M.S. in Nursing – Health Care Systems Management

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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.

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Health Care Systems Management from MSOE, with its unique blend of nursing and business concepts will 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 and nurse entrepreneurs must have the capacity to manage financial resources, manage human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice. The curriculum in the MSN program 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 in Health Care Systems Management is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts.

Designed to accommodate busy working professionals, courses are available via blended-online format. This combines the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning. The blended-online delivery format provides flexibility to balance graduate education with work and family responsibilities.

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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 fact-to-face during alternating weeks. Meetings occur during the evening on “even” numbered or “odd” numbered weeks each academic term. Online learning activities are scheduled during non-meeting weeks and are facilitated via MSOE’s Blackboard instructional platform. Digital lectures, interactive discussions, investigative case studies, computerized simulations and synchronous chats are examples of online learning experiences used by MSOE faculty.

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:

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

For more information, contact:

MSOE Admissions
(800) 321-6763


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

Program goals are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve. Graduates of the MSN program will:

  • 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

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. 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.