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

The Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems MS(N) program curriculum prepares nurses to:

  • Manage clinical efforts across health care settings
  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Lead quality and safety initiatives 
  • Implement evidence-based practice 

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.

The MS(N) Leadership curriculum provides core master’s coursework in combination with leadership specialty courses. Leadership specialty courses focus on principles of leadership within healthcare organizations, management of human resources, health care financial management, and managing quality, safety and performance outcomes.

Core MS(N) courses
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7100Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing3
NURSE 7150Research Basis for Advanced Nursing3
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 8940Nursing and Health Policy3
NURSE 8300Public Health and Sociocultural Issues3
Specialty MS(N) Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems Courses
NURSE 8820Health Care Financial Management4
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8860Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing3
NURSE 8960Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems Practicum5

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 88603NURSE 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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