MSN – Nursing Leadership & Administration Programs

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in nursing leadership and administration is a degree program designed to enhance leadership skills and promote professionalism of registered nurses. Students acquire the nursing leadership and management skills needed to become successful nursing managers and leaders.

Nurse leaders are the key to moving the nursing profession forward and promoting quality patient care. They are registered nurses (RNs) who are responsible for improving the quality and safety outcomes for patients. Students typically takes courses in team building, mentoring, conflict resolution, clinical practice management, and more. An MSN program in nursing leadership and administration offers RNs an excellent opportunity to expand beyond the clinical aspect of the profession.

In order to earn an MSN in nursing leadership and administration, you’ll need to complete about two years of study. The programs in this list are offered in both hybrid and traditional formats, with flexible scheduling, allowing you to work towards your degree on your timetable.

Walden University

Walden University – Accredited By HLC

MSN in Leadership and Management: “Among all the leadership roles in healthcare, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and service that patients and families receive throughout their healthcare experience. In Walden’s MSN program, you can: Collaborate with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment; Learn from expert teaching faculty – 100% of whom hold doctoral degrees; Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting; and more. This program is for registered nurses who already hold a BSN degree.” Click Here to request information about this program.

RN to MSN in Leadership and Management: “At Walden University, our RN-MSN in Leadership and Management program is designed for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN). Prepare for a management role as a nurse administrator with a targeted curriculum designed to help you develop essential management and leadership skills. Gain insight into how effective, collaborative management can support the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. A comprehensive curriculum helps you gain management strategies in decision making, planning, finance, and human resources.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global – Accredited By HLC

MSN in Executive Leader: “At Purdue University Global, you will focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles. Our MSN in Executive Leader degree program is designed to prepare you for administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in health care systems. As part of this program, you will complete a practicum experience during which you will work with a preceptor who is an experienced seasoned nurse administrator in the contemporary health care setting.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University – Accredited By HLC

RN to MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems: “At Grand Canyon University, our MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, or other related fields, who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. This program provides an overview of leadership styles and the functioning of organizations with an emphasis on communication skills required to establish and maintain effective relationships. Courses include exploration of nursing theory, roles, and practice, as well as research, ethics, policy, and finance in the healthcare system.” Click Here to request information about this program.

RN to MBA and MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems: “Grand Canyon University’s Bridge MBA and MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems program is designed for experienced nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree outside of nursing, but desire to advance to a master’s level degree within nursing. Throughout this MSN and MBA bridge program, you will critically survey foundations of advanced nursing practice and leadership. That means engaging in six graduate-level courses that build your: Mastery of evidence-based practices across professional dynamics; Health assessment; Applied statistics; Nursing research methods; Community and public health; and Pathophysiology.” Click Here to request information about this program.

MBA and MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems: “The MBA and MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems dual degree at Grand Canyon is designed to prepare experienced nurses who have earned a BSN to develop cross-functional business management skills and leadership competencies in nursing. As an MSN-MBA student, you’ll study leadership theory and application, finance, quantitative methods, marketing management, managerial accounting, operations management, ethics in the healthcare system, and more. These advanced business theories are integrated into a program that features nursing practice application and the behavioral forces and relationships that can impact business processes.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

South University

South University – Accredited By SACS

MSN in Nurse Administrator: “The MSN degree program at South University is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of registered nurses. It is also designed for those nurses who want to pursue more advanced positions in today’s challenging health care environment. Graduates of the MSN in Nurse Administrator program may be involved in the design of healthcare delivery systems, making policy and financial decisions, promoting patient safety and quality improvement in patient care, and incorporating technology, contemporary practice and ethics into delivery of healthcare.” Click Here to request information about this program.

RN to MSN in Nurse Administrator: “Are you a licensed and registered nurse that is interested in advancing your nursing practice, but still don’t have your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree? South University’s RN to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to bridge that gap and help you move quickly from registered nurse to your BSN and to your advanced practice master’s degree. Graduates of the MSN in Nurse Administrator program may be involved in the design of healthcare delivery systems, making policy and financial decisions, promoting patient safety and quality improvement in patient care, and incorporating technology, contemporary practice and ethics into delivery of healthcare.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Grantham University

Grantham University – Accredited By DEAC

MSN in Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership: “The MSN in Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership program at Grantham prepares the professional registered nurse with additional knowledge and clinical expertise in management and organizational leadership that builds on baccalaureate nursing education and practice. Additional knowledge and clinical expertise are developed in areas of leadership and management, human diversity and social issues, health promotion and disease prevention, and research and professional practice related to current trends and issues in today’s global society.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University – Accredited By SACS

MSN in Executive Nurse Leadership: “Experienced nurses understand better than anyone how administrative decisions affect patient care. In the MSN in Executive Leadership program at Nova Southeastern University, you’ll learn how to operate like an executive while remaining focused on the patient. With 21 credits dedicated to the specialization, you’re ready to lead in management and administration positions.” Click Here to request information about this program.

RN to MSN in Executive Nurse Leadership: “If you’re an RN who has long-term career goals that involve educating others, using data sets and technologies, or executive management, you’ll save time and money with our accelerated, dual-degree program at NSU. Experienced nurses understand better than anyone how administrative decisions affect patient care. In our Executive Leadership specialization, you’ll learn how to operate like an executive while remaining focused on the patient. With 21 credits dedicated to the specialization, you’re ready to lead in management and administration positions.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Utica College

Utica College – Accredited By MSCHE

MSN in Nursing Leadership: “Utica College’s online MSN in Nursing Leadership program expands your leadership ability and business knowledge so you can maximize your nursing skills to take on more significant management roles. The Nursing Leadership curriculum requires 180 hours of practicum experience working with a qualified nurse leader. This program prepares you to become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) through American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University – Accredited By HLC

MSN in Nursing Administration: “In the online MSN in Nursing Administration program at Indiana Wesleyan University, students will be educated as sound fiscal and personnel managers who are effective stewards of health care resources. Coursework and onsite practicum components address organizational behavior, human resources, finance, and role development. Participants will be prepared to assume leadership roles within a variety of health care settings. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate credentialing body.” Click Here to request information about this program.

ASN to MSN in Nursing Administration: “The ASN-MSN program at Indiana Wesleyan builds upon the students’ prior educational and professional experiences through adult learning modalities. When applying for the ASN-MSN program, the student may choose between the Nursing Administration major and the Nursing Education major of the MSN program. Students in this online program will take nursing administration courses like Innovative Strategies for Nurse Leaders, Managements of Healthcare Delivery Systems, Organization and Finance of Healthcare, and more. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be eligible for certification in Nursing Administration.” Click Here to request information about this program.

MSN in Nursing Administration (Post MBA): “For the student who has completed an MBA degree, this online program at Indiana Wesleyan University provides an accelerated opportunity to complete the MSN in Nursing Administration. This major is designed to develop sound fiscal and personnel managers who are effective stewards of healthcare resources. It includes an onsite, 140-hour practicum component, as well as courses in organizational behavior, finance, and role development. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles within a variety of health care settings. ” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Benedictine University

Benedictine University – Accredited By HLC

MSN in Nurse Executive Leader: “Benedictine University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to teach nurses to rise to the challenges of today’s complex health care environment and to help them advance their careers. The Nurse Executive Leader concentration prepares nurses for high-level managerial jobs with coursework in organizational skills such as collaboration, communication, planning, and critical thinking leaders need to effectively run a unit, department or facility. Coursework can prepare students for related certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

University of Saint Mary

University of Saint Mary – Accredited By HLC

MSN in Nurse Administrator: “The MSN degree from University of Saint Mary prepares you for advanced career opportunities and a doctoral program, which would unlock even more career options. Our Nurse Administrator concentration will give you the credentials and knowledge suited for management and executive-level positions, as well as help you define the quality of care in health care organizations, large and small. This program is offered in a 100% convenient online format, allows you to complete clinical hours at work, is accredited by the CCNE, and does not require a residency.” Click Here to request information about this program.

 

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University – Accredited By MSCHE

MSN in Health Systems Administration: “Seton Hall’s M.S.N, H.S.A. program prepares students to successfully perform as executive nurses in today’s healthcare reform environment. Students graduate with the skills in nursing, finance, strategic planning, operations, and care delivery to advocate for quality care while addressing the realities of cost. The program provides the comprehensive preparation needed for administrative nursing roles through an annual research day, regular case analysis, field research, interviews, and budget creation. Students gain additional exposure through two internships, one in managed care and reimbursement, and another in health systems administration.” Click Here to request information about this program.