Our online, accelerated MSN in Nursing Leadership & Management program allows you to enhance your career — moving from an associate’s degree in nursing to a master’s in nursing.

Blending theory and practice, our online master's degree in Nursing Leadership and Management will help prepare you for administrative and management positions in health care and help you increase your earning potential. Advance your career while continuing to work full time.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Projected 10-year growth for health and medical service manager jobs

Program Length

As little as 20 months


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • RNs with a diploma or ADN who want to earn an MSN
  • Nurses seeking a convenient and accelerated way to move from an associate’s degree to a master’s in nursing
  • Nurses in or seeking leadership positions

Career Paths

  • Department Director
  • Regional Director
  • Case Manager
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Unit Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Care Coordinator

What You’ll Learn

In our online ADN to MSN Nursing Leadership & Management program, you will gain the skills to become a nursing leader with a strong understanding of health care business concepts and practical leadership strategies. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Create processes that will achieve quality, cost-effective, and ethical health outcomes.
  • Evaluate quality and safety measures in your health care environment.
  • Incorporate principles of servant leadership into policy changes.
  • Collaborate with others to improve the quality of professional nursing practice and health care policy.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice for performance improvement.
  • Demonstrate effective principles of change while providing client-centered care.


Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

Community as Partner (3 credits)

Investigate practice of community health nursing and public health nursing; models of community assessment, data analysis, formulation of a health community nursing diagnosis; and planning, implementation, and evaluation of a community health promotion program. The diverse roles, strategies and interventions that community and public health nurses utilize to promote population health are analyzed.

Resilient Nursing Leadership (4 credits)

Complexities of the current United States health care environment require nurse leaders to act with moral courage and inspire transdisciplinary teams toward systems transformation. As healers, resilient nurse leaders are responsible to foster a spirit of community, promote adaptability, focus on patient-centered decision making, and establish innovative practices that sustain high quality care. This course requires students to explore leadership philosophies, design strategies for continued professional growth, and accept greater accountability as a leader in advancing health care.  

Contemporary Issues in Health Care Administration (3 credits)

The field of health care is rapidly changing. Effective administrators and managers must stay abreast of current issues to proactively assess and prepare for the impact to their particular field within the industry. This course discusses and evaluates evolving issues and provides a venue for debate and analysis of potential impact.

View the student handbook for more information.

View a sample program of study.

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For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu
  • Current unencumbered RN license

For more information about our admission requirements, please visit this page.

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