M.S. in Nursing – Leadership and Management Track

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The demand for well-educated, business oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at MSOE focuses on leadership and health care management. The program uniquely blends nursing and business concepts to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. MSOE’s MSN program is based on the fact that nurses at mid-management and executive levels, as well as nurse entrepreneurs, must have the capacity to manage financial resources and human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice. MSOE’s curriculum meets this need by blending the expertise of the faculty of the School of Nursing and the Rader School of Business with the student’s knowledge and experience. The MSN is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts to build competencies in leadership and management skills.

The MSN features strategic business and nursing content with analysis of leading edge health care cases, and requires you to apply your learning to solve real problems in your organization. With options to complete courses 100% online, or in blended Internet format, you choose the method of learning that works best. Students complete the program at their own pace, working with a faculty advisor to identify a part-time or full-time sequence.

MSOE professors possess world-class academic credentials, have substantial nursing and business leadership experience, and are outstanding teachers.

  • Classes are offered 100% online or in MSOE’s blended Internet format (technology enhanced delivery that utilizes a combination of scheduled face-to-face classes and online delivery).
  • Our course delivery options add flexibility to your learning options. The amount of time you spend sitting in class is reduced, while time spent on project-focused learning is enhanced.
  • Time to completion is yours to control. You can attend on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • The innovative and integrated design of the MSOE MSN focuses your learning at the graduate level with no need for refresher, foundation or prerequisite steps once you are admitted.

Blended Internet delivery

Blended Internet delivery combines the rich faculty/student interaction that is the hallmark of an MSOE education with the flexibility of online learning. The amount of time students spend in class is reduced, while time spent on project-focused learning is enhanced. MSOE’s blended classes meet face-to-face three or four times per quarter.

100% online delivery

Geography is not a constraint for students interested in completing the MSN at a distance. In addition to the blended Internet format mentioned above, there also is an option to take courses via 100% online distance delivery. The rich faculty/student interaction that is the hallmark of an MSOE education is replicated in online classes creating dynamic and flexible learning environments.

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More about the School of Nursing

Learn about the Ruehlow Nursing Complex

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex at MSOE is home to the School of Nursing. The $3 million, 25,000 square-foot complex features nursing classrooms, simulation labs, a simulation hospital and faculty offices.

Admission Checklist and Requirements

Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and over 70% receive employer tuition support. If you are employed, we also recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance.

Program Director:

Jenks_DebraDebra L. Jenks, RN, Ph.D.
(414) 277-4516

For more information, contact

MSOE Graduate Admissions
(800) 332-6763


CCNE Accreditation SealThe master’s degree in nursing at MSOE is accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program information sheet


NU-6300 Nurse Leader and Manager: Professional and Personal Development (2 credits)
NU-6330 Health Care Policy and Regulation (4 credits)
NU-6900 Project Management for Leading Change (4 credits)
NU-6340 Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2 credits)
MB-6100 Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics (4 credits)
MB-6200 Creating Financial Intelligence (4 credits)
MB-6000 Distributed Leadership for Effective Organizations (4 credits)
NU-6320 Evidence Based Practice and Research (4 credits)
MB-6600 Developing and Leveraging Human Capital (4 credits)
NU-6310 Nurse Leader and Manager: Managing Health Care Delivery (4 credits)
MB-6950 Facilitating Change in Complex Systems (4 credits)
NU-6350 Health Care Management Synthesis I (1 credit)
NU-6370 Nursing Informatics & Technology Management (3 credits)
NU-6360 Health Care Management Synthesis II (3 credits)

PROGRAM CREDITS: 47 quarter credits*

*MSOE follows an academic quarter system. The 47 quarter credits required in this program equate to approximately 30 semester credits of contact and class time.

Program Goals

  • Lead others and manage resources in complex health care systems with a sense of social and ethical responsibility.
  • Have the knowledge and skills desired by employers to progress in their desired career path.
  • Improve systems in health care to positively impact outcomes for patients, families, and communities.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program will:

  • Exhibit exemplary professional practice in the role of leader, mentor and role model for nurses.
  • Effectively lead and manage the nursing workforce and/or interprofessional teams to deliver high quality, safe patient care.
  • Understand and utilize evidence based practice in making decisions that are clinically and fiscally responsible.
  • Create an environment where relationships are valued, shared decision making is expected and where patient care is the main focus.
  • Recognize the professional, ethical and social responsibility inherent in the role of manager and leader.
  • Manage the process of change with a strategic plan that moves the organization forward with an awareness of systems and operational issues.
  • Embrace the use of a variety of technologies as an efficient and effective method to support data drive decisions as well as deliver high quality patient care.
  • Value the importance of engaging in ongoing personal and professional development through a process of lifelong learning.