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Master of Science in Nursing

Leadership Specialty: Organizational Leadership

Nursing administration and organizational leadership in today's health care system is a complex and challenging undertaking. The Organizational Leadership specialty prepares clinicians with skills in organizational behavior, clinical operations and system design, quality measurement and risk management, fiscal operations and systemic change and project management. Specialized skills in organizational politics and policy development, implementation and impact analysis will be acquired.

Working as an organizational leader, graduates are prepared for entry to mid-level clinical leadership and management positions, with promotion to executive level positions in a variety of settings possible. This specialization requires 37 credit hours. All required courses for the program are offered in an online format.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core

Credit hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Healthcare Professionalism: Issues and Roles


NRSG 898

Research Project in Nursing


Sub total



Leadership Core

NRSG 880

Organizational Foundations for Leading Change


NRSG 885

Evaluation and Analysis for Health Care Effectiveness


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health Care Policy


NRSG 826

Global Perspectives and Diversity in Health Care


NRSG 820

Organizational Communication and Program Planning


Sub total



Organizational Leadership Specialization

HP&M 822

Healthcare Economics


NRSG 881

Applied Budgeting and Finance


NRSG 882 or NRSG 883

NRSG 882: Quality Management; NRSG 883: Complexity Science Approaches to Improve Organizational Effectiveness


NRSG 891

Human Resources and Workforce Development


NRSG 886

Practicum in Organizational Leadership


Sub total


Total Credits Required


Joint Degree Program

Master of Science in Nursing (Organizational Leadership) (MS)
Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MHSA)

Students who wish to earn master's degrees in both Nursing (organizational leadership specialty) and Health Services Administration may elect the joint degree option. By combining some course work, the two degrees may be completed in a shorter time frame. Students in the MS/MHSA joint degree program must complete a total of 61 graduate credit hours: 32 credit hours in Health Policy & Management, and 29 hours in the School of Nursing. If completed separately, the MS in nursing requires 37 credit hours and the MHSA degree requires 52-54 credit hours.

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