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Master of Science in Nursing Leadership

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Drive Exceptional Care and Manage the Business of Health Care

CCNE Accredited

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Increase Your Earning Potential

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  • Duration 6 semesters
  • Cost per Credit $825
  • Credit Hours 35

Program Benefits

  • Lead safe, effective nursing care
  • Learn from experienced, accessible faculty

Become a Nurse Manager and Leader

With Utica University’s CCNE-accredited online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program, you’ll develop the skills to manage budgets, train and coordinate caregivers, and ultimately drive safe, high-quality, and effective nursing to those in need.

Organizations everywhere, from hospitals to assisted living facilities and specialty clinics, are looking for leaders to manage the day-to-day demands health care teams face in providing top-notch care.

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Career Outlook: Lead the Way to Better Health Outcomes

Open your career to a diverse set of new opportunities with demonstrated skills in team management, service coordination, and leadership.

You’ll graduate from the CCNE-accredited online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program ready to fill a large and growing demand in the health care industry, as open medical and health service manager positions are expected to expand by 32% through 20291 with 57% of nurse leaders earning between $90,000 and $169,999.2

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Curriculum: Step Up With New Skills

The online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program is thoughtfully designed to give you everything you need to lead teams and administer health care delivery systems at the highest level.

Explore ethical leadership principles, technology integration, governance structures, and policy implications in delivering health care. You’ll graduate with the knowledge to evaluate and improve nursing care, collaborate across organizations, and promote health on a high level as a nurse leader.

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CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Utica University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The master’s degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Utica University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program prepares you to:

  • Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.
  • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
  • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
  • Employ leadership, management, and ethical foundations in pursuit of performance improvement, risk management, human resources, financial management, and strategic planning/management.
  • Integrate contemporary national performance standards and professional recommendations related to organizational governance and policy formation.
  • Facilitate provision of quality services through community engagement, knowledge of societal forces, and regional/national/global policy issues and initiatives.

Admission Requirements

Advancing your nursing education with Utica University is simple. Students with a history of volunteer work, excellent communication skills, and previous publications and presentations are especially encouraged to apply.

Graduate nursing program admission requirements include:

  • Completed application
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside (NY or FL)
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • 2,000 hours of work experience
  • 3-credit statistics course (grade of B* or higher)
  • Baccalaureate-level health assessment course*
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues at the B.S.N. level or higher
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample

*Applicants with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3-credit hour course prior to starting the program. Applicants with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.

Note: Approved background check and fingerprints required prior to beginning practicum courses.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Our CCNE-accredited online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership costs $825 per credit hour, with 35 total credits. Utica University is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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Our faculty has years of combined experience not only in health care but also in nursing education. They’re passionate about sharing their real-world experiences with you so you’re well prepared for expanded nursing roles.

Graduate nursing faculty are led by program chair Annette Becker, D.N.S., RN, and assistant professor Doreen Rogers, D.N.S., RN, who both carry decades of experience in nursing education, research, and practice.

Cynthia Love-Williams

Cynthia Love-Williams, DNS, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Cynthia Love-WIlliams is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Utica University. She has worked in nursing education since 1996 in both associate and baccalaureate programs. Dr. Love-Williams’ educational background includes a baccalaureate degree from Mississippi University for Women, a master’s degree from Wright State University, and a doctoral degree from Russell Sage Graduate Schools.

Dr. Love-Williams is the current Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Utica University and her areas of expertise are in critical care, medical-surgical nursing, and inter-professional education. To stay connected to the health care field and be able to apply real-world experiences to the learning environment, Dr. Love-Williams practices per diem at a local health care facility as the Hospital Supervisor. Her areas of research include inter-professional education, simulation, test taking, and student success.

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

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The Nursing Leadership program enables you to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree in as few as 16 months. To complete this program ahead of schedule, you may transfer up to nine credits from a regionally accredited institution. To review additional curriculum details, visit the courses page.

Yes, you can complete the online Nursing Leadership program on a part-time schedule. As a result, it’s easier to meet your work and family commitments while completing courses online. To review additional curriculum details, visit the courses page.

Utica University’s (formerly Utica College) online Nursing Leadership program is CCNE accredited. Utica is also regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This accreditation means that you will engage in a rigorously evaluated education as you advance toward your MSN degree.

Utica University makes it easy to apply to the online Nursing Leadership program. Click here to see how to start your online application. To apply, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program.

You can review additional program requirements with a Utica University admissions program manager by calling 1-866-295-3106. Or send an email to

The online Nursing Leadership program includes 13 courses. It begins with seven core courses, followed by six nursing leadership courses. The program also includes a practicum that provides 720 hour experience in a real-world clinical setting. To review additional curriculum details, visit the courses page.

Complete the online Nursing Leadership program to prepare for leadership roles that give you more responsibility and improve your salary potential. Career opportunities include these positions:

  • Clinical nurse manager, which had a median annual salary of $104,280 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Nursing manager, which has an average annual salary of $87,372 according to Payscale

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020, September 1). Job Outlook: Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from
  2. American Organization for Nurse Leadership (2019 June). Salary and Compensation Study for Nurse Leaders: Executive Summary. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from