M.S. Nursing: Leadership in Health Systems Management

Program Overview

Advance your nursing career with an online M.S. Nursing: Leadership in Health Systems Management degree from Rivier University. Get the skills and knowledge you need to enhance patient care and guide other nurses in a senior leadership role.

The nursing profession is experiencing dramatic change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing will grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. Nurse leaders will be called upon to assist in the transformation of healthcare delivery systems to improve population health and patient outcomes in healthcare, insurance and regulatory agencies, schools, and industry, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Graduates of the M.S. Nursing: Leadership in Health Systems Management program will be prepared for leadership roles in administration for all practice environments. Roles include:

  • Health information managers
  • Care coordinators
  • Nursing administrators (medical homes, hospitals, long term care facilities)
  • And many other administrative and managerial roles

Multiple term starts and competitive tuition rates are designed to help you start, and finish, faster. Rivier University has been educating students to transform the world for more than 80 years, so you can trust you will receive a high-quality education in a format designed to help you succeed.

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Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

  • Next Start Date: July 8, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks

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Course Map

The degree requires 36 credit hours for completion; tuition for BUS courses are $595 per credit hour and NSG courses are $605 per credit hour.*


Undergraduate statistics (evidence of successful completion B or better)

Degree Requirements
  • BUS 559  Healthcare Finance: 3
  • BUS 569  Healthcare Administration: 3
  • BUS 632  Healthcare Information Systems: 3
  • BUS 654  Compliance and Risk Management in Healthcare Settings: 3
  • NSG 561  Advanced Nursing Leadership I: 3
  • NSG 562*  Advanced Nursing Leadership I Practicum: 2
  • NSG 563  Advanced Nursing Leadership II: 3
  • NSG 564*  Advanced Nursing Leadership II Practicum: 2
  • NSG 601  Quality Healthcare Improvement: 3
  • NSG 602  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: 3
  • NSG 606  Research Capstone Advisement: 2
  • NSG 610  Advanced Health Policy: 3
  • NSG 620  Biostatistics for the Health Sciences: 3

*The cost for nursing practicums is $1,015 per credit hour. Nursing practicums may be taken in the student’s geographic location.

Other Requirements
  • Students may take three courses (9 credits) from a list of specified courses prior to matriculating.
  • Students must follow their Program of Studies, when registering for courses. If students wish to make a change to the Program of Studies, they must request the change in writing to the Graduate Nursing Education Program Director.
  • Students must complete clinical/practicum requirements four months prior to practicum courses.

Admission Requirements

Rivier University operates on a rolling admissions system. Students may apply for admission at any time and are notified of acceptance within 2 to 4 weeks from the date their application is completed.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the M.S. Nursing: Leadership in Health Systems Management degree; applicants whose GPA falls below this minimum will be evaluated and may be considered for admission. An active, unencumbered RN nursing license is also required. Students must complete the nursing practicum form.

Transfer credits from regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are accepted. To transfer credits, you should request that your official transcript be sent to Rivier University, C/O The Learning House, 32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Your advisor will review transcript and determine how many credits are transferable to your chosen program of study.

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Submit transcripts from every accredited postsecondary college or university attended.*

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* Submit high school transcript or GED; unnecessary if you have an associate degree.