Provide leadership in health care settings

Callie Rinhart

As a patient care provider in the ever-changing nursing field, Callie felt that she was ready to gain new skills and become a leader. With the Sinclair School of Nursing's focus on student growth, she was able to immediately apply the course work to her job. After earning her MS degree in leadership in nursing and health care systems, she is in a position to advance her career as a nurse


Delivery of this program is blended: You will obtain the basics of nurse educator theory via online courses, but a two-day campus visit is required during the summer before you begin your course work for orientation to the master's program. Additional campus visits may be required for selected leadership specialty courses.

For more details, please see the MS plans of study and the on-campus date schedule.

The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Each course is 3 credit hours, unless stated otherwise.


STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences
Recommended to take STATs in the summer

Required courses

NURSE 7100 Theoretical Basis for Advanced NursingX  
NURSE 7110 Advanced Nursing Role AcquisitionX X
NURSE 7150 Research Basis for Advanced Nursing
Prerequisite: N7100
NURSE 8300 Public Health and Sociocultural Issues
Prerequisite: N7100
NURSE 8820 Health Care Financial Management
Prerequisite: N7100
NURSE 8860 Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing
Prerequisite: N7087
NURSE 8910 Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Prerequisite: N7087
NURSE 8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance OutcomesX  
NURSE 8940 Nursing and Health Policy
Prerequisites: N8800, N8810, N8820
NURSE 8960 Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems Practicum
Prerequisites: N8800, N8810, N8820
The Masters Exam should be taken in the final semester of the program.

Electives with faculty adviser approval

IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance LearningXXX
IS_LT 9475 Diffusion of Educational Innovations   
IS_LT 9455 Formative and Summative Evaluation X 
IS_LT 9458 Technology and Assessment X 
JOURN 8042 Health News and Promotion   


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The MS at the Sinclair School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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:

    • Baccalaureate or master’s degree nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation and by the Higher Learning Commission.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Current licensure as a registered nurse.
    • Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course (e.g., STAT 7020).
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    MS application deadline is April 1. Applications to the Graduate School are due at least 10 business days prior to the school's application deadline.

  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.
    • 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. Please include the following:
      • Summary of your clinical background/experiences as a registered nurse.
      • Summary of your specific clinical experiences in your chosen specialty area (e.g. setting(s), responsibilities, and/or roles).
      • Description of any work-related projects and/or professional committee involvement.
      • Description of your population of interest (e.g. pediatrics, elderly, women, etc.), setting of interest (e.g. acute/critical care, primary care, school, health department, etc.) and, if applicable, sub-specialty interest area (e.g. diabetes, oncology, cardiology, etc.).
      • Type of position you intend to pursue after graduation (e.g. teaching, administration, clinical practice, research, or other).
      • Your long-term career goals.
    • Names and contact details for two professional references. These should be health care professionals who can evaluate your academic and/or professional abilities. One must be your most recent supervisor or manager who can evaluate your clinical, teaching, leadership, and/or administrative abilities. The other should be a health care professional (e.g. nursing instructor, supervisor, clinical preceptor or advanced practice nurse, etc.) with whom you have worked and/or collaborated within the past two years.
      • Do not include recommendations from friends, fellow staff nurses or ministers.
      • Submit names and contact details for recommendation providers within the online application.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Copies of current, unencumbered registered nurse license(s).
    • 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: Nursing/ Leadership in Nursing and Health-Care Systems /Master of Science (MS)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing