direct knowledge of your clinical expertise and potential to succeed in the chosen concentration. Please do not submit recommendations from coworkers or subordinates. They will not be accepted.

Upon review and evaluation of all required admission materials, selected applicants will be invited to interview with nursing faculty.

MSN Program Outcomes

The program outcomes are lived by graduates as:


Educators and administrators preparing a space for being-with students and staff members that reveals authentic nursing presence—opening possibilities for meaning-making, cultural understanding, and reflective practice in diverse settings.

Engaging in and cultivating excellence in praxis of nursing education and nursing administration through the synthesis of a thoughtful commitment to the watchfulness of safety and quality and an emphasis on building relationships interwoven with an authentic confident professional demeanor and rooted in a framework of theory from nursing and other disciplines.

Responding to the call to be an active voice for students, nursing staff, patients, families, and communities around health policy and social justice, leading professional lives as valued by the Code of Ethics for Nurses, and demonstrating positive partnerships with other disciplines in the spirit of the welfare for all those in our care.

Creating an environment that promotes a lively spirit of critical inquiry, an appreciation for aesthetics and other ways of knowing, which contribute to the body of knowledge in nursing.

Creating a place for healing, growth, and a culture of caring for self and others

Enacting and guiding an interpretation of evidence with lived experiences through the lens of reflection leading to promotion of excellence in nursing practice and advancement of the profession.

Leadership In Nursing Education Concentration Program Objectives

Based on the Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators (NLN, 2005)

  1. Acquire the cognitive and behavioral skills needed to successfully perform in the role as nurse educator in an academic or service setting.
  2. Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes
  3. Plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of teaching strategies based on assessment of learner needs, setting, and advanced evidence-based research and educational theory.
  4. Use leadership skills and ethical and legal principles to implement policies and procedures related to learners, faculty, and the educational environment.
  5. Effectively use technology, tools, assessment instruments, and other resources to improve educational outcomes.
  6. Contribute to the expansion of knowledge in nursing education through participation in research, scholarly publications, and/or presentations.
  7. Engage in professional behaviors that reflect a commitment to service, lifelong learning, and excellence in teaching practice.

Leadership In Nursing Administration Concentration Program Objectives

Based on the Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (ANA, 2nd ed.) and Nurse Executive Competencies (AONE, 2005)

  1. Acquire the cognitive and behavioral skills needed to successfully perform as a manager or administrator in a variety of health related organizations.
  2. Think critically and strategically to influence and participate in policy and operational decision-making in their organizations.
  3. Communicate effectively within the organization, community, and national forums.
  4. Implement evidence-based clinical and administrative practices.
  5. Use research findings, collaboration, leadership, and negotiation skills to influence professional issues and health care policy.
  6. Engage in behaviors that reflect a commitment to professional values and practice.