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

ADN to MSN Online Degree Program: Nursing Leadership and Management

Nurses: If you have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and want to earn a graduate degree in nursing (MSN) online, this is the program for you! The University of Mary in North Dakota offers an online, accelerated ADN to MSN program in nursing leadership and management.

In the ADN to MSN online program, you will gain a strong background in healthcare business concepts that emphasize leadership in the context of advanced nursing practice in healthcare. As part of Mary’s accredited nursing master’s degree program, you will have the opportunity to identify and partner with a healthcare organization and nursing leader to take part in a clinical experience.

ADN to MSN Online Degree Program Highlights

The University of Mary, an accredited, Catholic university, was founded by Benedictine sisters with a long history of leadership and service in the field of nursing. The online ADN to MSN Nursing Leadership and Management program offers students opportunities to:

  1. Gain the skills to be a nursing leader

    Learn from top nursing professionals who incorporate Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values into the master’s degree curriculum. Gain the skills to be service-minded nursing leaders and managers who can innovate using evidence-based practice decisions.

  2. Participate in practical leadership experiences

    Take part in exciting, on-site practical leadership experiences in which you learn through collaboration and gain hands-on experience. In addition, you'll have ongoing access to expert advisors who offer valuable academic guidance.

The University of Mary ADN to MSN Nursing Leadership and Management degree includes courses in evidence-based practice and strategic healthcare decision making, management and organizational behavior, healthcare finance and budgeting, human resource management, and more.

 The ADN to MSN online degree program also includes a capstone service project designed to guide students in the integration of nursing and management theory with a practical application.

Students complete a total of 500 hours of practical leadership experiences as part of coursework assignments in this program. An undergraduate or graduate statistics course must be successfully completed prior to the nurse administrator program of study.

Graduation requirements or transfer course equivalent: Students must complete or transfer in credit for an undergraduate or graduate statistics course.

Required Courses

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Nursing Diploma or Associate Degree from an accredited institution
  • 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
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding

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Admission Requirements

If you are considering a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Mary, you might also be interested in the following programs offered online, at distance learning locations, and/or at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota:

Can I work while I earn my degree?

Yes, the ADN to MSN program is flexible and designed for working professional nurses. Classes can be taken on a full-time or part-time schedule to allow you to have a         good work-life-school balance. 

Can I go from ADN to MSN?

Yes, you can earn your MSN with a previous ADN. However, a BSN is not conferred in the middle of this degree. Depending on your career goals, you may want to consider an RN to BSN. Contact our admission representatives to learn more about the best options for you.

Does this program require the GRE or other prerequisites?

The GRE and other prerequisites are not required. However, the program includes graduation requirements or transfer course equivalents. If you need a course, it is integrated as part of your program of study. We also accept transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities, eliminating the need for you to take a class again.

How long does it take to earn an MSN degree?

The average completion time for an ADN to MSN degree is 20 months.

How do I apply?

It’s easy to apply, visit to apply online or email [email protected] with any questions.