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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Innovation Concentration

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The MSN in Nursing Innovation is designed for the nurse who seeks to re-invent and innovate nursing practice in a variety of roles: as clinician, educator, administrator, or clinical scientist. 

This is the first program of its kind in the nation for inquisitive, innovative nurses who have ideas to improve and change healthcare delivery.  This program is for highly-disciplined and independent-thinking nurses whose career objectives may not be met by a traditional graduate nursing curriculum or career. The ultimate aim of this groundbreaking degree is to graduate creative and inventive nurses who can make meaningful and unique contributions to the healthcare industry.

What you’ll learn

The program offers an entrepreneurial focus and curriculum flexibility to support completion of a substantive capstone project that demonstrates innovation and the extension of the creative boundaries in nursing education, nursing administration, nursing practice or entrepreneurial business.  

This program:

  • Gives students the ability to make ideas a reality;
  • Teaches students new skills to support changing ideas into reality;
  • Develops students as a creative and inventive nurses who can make meaningful and unique contributions to the healthcare industry;
  • Is a good ‘fit’ for students whose career objectives may not be met by a traditional graduate nursing curriculum or career path.

Students may elect to use the 3 electives to obtain a post-baccalaureate concentration in a specialty area of interest, such as:

  • Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare
  • Leadership in Health Systems Management
  • Nursing Education and Faculty Role
  • Issues in Human Trafficking
  • Substance Use Disorders Counseling
  • Veterans’ Healthcare

What makes this MSN program unique?

  • First program of its kind, designed specifically for innovative nurses.
  • Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and interprofessional simulated health care scenarios. 
Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2019

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE) RN's with a non-nursing bachelor's degree may need to complete a bridge course before starting the program GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN.

Standardized Tests:


  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


Two professional references required from previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:

  • Why you are choosing this particular track
  • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Your plans upon completing the degree

Not required.

Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences.

A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable).

Clinical Work/VolunteerExperience:

International Students:
Additional requirements for International Students.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page

Application Link (if outside organization):


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