Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Leadership & Administration

Be more than an excellent nurse. Become a nurse leader.

Extend your reach and touch more lives by moving into leadership and management in nursing roles.  With an MSN in Leadership and Administration from Herzing, you will prepare to facilitate change to achieve positive outcomes by building on your clinical expertise to understand the business of healthcare.

Nursing Administration Degree Program Highlights

  • Programmatic accreditation* 
  • 36-credit online program that can be completed in 16 months
  • Full-time and part-time options available
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) core components integrated into the curriculum
  • Students are fully prepared to sit for the Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) credentialing exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Classes start May 6.
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Programmatic accreditation* acknowledges that Herzing's nursing programs meet specific national standards including institutional resources, quality curriculum and teaching practices, and program outcomes related to completion rates, pass rates and employment.  


Gain the Skills to Lead the Way

Nurse administrators combine expert technical skills with leadership skills that set them apart. As doctorally-prepared, licensed registered nurses with a BSN, our faculty can offer you the knowledge to prepare you to lead. By building on your clinical expertise with business and organizational knowledge, you can more confidently prepare for leadership and management positions in nursing.

Through our MSN in leadership specialization, you will:

  • Gain the tools to help you plan, implement and evaluate system-wide strategies to move your organization toward successful outcomes.
  • Develop the business understanding to make high-level administrative decisions.
  • Be prepared to analyze the impact regulatory agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services, exert on healthcare systems.  This includes human resources, fiscal stability and reimbursements, total quality improvement and attaining positive outcomes within a system.
  • Gain the skills to help you confidently apply ethical and legal principles when making decisions to ensure the best care for all patients and their unique needs.

Nurses know their career field is ever-changing. A MSN in nursing leadership can help you stay at the forefront by offering you the tools you need to effectively evaluate your organization’s ability to adapt to the changing healthcare landscape.


What can I do as a Nurse Leader?

Grow your impact - and your career.  Nurses who pair their clinical expertise with a master’s degree are prepared to take on rewarding challenges. They combine clinical expertise, compassionate care, business know-how and organizational insights that extend well beyond the walls of a patient room.

With a master's in nursing administration degree, you can extend your impact by touching even more lives. Advance your career by overseeing your entire unit. Or go beyond your nursing floor and become a director, nurse executive or even chief nursing officer overseeing an entire healthcare system.

As a graduate of Herzing's nursing administration degree program you'll be well-prepared to work in management or leadership and administrative roles in settings such as:

  •  Acute care, primary care settings such as hospitals and clinics
  •  Major health systems
  • Community-based health agencies


MSN-Nursing Leadership and Administration Program Curriculum

Focus on healthcare organizations as adaptive systems.

When it comes to nursing, no two days are the same. Healthcare is always innovating and changing. That’s why our program curriculum focuses on healthcare organizations as adaptive systems. Here, you’ll obtain the skills needed to understand the complex healthcare system. You’ll also gain the knowledge necessary to help facilitate change to achieve positive outcomes.

Integration of AONE core components

Herzing University’s MSN-Nursing Leadership and Administration degree program includes MSN core courses, specialty concentration courses, a direct-care clinical course and a leadership practicum course. Our faculty have integrated the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) core components into the curriculum, which prepares our students to meet the competencies of nurse executives. Graduates are fully prepared to sit for the nurse executive-board certified (NE-BC) credentialing exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Required Core Courses

18.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in Nursing Leadership Concentration

15.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Graduate Practicum

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

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Program Requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s nursing administration program, prospective students must live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the MSN-Nursing Leadership and Administration program, and:

  1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice. (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement.)
  2. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited university or college with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


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*The master’s degree program in nursing at Herzing University Online is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Not all programs approved in all states. 

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Judith Reilley Online

Herzing’s nursing courses helped me grow professionally, and my instructors gave constructive feedback that helped ensure my success in the program. I had excellent instructors who were dedicated to helping me learn, and they truly got to know each of their students.