West Palm Beach

Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems Leadership

Our Master of Science Nursing program will help you advance your professional status with a respected academic credential that will position you to become a leader wherever your worklife takes you.

Focused on biblical, historical, theoretical and practical studies and providing you with much sought-after skills.

Our program delivers specific benefits such as:

  • An emphasis on problem-solving skills and other practical aspects of healthcare leadership
  • An emphasis on critical thinking and real-life experience
  • Curriculum designed to minimize redundancy, engage learning
  • A faith-based approach to education that supports calling and service
  • Curriculum that is offered in a combination of convenient, hybrid courses delivered online and monthly, in-person classes at PBA’s West Palm Beach campus
  • Two program entry points each year: August and January (with application deadlines of July 1 and November 15)
  • You'll finish PBA with 37 graduate credits (see degree plan* and required courses)
  • The solid reputation of the Palm Beach Atlantic School of Nursing

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Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements:

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university and nationally accredited nursing program.
  2. Achieve undergraduate minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, minimum nursing courses 3.0 GPA*
  3. Submit:
    • A completed online application and $45 nonrefundable fee AND NursingCAS application at http://nursingcas.org/
    • Official transcript from college/university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college/university where prerequisite courses were taken
    • Three letters of recommendation attesting to applicant’s academic ability and leadership potential, including one from a current supervisor
    • Personal statement supporting future goals, faith, and interest in obtaining a graduate degree (no more than 500 words)
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Current and active Florida license OR a valid RN license from another state and proof of application to Florida Board of Nursing. Students must maintain full-time work status during the program.
  4. Faculty interview – Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.

*Applicants who score less than 3.0 (cumulative and nursing) on a 4.0 scale must provide acceptable GRE scores of 50th percentile on both verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.

For a complete program description and policies, click here.


Admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must, no later than 30 days before classes begin:

  • Submit a  non-refundable $400 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment
  • Provide documentation to the School of Nursing of:
    • Background check with fingerprints
    • Drug screen
    • Proof of immunization/titers
    • PPD or other TB test
    • CPR
    • Florida RN License
    • Proof of health insurance


PBA's grad price calculator

The estimated tuition for the entire MSN program is $29,100*. This includes tuition for 36 credit hours ($795/credit) and the resources fee ($220/semester). There may be an addition cost ($50/class) for any hybrid class. This is based on a two-year full-time degree plan. 

Use our Adult Tuition Calculator to plan your college expenses.

*Cost based on 2017-2018 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Aid

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Primary funding for graduate study is provided on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of work study awards and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Learn more about opportunities for Financial Aid*; for questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.


PBA’s growth in graduate and professional programs has provided additional scholarship opportunities to become available through faithful donors wanting to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For additional information about these scholarship opportunities for your program, please contact the School of Nursing at nursing@pba.edu.

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