Go beyond bedside practice


Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Successful completion of the program requires 33 credit hours of course work. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise.

Online courses may require synchronous sessions. Please refer to myzou.missouri.edu for course availability and details.

This degree option provides students with an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary coursework among other MU divisions, including Health Management and Informatics and Social Work, for course credit. The curriculum is designed with flexibility to tailor to the student’s areas of interest and practice. Students gain knowledge of health informatics, research, policy, quality and safety.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Click on the red boxes to learn more about a course. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


Graduate Statistics Required Before Admissions - Choose one course below

NURSE 7010 Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers  X
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health SciencesXXX
ESC_PS 7170 Introduction to Applied StatisticsXXX

Required Courses (30 credit hours)

HMI 7430 Introduction to Health InformaticsXX 
NURSE 7500 Foundations of Care Management: Professional, Legal, Financial, and Business   
NURSE 7510 Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, & Physical Assessment for Care Managers X 
NURSE 7150 Research Basis for Advanced Nursing
Alternative approved courses: P_HLTH 7952 or SOC_WK 7952
NURSE 8150 Interprofessional Practice: Transforming Healthcare
In development
NURSE 8940 Nursing and Health Policy
Alternative approved courses: SOC_WK 8220; SOC_WK 8240; P_HLTH 7850
NURSE 8160 Evidence Based Care Management Practice for Individuals and Populations
In development
NURSE 8310 Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations X 
NURSE 8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance OutcomesX  
NURSE 8955 Care Management Role-Focused Practicum
In development
The Masters Exam should be taken in the final semester of the program.

Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

NURSE 8720 Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness X 
NURSE 8010 Family Dynamics and InterventionX  
SOC_WK 7480 Helping Strategies with Older PersonsX  
SOC_WK 7390 Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents   
Other electives upon advisor approval   

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


As students near completion of the program, they are provided with opportunities to apply their learning in practice settings. Students complete a total of 240 practicum hours with 60 hours working on complex quality improvement cases in N8920 Quality & Safety and Performance Outcomes and complete a 180-hour Care Management Role-Focused Practicum.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Health-related baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application Dates

    Start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall July 1 August
    Spring Nov. 1 January
    Summer April 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Copies of current, unencumbered licensure in a health-related occupation (if applicable).
    • Curriculum vitae documenting education, work experience, leadership, professional organization activities and scholarly endeavors (e.g. publications, presentations, research, honors, awards).
    • Personal statement (typed, single-spaced) describing your professional goals and how participation in the MS program will help you achieve them.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
    • Two letters of recommendation from two people who are well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. At least one of these letters must come from a professor or other academic official. You will supply only the names and contact details of your references; the Graduate School will instruct them on how to upload their letters to your application.
    • Additionally the department may request you to undergo a personal interview.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application.
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Care Management -Distance (MS)

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing