The Master of Science program is designed as a post-baccalaureate or higher degree program to meet our statewide demand for a highly competent nursing workforce equipped with the skills to ensure the delivery of safe, quality nursing care in Hawaii.

The program incorporates the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) as the foundation for the curriculum, integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare nurses for flexible leadership and critical action within complex, changing systems, including health, educational, and organizational systems.

Master of Science Degree Entry Pathways

Students can enter the Master of Science degree program through one of these pathways.

  • Bachelor’s to MS – RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • RN to MS – RNs with an associate degree in nursing and a non-nursing bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate Entry Program in Nursing – Non-nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree


Course Listing


NURS 600 Epidemiology for Advanced Nurs (3 credits)

NURS 609 Health Politics & Policy (3 credits)

NURS 620 Nursing Research, Theory & EBP (3 credits)

NURS 626 Adv Population Health Nursing (3 credits)

NURS 641 Adv Nsg in Global Environment (3 credits)

NURS 662 Ldship, Identity, Org/Sys Chng (3 credits)

NURS 670 Adv Nsg Prac and PH Disasters (3 credits)

NURS 671 Biostats for Adv Prac Nsg (3 credits)

NURS 672 Adv Practice PHN Practicum (V credits)