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Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in nursing (MSN) is offered through the university's Kirkhof College of Nursing. The M.S.N. program prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists to serve as leaders within clinical microsystems (patient care units/settings) in a reformed health care system. Students who complete the MSN are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Examination.

The MSN curriculum is designed to provide students with the leadership skills essential for the integration of evidence-based practice at the patient-provider interface and coordination of care delivery process that will improve client outcomes in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible manner.

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Flexible. Classes are offered in a variety of formats to accommodate working professionals.

Versatile. Graduates will have an exceptional blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills.

Convenient. Courses are offered primarily at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.

Application Timeline

February 1 - Application deadline (application, transcripts, CV or resume, goal statement)

April 15 - Applicants informed of decision

May 15 - Applicants formally accept in writing via email or letter


MSN program admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Courses Offered

The MSN curriculum for an advanced generalist consists of 44 credits completed over 7 semesters. Click here to see the full course list .