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 healthcare settings
  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Lead quality and safety initiatives 
  • Implement evidence-based practice 

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

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 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
Specialty MS(N) Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems Courses
NURSE 8820Health Care Financial Management4
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8860Organizations and Human Resource Management in Nursing3
NURSE 8960Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems Practicum5
NURSE 8990Practice Inquiry1

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans of study can be found on the Sinclair School of Nursing MSN webpage.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the Master of Science 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 have applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

Application Deadlines: After the application deadline, submitted materials will be reviewed. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance decision within four weeks. Program application timelines vary by emphasis area. Refer to How to Apply for specific deadlines.

Admission Contact Information
School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
573- 882-0200