The MSN, Education and Leadership is designed to prepare graduates to assume advanced roles in education, administration, or clinical practice and provide students with the skills necessary to lead in a variety of health care settings. The leadership curriculum is facilitated in a multidisciplinary learning environment with interactive teaching strategies oriented toward adult learners and collaborative group work. 

Our program marries the best of both worlds in nursing and education. The primary focus of the Master of Science in Nursing, Education and Leadership program is the use of advanced practice leadership and educational knowledge in diverse health care and nursing education systems. 

Quick Facts

  • 33 credits, available completely online
  • Can be completed in as little as 22 months
  • Courses are taken in 8 and 16 week sessions
  • No GRE or GMAT required

Where our Graduates Go
Our MSN Education and Leadership graduates work in various roles in many different education and healthcare. Many of our students go on to develop leadership roles in their disciplines with many poignant employers such as Excela Health, UPMC, and the UPMC School of Nursing:
  • Director of Emergency Department
  • Faculty at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
  • Clinical Coordinators
  • Director of MSN programs
  • Nurse Managers 

MSN Education and Leadership Course Information

Course Requirements: 33 credits
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
Locations: Completely Online

Full MSN Education and Leadership Plan of Study

Sample Courses

NU-711 Health Care Innovation and Quality

Nurses of all kinds, but especially those who focus on leadership, must stay up to date with the latest developments in the science of nursing and health care. This course gives students a bedrock of fundamental principles and evidence-based guidelines for evaluating healthcare quality, regulatory management, and workplace leadership. As the landscape of nursing changes, nurses must change, too -- this course prepares students to be agents of that change.  

NU-737 Leadership in Health Care Ethics and Policy

The central concern of any nursing leadership program is the confluence of ethics and policy in health care, with specific application to nursing. Students will learn the general principles of ethics and those principles most often applied in health care. This course will include an overview of health care policymaking in the United States as well as the role of the “leader as advocate.” 

NU-705 Nursing Leadership

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership and the skills necessary to practice leadership competently in health care environments. The course is designed to enhance leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to fashion personal perspectives on how to lead professionally. Analyzing trends and issues in the current health care system that have implication for exercising leadership will help students determine the way they can make a difference. 

for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.