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Online MSN in Leadership

Make a difference.
On a larger scale.

Maryville University is proud to offer online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs that not only prepare experienced nurses for greater career success, but also help brave nursing professionals prepare to lead and make a real, lasting difference.

Our courses offer the skills and knowledge you need to prepare to advance your nursing career in today’s healthcare industry. Maryville’s online MSN in Leadership concentration focuses on how healthcare organizations function — with a focus on financial and human resource management, effective communication, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Nursing leaders play a crucial role in every type of practice environment — delivering quality patient care while coordinating the workplace and managing a team of nurses. Those teams may consist of a small group of nurses, several nursing units, an entire department, or even an entire health system.

Maryville’s online MSN-Leadership program is for those nurses with the courage to aspire to be leaders in healthcare and those who seek executive and policymaking roles.

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Why become a nursing leader?

As the healthcare industry continues to grow at an extraordinary pace, it requires more leaders to not only help manage it, but also help ensure it evolves in the right direction.

Your online MSN in Leadership from Maryville can provide the skills and knowledge you need to assume a position of influence — where your dedication, experience, and passion can effect change on a larger scale.

Assuming leadership roles can also lead to better compensation. As the demand for nursing leaders continues to rise, so do the salaries. Our online MSN-Leadership can prepare you for a number of different leadership positions that are predicted to experience significant growth in the coming years.

Why choose Maryville for your online MSN in Leadership?

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools List. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered 100% online. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:

  • Streamline your time and talent to earn a post-master’s certificate.
  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
  • Explore important topics that will help pave the way to a better future for yourself and the nurses who follow in your footsteps.
  • Take the opportunity to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge your assumptions.
  • Learn from an expert faculty of nursing leaders who openly share their experiences and insights regarding public health and the nursing profession.

What careers can you pursue with an online MSN in Leadership?

Nursing is a growing industry. That means leaders and supervisors will be in high demand as the population ages and more nurses retire. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job outlook for medical and health services managers to grow by 20% between 2016 and 2026 — nearly three times the average for all careers.

Nursing careers in plenty of arenas are growing just as fast, and many of these fields can provide rewarding and lucrative opportunities for prospective nursing leaders. Earning your online Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Leadership can open up a world of opportunities in a wide range of roles and settings.

We designed our program, which features crossover courses with our business department, to help you build your expertise in high-demand areas so you can fill these important roles. Prepare to build your skill set in nursing management, healthcare finance, communication, emotional intelligence, performance coaching, and more so you can prepare to take on leadership roles wherever your nursing career takes you.

Here’s just a small sample of the type of roles you can pursue:

Nursing Manager


Chief Nurse Executive


Surgical Nurse Manager


Clinical Research Specialist


Government Chief Nursing Officer


Medical and Health Services Manager


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The Master of Science in Nursing program at Maryville University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

MSN in Leadership Curriculum

This 36-credit-hour program was designed to be completed in as few as six semesters — with potentially life-changing results. Coursework is 100% online, and there’s no clinical requirement.

MSN-Leadership Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 619Leadership and Quality 3 Credits
NURS 602Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 670 / MHA 630Health Care Human Resources and Organizational Behavior3 Credits
NURS 671 / MHA 655Health Care Finance3 Credits
NURS 704 / NURS 672Quality and Patient Safety3 Credits
NURS 673Communication Dynamics in Health Care3 Credits
NURS 674Population Health in Evolving Health Care Systems3 Credits
NURS 675Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Leadership3 Credits
NURS 676Knowledge Management3 Credits
NURS 677Innovative Leadership Project3 Credits

The MSN-Leadership concentration is not accepting applications for students from New York, Tennessee, or Washington at this time. If that changes, a member of our enrollment team will contact you.