Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems

Accredited, Online Nursing Master's Degree from a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education


Today's visionary leaders are shaping tomorrow's nursing profession. Become one of these leaders by earning a Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems) from Excelsior College.

Designed for working nurses who are efficient, organized, and highly motivated, this master's in nursing degree will empower you to improve care at an organizational level. You'll learn to build teams, manage resources, evaluate performance, and design and implement long-range strategic initiatives.

Our dynamic, online classes cover real-world subject matter such as:

  • Information management
  • New health care technologies
  • Supportive work environments
  • Interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Budgets and funding

Here's a closer look at the degree requirements for Excelsior's MS in Nursing. (PDF)

A Nursing Master's Degree for the 21st Century

One of the nation's most innovative nursing institutions since 1971, the Excelsior College School of Nursing was honored as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2011-2016, the third consecutive time we've earned this designation.

We helped pioneer online nursing education and remain leaders in the field.  (Find out what sets Excelsior's nursing programs apart.)

By specializing in Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems, you will:

  • Take online classes that let you keep control of your schedule—you'll study where and when it's convenient for you.
  • Work with distinguished faculty who are national leaders in their field.
  • Interact directly with classmates and faculty through Excelsior's online communities.
  • Get support from an award-winning team of academic advisors.
  • Pay affordable tuition and low fees, with generous financial support. (Get the dollar amounts today so you can begin planning.)

With a nursing master's degree from Excelsior, you'll position yourself to advance your career and increase your earning power. The specialization in nursing leadership and administration of health care systems prepares you for leadership positions such as nurse administrator, chief nursing officer, or VP of nursing.

  1. Function as a leader and change agent to promote holistic patient-centered care and population health.
  2. Translate evidence to develop health care practices in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society.
  3. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines that are essential for nursing judgment and practice.
  4. Integrate specialty practice knowledge to enhance interprofessional collaboration, inform decisions, and improve health outcomes.
  5. Exemplify professional values and standards, best practices, and the commitment to lifelong learning in the role of the master's-prepared nurse.
  6. Implement the role of master's-prepared nurse as part of the interprofessional team.
  7. Integrate scholarship, a spirit of inquiry, and innovation to support nursing excellence.

All Excelsior College nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Minimum of 37 credits: 23 for phase I, 9 for phase II, 5 for phase III.

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