Prepare To Lead The Transformation Of Healthcare

Madonna University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs are an ideal fit for nurses seeking leadership positions at the unit, department, and organizational levels.

Our three MSN degree paths foster rapid career development as skills can be actively applied back to the practice. As a result, Madonna MSN graduates are able to step confidently into rewarding and impactful careers such as chief nursing officer, director of nursing services, mid-level nursing management, nurse leader, and director of clinical services.

Online MSN in Leadership

Madonna’s online MSN in Leadership prepares nurses for leadership and management roles for care delivery and professional support functions. Leadership students learn to communicate effectively, collaborate with colleagues, and apply the concept of stewardship to achieve organizational sustainability. 

This dynamic degree combines the expertise from faculty in the Madonna University College of Nursing and Health and the School of Business. With this interdisciplinary academic base, students are able to lead contemporary health delivery services using research-based problem solving and decision-making methods. 

Online MSN in Leadership Curriculum

The Leadership curriculum is taken entirely online and includes six core courses reflective of the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011), addressing the theoretical and scientific foundation for advanced nursing practice, leadership, policy and advocacy, evidence-based practice, and change management.

MSN in Leadership students complete a 120-hour supervised practicum that focuses on synthesizing knowledge in the design of well-planned work environments that achieve patient safety and quality of care. Explore the complete Nursing Leadership curriculum.

Graduates of the Leadership program will be eligible for certification in nursing administration from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

MSN in Nursing Administration 

The MSN in Nursing Administration degree prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of clinical settings. In addition to building advanced nursing knowledge, the Nursing Administration degree also fosters problem-solving, conflict management, communication, and collaboration skill development. Students also learn how to apply principles of stewardship to the process of decision making.

The curriculum features practicum experiences that provide students with a breadth and depth of experience in upper management and executive-level positions. Graduates of the MSN in Nursing Administration program are capable of designing strategies that positively impact influential healthcare delivery policies. They are well-rounded and prepared to implement standards of nursing practice that are grounded in a mission congruent with the healthcare settings.

Review the complete course requirements for the MSN in Nursing Administration degree.

Nursing Administration Certification Opportunities

Graduates of the MSN in Nursing Administration program may elect to become certified by the ANCC as either Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive Advanced, depending on their administrative experience or the AONL as either a Nurse Manager Leader or an Executive in Nursing Practice. The program provides 420 clock hours of supervised practicum. 

MSN/MBA Dual Degree

Madonna also offers a Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree program for students seeking careers in upper management in healthcare facilities. The MSN/MBA degree prepares students for executive-level nursing administration practice, improving population health outcomes through the integration of theory, research, clinical judgment, and inter- and intraprofessional collaboration. 

MSN/MBA students build upon the Nursing Administration curriculum, taking 22 additional credits that dive deeper into marketing, finance, economics, business law, and ethics. Projects and research provide hands-on learning opportunities that refine important marketing and financial management skills across the care continuum. Learn more about the full list of course requirements for the MSN/MBA dual degree program.

MSN Admission Requirements

Students applying to one of Madonna’s Master of Science in Nursing degrees must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a program accredited by a nursing professional accreditation agency (CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN) with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for graduate admission
  • Statement of goals for graduate education
  • Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • GRE test scores for applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA below 3.25
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • Two letters of professional recommendation, one must be from a nurse
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Admission interview with MSN program director
  • Criminal background clearance

Madonna accepts applications for the MSN programs on a rolling basis for fall, winter, and summer semesters. Learn more about admission into Madonna University’s graduate nursing degree programs.

Become a Nursing Leader by Earning Your MSN at Madonna

Madonna University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree programs provide students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and in-demand skills to lead contemporary health delivery services. Our MSN degrees mold students into confident and compassionate nursing leaders who are ready to make a greater impact in their community

Ready to get started on your MSN degree? Request more information or apply now!


Student Success

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Denise Robinson

Shortly after graduating from our dual degree program, Denise was promoted from the role of Site Administrator for Henry Ford Medical Group to Nursing Administrator at Henry Ford Hospital, managing 18 direct reports and more than 750 indirect reports. 

Denise is responsible for all of the medical general practice units as well as e 68 bed medical intensive care beds. She was a Nightingale Award nominee in 2013, and received the 2015 Shadow of a Leader award for Henry Ford Hospital.

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