Leadership in Nursing: Online master’s degree
Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in leadership in nursing and health care systems (MS)
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.
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
|NURSE 7100 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing||X|
|NURSE 7110 Advanced Nursing Role Acquisition||X||X|
|NURSE 7150 Research Basis for Advanced Nursing|
|NURSE 8300 Public Health and Sociocultural Issues|
|NURSE 8820 Health Care Financial Management|
|NURSE 8860 Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing|
|NURSE 8910 Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice|
|NURSE 8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes||X|
|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 Learning||X||X||X|
|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.
How to apply
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.
- Admission to this program requires GRE scores if your GPA is below 3.3. If you have not taken the GRE in the past five years, now is the time to do so.
- Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course (e.g., STAT 7020).
Mark your calendar
Submit your application in time.
MS application deadline is April 1. Applications to Graduate Studies are due at least 10 business days prior to the school's application deadline.
Gather your papers
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.
- GRE scores only if you don’t meet the GPA requirements. The scores must be from a test taken within the last five years.
- 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.
- List of possible clinical preceptors/internship mentors: Please describe potential clinical sites to which you have access and names, credentials, roles and setting of potential preceptors/mentor(s) in your geographic area available to supervise clinical practicum or internship hours. Prior to completing this section of the application, please review the Sinclair School of Nursing preceptor policy.
- 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.
Complete the online application
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)
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing