MS in Nursing with Emphasis in Leadership in Nursing and Health Care Systems

Degree Requirements

All students pursing the MS(N) degree must complete a minimum of 33 to 41 credit hours of graduate coursework. Credit hours vary depending upon the student’s area of study. Previous graduate level coursework from another institution may be accepted toward the degree depending upon transcript review. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in order to graduate.

Area of Study Information

For more information about the Leadership in Nursing and Health Care Systems emphasis, please see our website.

Sample Plan of Study

This plan of study is for the post-baccalaureate, three-year plan.  For more plans of study visit our website.  

First Year
NURSE 71003NURSE 71503NURSE 71103
NURSE 88204 Graduate Statistics required before admission (entering Summer) 
 7 3 3
Second Year
NURSE 89403NURSE 8860 Organizations and Human Resource Management in Nursing (course to begin Spring 2016)3NURSE 89103
NURSE 83003  
 6 3 3
Third Year
NURSE 8920 (60 clinical hours)3NURSE 8960 (180 hour practicum)5 
 Master's ExamNo credit 
 3 5  
Total Credits: 33

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

In additional to the Course Requirements, all Masters Students are required to complete either a Thesis or Masters Examination. The Master’s Thesis (N8090) requires independent research aimed at discovery and/or development of elements or relationships derived from a nursing theory. The Master’s Examination (MS exam) consists of a paper that should reflect the graduate student’s grasp and synthesis of the clinical and theoretical knowledge gained in the course of study.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MS in Nursing 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.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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