Master of Science

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

Fast Facts

  • The program educates future leaders for population health nursing with a focus on Hawaii and the Pacific Region.
  • Coursework is completed via online learning and fieldwork is conducted in the student’s own local community.
  • The capstone project can be completed in the student’s local community.
  • The 30-39 credit program is designed to be completed in one year as a full time student or in two years as a part time student.

Program Outcomes / Competencies

The AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing provide the curricular elements and framework for the program (AACN, 2011). Copies or versions in other languages are available at the AACN Essentials website.

Master of Science in Nursing

A competent advanced practice nurse:

  1. demonstrates professional actions based on core nursing values, professional standards of practice, and the law.
  2. develops insight through reflective practice, self-analysis, and self care through the understanding of the law.
  3. engages in ongoing self-directed learning and provides care based on evidence supported by research.
  4. demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care.
  5. collaborates as part of a health care team.
  6. practices within, utilizes, and contributes to the broader health care system.
  7. practices client-centered care.
  8. communicates effectively and uses technology to support the delivery of health services.
  9. demonstrates clinical judgment and critical thinking in the delivery of care of clients while maintaining safety.


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Gary Glauberman, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, NHDP-BC
Advanced Population Health Nursing Program Director & Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 214
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-3390
Fax: 808-956-3257

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Raymond Jarman, PhD
Associate Specialist, Master of Science and PhD Program Advisor

Contact for applicants and enrolled students in the Master of Science and PhD programs.

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 201
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-3519
Fax: (808) 956-5977
Email: (For Master of Science program) (For PhD program)