Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing; Management; Leadership
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

BSN to MSN Online Degree Program: Nursing Leadership and Management

Nurses: Expand your nursing career opportunities and income potential by taking the next step with an MSN degree! You can earn your master’s degree in nursing leadership and management from the University of Mary in an online, accelerated, accredited program.

Blending theory and practice, the online master's degree in nursing leadership and management provides nurses an opportunity for administrative and management positions in healthcare settings. This online BSN to MSN program provides a broad background in healthcare business concepts with an emphasis on leadership and management in the context of advanced nursing practice in healthcare. As part of the online MSN program, students are required to participate in a practical experience within a clinical setting.

BSN to MSN Online Degree Program Highlights

The University of Mary is an accredited Christian, Catholic college founded by Benedictine sisters who have a long history of leadership and service in nursing. In the BSN to MSN online program, you will develop the skills to be a service-minded nursing leader or manager who can innovate and create system-wide changes built on evidence-based decisions.

  1. Participate in unique clinical opportunities

    The online BSN to MSN program includes unique clinical opportunities to gain practical experience through coursework. Infused with Benedictine values, the program prepares nurses with a unique blend of clinical and leadership skills necessary to manage and administrate nursing programs, and make broad contributions to the healthcare system as a whole.

  2. Earn your degree with flexibility and convenience

    Students can complete their MSN degree online with flexibility and convenience while balancing work and family obligations at home. Online classes are led by faculty who are professionals in their fields and encourage collaborative learning through discussion and hands-on management experience.

The BSN to MSN online program at the University of Mary is accredited by the CCNE (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education).




The Nursing Leadership and Management program at the University of Mary includes courses covering a wide range of topics, such as nursing leadership, current issues in healthcare administration, management and organizational behavior, healthcare law and policy, and more.

This online MSN degree includes a seminar and service project. Students complete a total of 500 hours of practical leadership experiences as part of coursework assignments.

An undergraduate or graduate statistics course must be successfully completed prior to the nursing leadership and management program of study.

Healthcare extends beyond traditional settings of care trans­actions. It includes not only hospitals and clinics but also, in a growing capacity, the world (i.e., communities, regions, and countries). Public health knowledge is grounded in principles of epidemiology and influenced by genetics and genomics. Utilizing principles of both, students will explore environmental health, ethical health disparities, and issues of social justice.

3 semester credits

Understanding and utilizing research findings are fundamental skills that are needed to advance the nursing profession. This course focuses on advanced scholarly activities that are utilized to conduct nursing research. The history of nursing research; steps that are utilized to conduct research; and differences between the utilization of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are discussed.  The modeling of servant leadership principles that includes the incorporation of research into one’s own practice; engaging in and encouraging activities to generate evidence; and promoting others to use research findings will be explored.

3 semester credits

Efforts to optimize delivery of high quality, safe and effective healthcare in a cost-effective fashion are the objective of nurse leaders. Factors affecting the financial health of an organiza­tion including economics, federal and state payment systems and regulations, and private insurance issues are investi­gated. Principles of healthcare financing, budgeting, cost/benefit analysis, and fiscal reporting will be explored. The course will culminate in development of a business plan that demonstrates responsible management of financial resources.

3 semester credits

The health of an organization, a population, or an indi­vidual relies heavily on strategic decision-making based on evidenced based findings yet individualized to the unique setting they are applied in. This course will engage students in principles of evidence based practice and knowledge translation. Topics focused on will include healthcare quality, patient safety, population health, and healthcare informatics/technologies.

2 semester credits

Complexities of the current United States healthcare envi­ronment call for nurses to function within and often lead interdisciplinary teams in works toward improved care and outcomes. Developing accountability for advancing the field of nursing and designing strategies for continued profes­sional growth while consistently making patient-centered, culturally sensitive and data driven decisions in the spirit of a professional environment is the focus of this course. Servant and transformational styles are the leadership philosophies targeted.

2 semester credits, 30 clinical experience hours

This course provides a framework of professional standards that serve as the foundation to nursing education, practice and professionalism. The course will immerse students in the profession’s historical roots as well as current and future issues, roles, practice environments, and opportunities. Upon completion of the course, student will be prepared to role model behaviors that effectively advocate efforts to promote positive patient outcomes and advance the profession.

3 semester credits

The nursing profession plays an integral role in the future of healthcare in the United States.  As a practice discipline, students will be paired with a leadership mentor for real world observation and application of leadership principles in systems thinking, innovation, change management, evidence-based practice, communication, conflict resolution, and decision making.

2 semester credits

Provides a legal analysis of healthcare from a broad perspec­tive and incorporates a discussion and study of healthcare policy; explores the role that law plays in promoting the quality of healthcare, organizing the delivery of healthcare, methods used to control the cost of healthcare, promoting access to necessary healthcare, and protecting human rights of those who are provided healthcare.

3 semester credits

Students will initiate a capstone project within a healthcare organization as a member of a team. Working in consulta­tion with a nursing leader a clinical practice question will be identified. The students will work together in teams to analyze the clinical practice problem, design specific clin­ical practice project recommendations and identify methods for measuring project outcomes. As a result of this course, the student will be prepared to implement and measure effectiveness of the clinical project in NUR 697 Seminar and Service Project II.

3 semester credits, 200 clinical experience hours, 220 leadership experience hours

Students, working as a member of intra-professional and inter-professional teams, will execute project implementa­tion and outcome measurement strategies for the clinical project initiated in NUR 696 Seminar and Service Project I. In this course students will achieve university and organi­zational Institutional Review Board approval to implement, and subsequently measure and disseminate findings of the clinical project.

3 semester credits, 200 leadership experience hours

Managers can be more effective leaders and decision makers by utilizing knowledge from the field of organizational behavior, which focuses on understanding human behavior at the individual and group level within the context of an organization. Concepts that influence behavior such as group dynamics, organization culture, motivation, power and politics, and conflict management are some of the specific areas covered in this course.

3 semester credits

This course will study the nature of human resource management, staffing the organization, developing human resources, compensating human resources and managing employee relations. The course emphasizes the need for HR professionals to effectively contribute to their organization as a strategic and knowledgeable business partner. Course competencies and outcomes focus on the importance of integrating HR knowledge with business essentials.

3 semester credits

The field of healthcare 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.

3 semester credits

Master’s students register for HUM 799 the final term of their tenure in the program of study to meet the University and program assessment requirement as specified in the graduate section of the catalog.

0 semester credits

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current Unencumbered RN License
  • Official transcripts from all degree granting institutions attended
  • Two letters of reference
  • Criminal background check
  • Criminal background check release form
  • Resume
  • Goal statement

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Admission Requirements

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program. 

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted or denied admission to the program.

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