Master of Science in Nursing / Executive Nurse Leadership
Nova Southeastern University

Program Details

Nova Southeastern University's non-clinical M.S.N. degree supports nurses and professionals seeking leadership, technology and educational roles in healthcare. Plus, NSU offers a bridge course that allows you to enter the program without a B.S.N. and prepares you for advanced graduate courses. So, whether you hold an R.N., a B.S.N. or another closely related credential, NSU welcomes you to the exciting health care field.

The degree consists of 12 courses — five as part of a core curriculum, then seven more dedicated to one of three chosen specializations.

Three Specializations to Serve Your Career Goals

Once your core curriculum is completed, you’ll take concentrated coursework in either Nursing Education, Executive Nurse Leadership, or Nursing Informatics. Each specialization includes a practicum, so you gain valuable experience in the nursing career you want. 

In just 12 courses, you’ll have the direct experience and knowledge to step into the non-clinical role of your choice.

Demonstrate Excellence in Nursing

The M.S.N. combines advanced nursing practices with creative thinking and evidence-based research so you’re prepared to succeed in long-term careers such as a nurse manager, hospital administrator, nurse educator, and in informatics roles.

By graduation, you’re a nurse who can:

  • Transform clinical and educational procedures by integrating evidence-based practice
  • Design innovative strategies to improve practice environments
  • Use your knowledge of ethical and legal issues relevant to advanced nursing roles to better healthcare
  • Improve population health by advocating for equitable health care policies
  • Promote a culture of lifelong learning, embracing professional nursing standards and values
  • Improve patient outcomes by improving patient safety and health care quality

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Executive Nurse Leadership

Experienced nurses understand better than anyone how administrative decisions effect patient care. In NSU's Executive Leadership specialization, you’ll learn how to operate like an executive while remaining focused on the patient.

With 21 credits dedicated to the specialization, you’re ready to lead in management and administration positions.

A Strong Career as a Nurse Leader

Have you ever noticed how the best leaders are those who once held the position they now oversee? That’s because they have personal experience in how decisions “made at the top” really effect day-to-day responsibilities. The industry has opened its eyes to the value an experienced clinical nurse brings to executive roles. Nurses are called on regularly to use combined experience in clinical nursing and executive leadership to draft policies, staff development, and practices that prioritize evidence-based care.

  • 20% projected growth rate through 2026
  • Median wage of $96,540
  • Top 10% of nurse leaders earned $172,240

Demonstrate Excellence in Nursing

In an industry that’s changing constantly, strong leaders are needed to focus their teams on patient care as a priority while meeting administrative demands. In becoming a nurse leader, you increase your standards of excellence in bedside-care while learning how to manage the business side of health care.

By graduation, you’re a nurse who can:

  • Integrate leadership and systems theories to promote quality and safety within complex health systems
  • Improve patient outcomes through technology, evidence, and inter-professional collaboration
  • Apply business principles and practices within a healthcare delivery model
  • Develop strategies to meet regulatory standards based on analysis of current trends and data


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Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Current active professional nursing (R.N.) licensure