American University of Beirut

Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON) Graduate Program

Officers of the School

Fadlo R. Khuri President of the University
Zaher DawyProvost
Samar Noureddine Dean of the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
Nuhad Yazbik-DumitAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs
Bradley Jon TuckerRegistrar, ex-officio
Antoine SabbaghDirector of Admissions, ex-officio
Fatme Charafeddine Interim University Librarian, ex-officio


Convener/Graduate Division:Honein, Gladys
Coordinator, PhD Program: Noureddine, Samar
MSN Nursing Administration and Management track coordinator: Yazbik-Dumit, Nuhad
MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS track coordinator: Massouh, Angela 
MSN Psychiatry and Mental Health CNS Track Coordinator: Farhood, Laila
MSN Community and Public Health Nursing Track Coordinator: Honein, Gladys
Convener/Undergraduate Division: Adra, Marina
Accelerated Programs Coordinator: Madi, Dina
Professors: Farhood, Laila; Noureddine, Samar; Yazbik-Dumit, Nuhad
Associate Professors: Abi Abdallah Doumit, Myrna; Fares, Souha; Honein, Gladys
Clinical Associate Professors: Abi Fakhr, Lina; Adra, Marina; Madi, Dina; Younan Sabbagh, Lina
Assistant Professors: Alayan, Nour; Dakessian, Silva; Massouh, Angela, Puzantian, Houry 
Clinical Instructors:Abdallah, Nour; Avedissian, Tamar; Damianos, Danielle; Succar, Emilie
Senior Lecturer:Kordahi Badr, Lina

School Administrative Support

Executive and Financial Officer:Chami, Diana
Student Services and Career Planning Officer: Abdallah, Mira
Skills and Simulation
Lab Manager:
Farha, Randa
IT Manager, Faculty of Medicine and Hariri School of Nursing: Itani, Maher
IT Field Support Technician: Karout, Toufic
Medical Librarian: El Zein, Ola​

Historical Background

The School of Nursing, founded in 1905, was the first nursing school in the Middle East. The five–year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, established in 1936, was replaced by a four-year program in 1964 leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students entering the school as sophomores graduate in three calendar years. The RN-BSN program was reactivated and launched in 2003. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was launched in 2003. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) and the MSN program are registered by the Department of Education of New York State, HEGIS codes 1203.00 and 1203.10, respectively. The BSN and the MSN programs are accredited by CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, in the USA. The AUB School of Nursing is the first School of Nursing outside the US territories to be accredited by CCNE. The PhD program, also registered in New York with HEGIS code 1203.12, was launched in the academic year 2018-2019. The Rafic Hariri School of Nursing became the seventh independent Faculty at AUB , on September 1, 2018.


The mission of the School of Nursing is to promote and maintain the highest educational standards of excellence, integrity and professionalism in nursing, following the American model of nursing education and practice. The school aims to provide learning opportunities that will enable students to grow into competent nurses guided by ethical principles, who respect cultural diversity while coordinating and delivering high–quality and compassionate nursing care in Lebanon and the region. The faculty believes education is an interactive process between faculty and students with both taking responsibility for active learning. The baccalaureate program, drawn primarily from the humanities, sciences and caring disciplines focuses on the use of nursing theory and research as a basis for practice. The master’s program focuses on preparing nurses for advanced nursing practice roles. It is based on the use and generation of research-based knowledge to guide practice. The PhD program in Nursing Science aims to provide rigorous training for research careers in nursing and healthcare. The program is intended to produce research scientists who will make significant and original contributions to nursing practice, health promotion, health maintenance, population health and healthcare delivery. Nursing students at AUB learn to think critically, develop professional attitudes and leadership skills, and appreciate the value of life-long learning and freedom of speech.


The Rafic Hariri School of Nursing aspires to become the leading school of nursing in Lebanon and the region, nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in education, research and service.

The school is committed to offering cutting-edge, culturally-relevant and internationally recognized graduate and undergraduate education. Such education would foster life-long learning and scholarship, develop leaders in nursing and health care, and attract a competent and culturally-diverse student body.

Graduate Programs

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

The School of Nursing offers four tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with an optional minor in Education
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with an optional minor in Education
  • Community and Public Health Nursing with an optional minor in Education
  • Nursing Administration and Management (this program is offered in a blended format, partly face to face and partly on line)

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available for all tracks.

