MS in Care Management

The Master of Science Care Management degree program is fully online and prepares students with post-baccalaureate or post-graduate degrees for a career in care management through the exposure of a variety of different settings and diverse populations. Graduates of the MS Care Management program will provide care management to patients of all ages using interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required. Students must take a minimum of 15 hours of 8000-9000 level course work. No more than forty percent of the total required credit hours may be problems, readings and research hours. For example, in a 38-hour master's degree program, 15 hours may be from problems, readings and research hours.

Key components of this program include:

  • Facilitating the delivery of health care to individuals and families
  • Engaging individuals and families in care plan design
  • Participating in high quality, high value, and cost-effective care
HMI 7430Introduction to Health Informatics3
NURSE 7500Foundations of Care Management: Professional, Legal, Financial, and Business3
NURSE 7510Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, & Physical Assessment for Care Managers3
NURSE 7150Research Basis for Advanced Nursing3
or P_HLTH 7952 Research Methods in Public Health
or SOC_WK 7952 Research Methods in Social Work
NURSE 8150Interprofessional Practice: Transforming Healthcare
NURSE 8940Nursing and Health Policy3
or SOC_WK 8220 Integrated Health Policy and Services
or SOC_WK 8240 Policy and Advocacy for Empowered Aging
or P_HLTH 7850 Mental Health Policy
NURSE 8160Evidence Based Care Management Practice for Individuals and Populations
NURSE 8310Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations3
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8955Care Management Role-Focused Practicum
NURSE 8990Practice Inquiry1
Elective Courses3
NURSE 8720Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness3-5
NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3
SOC_WK 7480Direct Practice with Older Adults3
SOC_WK 7390Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents3
Other electives upon advisor approval

To satisfy requirements for the MS, a student must:

  • Complete an approved plan of study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the program within a five-year period

Because the program is distance-mediated, students are required to obtain the required computer technology for successful participation in distance-mediated courses (see Mizzou Online Computer Requirements).

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Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans of study can be found on the Sinclair School of Nursing Master's webpage.

Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

Each candidate must pass a final examination to demonstrate mastery of the fundamental principles of the work included in the course of study offered for the degree.  This requirement may be fulfilled by completion of NURSE 8990 Practice Inquiry. In this course, students will demonstrate a culmination of knowledge and skills learned throughout the MS program. Students must successfully complete a critical review of the literature in an integrative review format on a healthcare topic of their choice related to their area of study. The MS Examination is the final course product comprised of the comprehensive oral presentation that assists in evaluating the paper process and students meeting program outcomes.

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MS in Care Management program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you've applied.

Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs from students residing in various states. You may find more information at this link:

Admission Contact Information
S235 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211

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