Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership program is a 100 percent online degree program that builds on the student’s current knowledge and expertise.

Students may enroll in the program full-time (4 semesters, 1 summer) or part-time (6 semesters, 2 summers).

After completing the MSN program, graduates will have a more complete understanding of the nursing discipline in order to engage in higher-level practice and leadership in a variety of settings. The curriculum emphasizes leadership effectiveness in organizational systems/settings, evidence-based management, quality and safety in the workplace, information management expertise, and promotion of a healthy work environment. Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Lead change to improve quality outcomes,
  • Advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning,
  • Build and lead collaborative interprofessional care teams,
  • Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system,
  • Design innovative nursing practices, and
  • Translate evidence into practice

Plans of Study

View plans of study for the MSN program as a full-time or part-time student: 

Course descriptions are available in the University Registrar’s Bulletin.

Admission requirements 

Applicants to the MSN degree program must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the following requirements of the nursing program:

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale;
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school accredited by a nationally recognized organization and goal statement
  • Three references
  • An interview
  • Unencumbered RN licensure required in/for the state where clinicals take place.

Final admission recommendations are made on a competitive basis.

How to Apply 

MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership admissions page 

Graduate Information Sessions 

The UK College of Nursing offers virtual information sessions for prospective students to learn more about each of the school's graduate programs, including the MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership program.  

See a list of upcoming sessions: Graduate Information Sessions & Tours