Other graduate programs:

Academic diploma in nursing administration and management


A student is eligible for consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program if s/he fulfills the following AUB admission requirements for graduate studies:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from AUB or its equivalent from another recognized institution, with a cumulative undergraduate average of at least (GPA: 3.0) and an undergraduate average of at least 3.3 in the major field of study (nursing)

Please see the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalogue for further details regarding the Readiness for University Studies in English (RUSE). In addition, HSON requires the following criteria:

  • A license to practice nursing from country of residence
  • Evidence of knowledge and competence in physical assessment skills (except for the nursing administration and management track)
  • At least one year of work experience in nursing

The MSN program admits students once per year in the Fall semester, except for the blended MSN in Nursing Administration and Management Track, which accepts applicants in Fall and Spring. Special non-degree seeking students willing to register graduate nursing courses may do so in Fall or Spring semesters. However, they need to be approved by the HSON Graduate Studies Committee. The program admits both full-time and part-time students; they need to complete all program requirements within a maximum period of four years. Extension beyond the maximum allowed period of study requires approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the school. Candidates who fail to meet any of the admission requirements but who, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrate potential graduate study, are admitted on probation. For example: students with a cumulative undergraduate average of at least (GPA:3.0) but less than (GPA: 3.3) in the major field (nursing) may be conditionally admitted as graduate students on probation. Students admitted on probation must complete 9 credits of graduate level courses within the first two terms of graduate studies, pass all courses and attain a minimum cumulative average of (GPA: 3.3) to achieve regular status.

Graduation Requirements

All recommendations for graduation are made by a vote of the faculty upon the recommendation of the HSON Graduate Studies Committee. To be eligible for graduation from the MSN program, the student must have:

  • passed all required courses with a minimum grade of (C+) per course,
  • achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.3,
  • completed the total number of credits required in the track of study,
  • passed the comprehensive examination,
  • and completed the requirements for the thesis or project.

Academic Rules and Regulations

Transfer of Credits

Refer to Transfer of Credits section, under General University Academic Information.

Supervision, Courses and Grades

Every graduate student is assigned an academic advisor to guide and help in planning the student’s course of study, as stipulated by the graduate curriculum. Non-nursing courses relevant to the student’s area of specialty can be taken as electives with the approval of the advisor. For students working toward a thesis, a thesis advisor who must be a full-time faculty member is assigned. S/he will also serve as chairperson of the thesis committee. The thesis advisor and committee members must be of professorial rank.

Graduate level courses in nursing are numbered 500 and above. In addition, all students in the MSN program are required to take NURS 610, a zero-credit course offered in the Fall of the first year, titled ‘Advanced Searching of the Scientific Literature’. The minimum passing grade for a graduate course is (C+). However, students are required to maintain a cumulative average of at least (GPA: 3.3) in all courses taken for graduate credit. Students who are absent without excuse from more than one third of the number of sessions in any course, who fail to sit for scheduled examinations or who fail to fulfill course requirements, will be given a grade of (F) for graduate courses. Results of tutorial courses, NURS 610, residencies, projects or theses will be reported as pass (P) or fail (F).

Students admitted with curriculum deficiencies may need to register for prerequisite undergraduate courses; such courses do not carry any graduate credit. The minimum passing grade for a prerequisite course is (C+).

Probation and Dismissal

Refer to Academic Standing of Student Working for a Master’s Degree section under General University Academic Information.

Comprehensive Examination

A student must pass a comprehensive examination after completion of most of the course requirements for the MSN degree. The Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Nursing sets the time of the examination. Students planning to take the comprehensive exam must register the comprehensive exam course NURS-526 (0 credit) in the term during which they are planning to sit for the exam. The purpose of the examination is to ascertain the student’s knowledge of her/his field of specialization. A student who does not pass the comprehensive examination may take it a second time in the following term. Students who are unable to pass a program’s comprehensive exam twice are dropped from the graduate program. Students who pass the comprehensive exam after one failure will have their initial failure reported on their transcript as “PR” for progress in the first term the course was registered in, and their passing the comprehensive exam reported as “P” in the second term the course was registered in. The comprehensive exam is offered twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring term.

For more information, refer to Comprehensive Examination section, under General University Academic Information.


Those students enrolled in the MSN with the thesis option must submit a thesis based on original, independent research, and in English. An abstract not exceeding 350 words must be submitted to the Thesis Committee for approval on the topic and Thesis Committee Members 4 months before the defense date. Once approved the thesis is granted, the student must ensure that the thesis conforms to the guidelines outlined in the University Thesis Manual found in the library. It is mandatory to apply the manual style to the thesis; theses not conforming to the manual requirements will not be accepted. The student must submit copies of the thesis to the members of the thesis committee at least two weeks before the thesis defense.

Master’s Thesis Committee

The Thesis Committee should be composed of at least three members approved by the faculty Graduate Studies Committee. The student must submit the thesis proposal to the Graduate Studies Committee for approval. It is advisable that the thesis committee includes one member from outside the School of Nursing (who can be from an institution outside AUB). All committee members should hold professorial rank. The thesis committee approves the thesis topic, oversees the research protocol and participates in the thesis defense.

