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Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Nursing is an exciting profession that changes as health care changes. An increasing focus on health promotion and maintenance, and technological advancements in the treatment of illness, has placed new demands on health care providers. Professional nurses are needed to solve critical problems, formulate concepts, make judgments, analyze, summarize and form valid conclusions, and provide direct and indirect care.

Program Overview

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree. The M.S.N. prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists to serve as leaders within clinical microsystems in a reformed healthcare system.


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

Career Options

The M.S.N. prepares nursing graduates to manage complex clinical cases and provide leadership at the point of care, implement evidence-based practice, use technology and informatics to support outcomes measurement and quality improvement strategies, and lead teams in the delivery of health care in multiple settings across the continuum.

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is February 1. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley. Please visit

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • Flexibility –many nursing classes are offered in a hybrid format to accommodate working professionals.
  • Versatility – graduates will be prepared to provide care in a practice setting, applying advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, improving health care by assuming leadership roles, and contributing to the advancement of the profession.
  • Practicality – graduates will have an exceptional blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills and be prepared to contribute to health care reform.
  • Convenience – courses are offered primarily at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) in downtown Grand Rapids. The M.S.N. degree requires approximately 41 credit hours.


“Grand Valley's M.S.N. program has enhanced my knowledge of nursing to a systems level by providing a curriculum with a wide range of of topics, from nursing in politics to leadership. I look forward to future possibilities of professional growth in several areas in which the Advanced Generalist, with a clinical nurse leader certificate, has prepared me to enter.”


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