Master of Science in Nursing


In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for graduate studies, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a recognized higher educational institution with a valid practice license from the Nursing Council of Kenya or eligible for registration as a nurse in Kenya, if trained outside the country. In addition, a minimum of two years of professional experience as a nurse is required.


Continuous assessment

The details of continuous assessment strategies are described in the course outlines. They account for 50% of the course grade and include oral debates, case studies, literature reviews, consultations reports, physical examinations, quizzes and written papers.

End-of term/semester assessment

Each course/module, except NRSG 706: Research Project, will have a 3-hour written final examination and a practical examination in the courses including a practicum. Instead of a research project examination, the students will produce a research thesis and a publishable article at the end of the project.

Practical assessment

Documented advanced nursing practice of at least 150 hours for each module, in outpatient or community health facilities under supervision of a practicing clinician is required. This will include physical examination of a minimum of 10 adults and 10 children documented in a log book countersigned by a clinician. Details of additional practical assessment are in the course outlines.


The MScN program is organized to be offered in four semesters and one inter-semester or two academic years in length. In the first year, the students complete the biomedical and nursing science courses. In the second year, clinical practice is done and research project is commenced.


The MScN program requirements include the 5-credit course NRSG 709: Research project. At the end of the course, students will make an oral defense and submit a bound thesis report of their research. 


The minimum requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing are:

1. Complete 46 semester credit hours for the program.

2. Maintain average cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate courses.

3. Complete 600 clock hours of clinical practice.

4. Proof of acceptance for publication of at least one (1) article in refereed journal(s)

5. Write a research thesis 6. Apply for graduation on the prescribed form