Students, instead, may opt for a 3-credit project. If so, 3 credits of elective coursework in a related area should be taken. Students who choose to do a project are assigned an advisor who serves as the project advisor. The master’s project committee should be composed of at least two members recommended by the department/program. It is a must that the first reader of the project committee member holds a professional rank. The second reader can hold a professional rank or be an academic associate or adjunct faculty with clinical expertise in the area of research. The project’s topic proposal and selection of the advisor and project committee members should be approved by the faculty/school Graduate Studies Committee at least four months before the project defense. Pass (P) or Fail (F) is reported for project defense. If Fail (F) is reported, the student may resubmit the project and defend it after a period of at least three months. Failure on the second attempt results in discontinuation of the graduate work.

For more information, refer to Supervision of Master’s Thesis or Project section, under General University Academic Information. Refer also to the Graduate Student Handbook of the School of Nursing regarding guidelines for projects and theses.

For more information, refer to Thesis Proposal section, under General University Academic Information.

Thesis/Project Defense

Refer to Thesis Defense and Project Defense section, under General University Academic Information.

Deposit of Thesis/Project in the Library

Refer to Thesis Defense and Project Defense section, under General University Academic Information.

Specific Requirements for the Master’s Degree

Refer to the Admissions section in this catalogue.

Masters of Science in Nursing Curriculum

​ Core Courses* Lecture Hrs./ Week
Clinical Hrs./ Week
Credit Hrs.
NURS 500

Theories, Concepts and Ethical Frameworks for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 501
Advanced Nursing Practice: Scope and Roles
NURS 530
Statistical Reasoning and Application in Nursing Research
1 2

NURS 502
Advanced Nursing Research
NURS 527
Systems Approach to the Development and Evaluation of Health Care Services​
​ ​Concentration CoursesLecture Hrs./ WeekClinical Hrs./ WeekCredit Hrs.
Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Track
NURS 503
Advanced Health Assessment
​NURS 505A
Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology I
Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology II
NURS 506
Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology III
PHRM 314​​Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics​3​0​3
Nursing Administration and Management Track (offered as a blended program)
NURS 507
Essentials of Nursing Administration Management
NURS 508
Advanced Practice in Nursing Administration
0 16 4
NURS 531
Practical Applications of Budgeting Nursing
​NURS 525
​Leadership Theories and Application Nurse Managers
​NURS 520
​Managing Quality with Teams
​NURS 533
​Advanced Learning & Health Informatics​
​MNGT 308
​Human Resource Development
Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Track
​NURS 503A
​Advanced Health Assessment for Mental Health
NURS 504
​Advanced Pathophysiology
​NURS 512
​Advanced Psychiatric and Mental Health Assessment
​PHRM 314
​Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics
​NURS 516
​Psychopathology and Human Behavior
NURS 517​​Models of Treatment-Psychotherapy (Bio-Behavioral Nursing Interventions)
​NURS 518
​Group and Family Psychotherapy
​NURS 519​Clinical Residency in Acute Psychiatric Care​0​16​4
Community and Public Health Nursing Track
​NURS 503
​Advanced Health Assessment
​NURS 504
​Advanced Pathophysiology
​PHRM 314
​Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics
​EPHD 300​Principles of Epidemiology
​NURS 522
​Principles and Practice of Community Health Nursing
​NURS 523
​Advanced Community Assessment
​NURS 524
​Clinical Residency in Community Health Care
Minor in Nursing Education ​ ​ ​ ​
​EDU 318
​Test Construction in Education
​EDU 326
​Theory and Design of Curriculum
​NURS 509
​Role Development in Nursing Education​3​0​3
​Elective in Education​3​0​3
​NURS 599
​NURS 598

All courses designated with a superscript 1 next to their titles are offered in a blended format to the MSN in Nursing Administration and Management Students.

NURS 610 is a zero credit course on advanced searching of the scientific literature offered to PhD students. All new MSN students ought to take this course in Fall of their first year.

1) In case MNGT 332 is not offered, students may register for an equivalent course approved by the coordinator of the Nursing Administration and Management track.

Students may take elective coursework in any major that helps them with their studies. For students doing a minor in nursing education, the elective must be in education.

The School of Nursing also offers special topic courses ranging from 1 to 3 credits that cover nursing issues of interest to students in various tracks. These courses can be counted toward the elective credits. (e.g. NURS 505 C).

Online Graduate Diploma in Nursing Administration and Management

HSON offers a one-year Graduate Academic online Diploma in Nursing Administration and Management.

