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

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, and accredited program.

Blending theory and practice, the online master's degree in nursing leadership and management opens up opportunities for nurses in administrative and management positions in healthcare. 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. And, as part of the online MSN program, students are required to participate in a practical experience within a clinical setting.

If you currently hold an associate’s degree and are looking to expand your nursing career opportunities, our ADN to MSN online program may be for you!


BSN 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 BSN to MSN Nursing Leadership and Management program offers students opportunities to:

  1. Participate in Unique Clinical Experiences

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

  2. Earn Your Degree with Flexibility and Convenience

    Students can complete their MSN degrees 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 program at the University of Mary encourages collaboration amongst the students. Classes were arranged so I could remain employed and be successful in the program. There was great support from the instructors and other staff from the university.”

Elaine Arion
Elaine Arion, Class of 2011, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Ridgeview Medical Center

Why Earn Your MSN Degree?

The BSN to MSN program at the University of Mary offers students the opportunity to succeed in a growing job market.

Financial Benefit

As of May 2017, the median pay for medical and health services managers was $98,350 per year (or $47.29 per hour).

Forecasted Industry Growth

In 2016, there were 352,200 medical and health services manager positions nationally. With forecasted industry growth of 20% between 2016 and 2026, this profession will grow much faster on average than other professions. The medical and health services manager industry will add 72,100 more jobs between 2016 and 2026, increasing the demand for degreed professionals nationwide.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers


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. 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.

This online MSN degree includes a seminar and service project. Students will complete a total of 500 hours of practical leadership experience 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.

Required Courses

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.

Can I work while I earn my degree?

Yes, the BSN 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.

When can I start my classwork?

Classes begin three main times during the year – January, May, and September. However, smaller starts may be available throughout the year, allowing you to begin your courses as soon as you’re ready.

Does this program require the GRE or other prerequisites?

The GRE and other prerequisites are not required. However, the program does require a statistics course (graduate or undergraduate) or transfer course equivalent from an accredited college or university. If you need the statistics course, it is integrated as part of your program of study so you do not need to take it beforehand.

How long does it take to earn an MSN degree?

The average completion time for a BSN to MSN degree is 16 months.

How do I apply?

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