Feb 26, 2024  
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog

Nursing (MS), Program Information

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Program Faculty

Program Director

Maija Anderson, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor


Department Chair

Randolph Rowel, PhD

Associate Professor


Student Affairs Coordinator

Carol-Ann Hendricks

Graduate Student Affairs Coordinator

Portage Building, Room 302C

Tel: (443)885-4014; Fax: (443)885-8309

E-Mail: Carolann.Hendricks@morgan.edu


Program Faculty

Jennette Logan, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


Malliga Jambuligam, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


Lajuan Martin, JD

Adjunct Faculty


Mian Hossain, PhD


Program Description

The Morgan State University Graduate Nursing Program offers a 43 Credit Master of Science degree (MS). The graduate program’s primary emphasis is preparing graduates for the roles of Nurse Educator and Leadership/Management in Nursing. The nursing graduate programs contribute to the profession by offering advanced education in a milieu that spurs scholarly development. The standards and expectations of the program are fully outlined in the Nursing Graduate Student Handbook. 

The graduate nursing program curriculum incorporates the standards for Graduate Nursing Education as outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Essentials of Masters Nursing Education. Core coursework and concentration specific courses all build on the previous learning of the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Course requirements include advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, contexts of health care, epidemiology, health care policy and law, health care information management, leadership and management, nursing research, and evidence-based practice.

Program Objectives

A discussion of program objectives and general student learning outcomes must be articulated here.  Such statements must be within the program’s ability to assess and conform to accreditation standards.

General Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science in nursing degree must complete a minimum of 43 academic credit hours.  Demonstration of the required competency in core courses requires that any grades of C in core courses must be retaken. A student must retake any core course in which a grade of C has been earned, even if the student has not accumulated 20% of the curriculum in C grades.


To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science Nursing Program, an applicant must: 


  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, preferably a B.S. In Nursing from a CCNE, NLN or State approved institution.

  • Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or better to be considered for regular admission. Students who possess a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of between a 2.5 and less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.  Post-bachelor’s undergraduate credits will not be used to enhance G.P.A. requirements for admission to graduate study. 

  • Submit an application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.  All required documents must be submitted as directed by the School of Graduate Studies prior to program review and admission decision.  

  • Provide test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).   Test scores may not be more than 5 years old prior to the date of application. These scores must be delivered by ETS/GMAT/MAT to the Morgan State University School of Graduate Studies.

  • Use the application system to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be placed with the application.  These letters must be from officials or faculty members of institutions previously attended who are acquainted with the applicant’s ability for graduate study or from employment supervisors where applicable. 

  • Submit a typed exposition regarding the candidate’s personal academic and professional plans and the reasons for selecting Morgan State University. 

  • Two (2) years practice as a registered nurse (RN)

  • If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum average score of 550 and no sub-score below 52 (paper version) or 79 with no sub-score below 17 internet based test).


Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made to the applicant.  The decision of the Program Admissions Committee involves a review and analysis of all the elements of the application as well as the availability of positions in the program.  The committee then recommends to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that an offer of admission should be made based on that review.


Students achieve candidacy by completing all required courses and are registered in the capstone professional project. 

Nursing Practicum and Capstone

Graduate nursing students must complete a practicum and capstone project: four (4) credits for the practicum and three (3) credits for capstone. The Capstone project is an opportunity for students to develop a special topic clinical or theoretical inquiry that results in a scholarly production based on the nursing education concentration practicum.

Additional Requirements

Academic Dishonesty

All students are responsible for upholding the provisions of the Policy on Academic Dishonesty, as published in the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Catalog.  This policy assures that all students are treated fairly by prohibiting plagiarism and cheating, misrepresentation/ falsification of academic work, abuse of academic materials, disrespectful or reckless behavior towards faculty and other students, stealing and lying.  The School utilizes the online Blackboard Safe Assign platform to evaluate students’ original work.  Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University, which include an initial review within the Public Health Program by an Ad Hoc Committee comprised of faculty, current student and alumni with recommendation for action to the Dean of the SCHP. Consequences of any such misconduct may result in a grade adjustment and reprimand letter, or a formal hearing procedure which may subject a student to disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from the University.



Appeals concerning academic progress such as academic dismissal must be addressed in writing to the Chairperson of the department of the degree program who, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, who will review the appeal and prepare a report and written recommendation for review by the College/School Dean. The College/School Dean shall submit a written recommendation along with the report and recommendation of the Chairperson to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies who shall make the final decision regarding a student’s appeal.

Program Course Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing 43 Credits

Suggested Curriculum Sequence

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