The program mainly targets working nurses who desire to enhance their administrative skills to possibly obtain a nursing management position in hospitals or primary health care settings.

This education opportunity will help in gaining a “stand-alone” Graduate Diploma or can serve as a “step up” to a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Management at HSON.

The program will support the unique needs of working nurses, who wants to advance their career while continuing to work full time.

Admission Requirements

BSN degree or its equivalent from an accredited/recognized institution. GPA of at least 2.7, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 in nursing major courses. Satisfactory scores on the English Entrance Exam (EEE) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as per AUB admission requirements for graduate studies. License to practice nursing from country of residence. Two years of work experience in nursing


The online diploma requires 13 graduate credits. These credits include five concentration courses (12cr) and a practicum (1cr) Students can register 6 credits per semester and finish in one year. Students should complete the following courses required for the program:

NURS 507 (2 cr), NURS 531 (1 cr), NURS 520 (3 cr), NURS 525 (3 cr), NURS 533 (3 cr), and NURS 508A (1 cr.)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science

General Information

The PhD in Nursing Science Program provides rigorous training in scholarship and research. Graduates are prepared for careers as university academics, research scientists, educators and leaders of healthcare systems. The program contributes to building the capacity of the health workforce in Lebanon and the region.

The PhD program focuses on the following areas of research and beyond:

  • Health care systems research
  • Biobehavioral research in health and illness
  • Determinants of health and disease in individuals, families and communities
  • Stress and coping
  • Health promotion and risk reduction research

Program Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate theoretical and empirical expertise in a current area of study in their discipline.
  • Produce original and independent research in a priority area of healthcare that contributes to knowledge in their discipline.
  • Analyze qualitative and/or quantitative information while conducting research related to their graduate program.
  • Apply professionalism and ethical research conduct in their discipline.
  • Demonstrate scholarly communication skills to disseminate research findings in scientific oral and written format.
  • Employ teaching activities based on student learning related to their discipline.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and procedures as outlined in the AUB Graduate Catalogue are followed. The PhD is a 3-4 year program, with a maximum of 5 years permitted for its completion. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. To be eligible for admission, applicants should have an outstanding academic record, demonstrate a genuine interest in contributing to improving healthcare outcomes, hold a master’s degree in Nursing from a recognized institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.7 or its equivalent, and have satisfactory GRE results. Applicants with a Non-Nursing Masters degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to take pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling in the PhD program.

The program will not admit students post bachelor’s degree in an accelerated stream. Only holders of master’s degree will be considered for admission into the program.

Regular PhD Program Requirements

The PhD program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, including the PhD thesis work. The coursework consists of a minimum of 18 credits of core courses, 6 credits of electives and 24 credits of PhD thesis work.

Candidacy Requirements

All students admitted to the PhD program must register for the Qualifying Exam Part I: Comprehensive Exam and the Qualifying Exam Part II: Defense of Thesis Proposal. Refer to both qualifying exams under the General University Academic Information of the Catalogue .

Admission to Candidacy

Refer to the “Admission to Candidacy” paragraph under the General University Academic Information section of this catalogue.

Thesis Requirements

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy, a student must submit a thesis that is expected to make a significant and original contribution to her/his field of research. The research work is to be carried out under the supervision of a full-time faculty member of the Hariri School of Nursing. Faculty members will provide co-mentoring from FHS, FM, and adjunct faculty from partner universities from the US and Europe as needed.

Thesis requirements follow AUB regulations outlined in the graduate catalogue. More information about the PhD Thesis Committee, the Thesis Defense and the Residence Requirements can be found in the General University Academic Information section of this catalogue.

Graduation Requirements

Refer to the General University Academic Information section of this catalogue.

Sample Curriculum Plan

​Year ​Fall term ​Credits ​Spring term ​Credits
​Year 1​NURS 601 Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing Science
​3​NURS 604 Measurement in Health Research (equivalent to EPHD 411)*
​NURS 605 Bivariate Analysis and Linear Regression
​3​NURS 602 Quantitative Research Designs​3
​NURS 606 Qualitative Research
​NURS 610 Advanced Searching of the Scientific Literature​0
​Year 2
​NURS 607 Multivariate Analysis, Causal Modeling and Factor Analysis (equivalent to EPHD 410)**
​3​NURS 608 Scholarship in Nursing
​NURS 609 Research Seminar
​NURS 982 PhD Thesis
​Qualifying Exam I Elective
​Elective​3​NURS 603 Ethical issues in Health Research​1
​Years 3 & 4
​Qualifying Exam II​0​NURS 983 - 987: PhD thesis​21

Course Descriptions

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