Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Fort Riley, KS
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

ADN to MSN Nursing Leadership and Management Degree Program

In the University of Mary Nursing Leadership and Management ADN to MSN degree program, you will gain a strong background in healthcare business concepts that emphasize leadership in the context of advanced nursing practice in healthcare. As you work through your master’s degree in nursing online or on-site, as part of your program of study you will have the opportunity to identify and partner with a healthcare organization and nursing leader to take part in a clinical experience. 

The ADN to MSN degree gives you experience in practical leadership in management in nursing and is offered both as an accelerated on-site degree program in selected cities and as an accelerated online ADN to MSN program.

Nursing Leadership and Management ADN to MSN Degree Program Highlights

The University of Mary was founded by Benedictine sisters with a long history of leadership and service in the field of nursing. This master’s in Leadership and Management program offers students opportunities to:

  • Gain the skills to be service-minded nursing leaders who can innovate using evidence-based practice decisions.
  • Learn from top nursing professionals who incorporate Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values into the master’s degree curriculum.
  • Take part in exciting, on-site practical leadership experiences in which you learn through collaboration and gain hands-on experience.
  • Earn your master’s degree in nursing leadership and management in an accelerated format, online or on-site at one of the University of Mary’s selected distance learning locations.
  • Have ongoing access to expert advisors who offer valuable academic guidance.


The Nursing Leadership and Management ADN to MSN degree includes a broad spectrum of courses covering: management and organizational behavior, evidence-based practice and strategic healthcare decision making, finance and budgeting, human resource management, and more.

This master’s degree program also includes a capstone service project that involves integrating nursing and management theory in a practical application.

In the ADN to MSN program, students complete a total of 500 hours of practical leadership experiences as part of the coursework.

Students must complete or transfer in credit with the letter grade of a C on all required courses.

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
  • Evidence of successful completion of graduation requirement courses or transfer course equivalent

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Admission Requirements

Dr. Billie Madler

Chair of Graduate Nursing
Professor, Graduate Nursing
Office: Casey 141A 
Phone: (701) 355-8266 
Email: [email protected]

To see the full listing of our faculty please click here.

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.