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.
Study 100% online with no campus visits required
No waiting list once you’re accepted
Complete projects locally in your preferred setting
No GMAT, GRE, or Statistics required for admission
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:
Chief Nurse Executive
Surgical Nurse Manager
Clinical Research Specialist
Government Chief Nursing Officer
Medical and Health Services Manager
*Based on data compiled by PayScale.com.
**Based on data compiled by Indeed.com. †Based on data compiled by the BLS.
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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.
A master's-prepared nurse is expected to critique, evaluate and utilize appropriate theory within his/her practice. This course focuses on the application of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to guide decision making that enhances health for culturally diverse populations. A variety of theories, e.g., developmental, systems, psychodynamic, physiological, and nursing theories relevant to health and illness care and organizations are explored. (3 credit hours)
Leadership and Quality
This course focuses on preparing the graduate nursing student to assume leadership roles on interprofessional teams that effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. The course explores using a complexity science and systems theory approach to analyze organizations and the provision of health care within those organizations, as well as plan change strategies to improve the care environment. Budget and marketing principles will also be discussed. (3 credit hours)
Health Care Policy
The advanced practice nurse needs to understand the complexities and functioning of health care delivery systems, health care financing systems, and the development and implications of health care policies that guide those systems. The philosophical and sociocultural underpinnings of health care policy are examined. (3 credit hours)
Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Evidence-based practice is the deliberate use of current best practice in making informed decisions about patient care. This course emphasizes evidence-based practice as it relates to changing and improving nursing practice. Students systematically explore and evaluate current nursing knowledge for scientific and clinical merit. (3 credit hours)
NURS 670 / MHA 630
Health Care Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
NURS 671 / MHA 655
Health Care Finance
NURS 704 / NURS 672
Quality and Patient Safety
Communication Dynamics in Health Care
Population Health in Evolving Health Care Systems
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Leadership
Innovative Leadership Project
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.
Learn more about our online MSN in Leadership program.