The Online MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration Program

From UNC School of Nursing

Manage Change in Nursing Practice and Health Care Delivery

As health care protocols and technologies evolve, we need highly qualified nurse leaders who can develop solutions for emerging issues in nursing practice and health care — at all levels. 

The online Master’s in Nursing Health Care Leadership and Administration program prepares BSN-educated nurses to manage the inevitable challenges of an ever-changing health care system. As a student in the program, you’ll develop essential skills in organization theory, human resource management, financial management, health care policy and advocacy, and leadership development. 

By focusing your studies on the impact of health care policy and financing on nursing practice, you’ll graduate with the skills needed to strategically guide nursing teams and health care organizations through change. 


The MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration at a Glance

2 to 3 years to complete

Part- and full-time options available

License to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina

Bachelor’s of nursing required

MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration Curriculum

The online MSN in health care administration program blends theoretical coursework with experiential learning opportunities. Students graduate as health care leaders who can respond to the clinical, organizational and fiscal challenges of our dynamic health care system. 

Coursework Highlights

Students in the online program complete: 

  • A total of 420 clinical hours that span administration, leadership, quality improvement, human resource management placements and integrative residency courses
  • On-campus immersion experiences
  • Asynchronous coursework for convenience 
  • Master’s thesis/ final research project 

Admissions: MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration

Admission to UNC School of Nursing remains selective in order to ensure top-quality nursing outcomes. Each applicant undergoes a holistic assessment. Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission.

Admissions Requirements: 

  • License to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina
  • Bachelor’s of nursing, with a GPA of at least 2.75
  • At least one year of paid work experience as a registered nurse
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional statement

Review a complete list of application requirements and deadlines for the MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration program

Level-up your nursing prowess with a range of quality improvement and leadership-focused projects. Get started on your journey today.


The Online Learning Experience

The online format allows you to complete asynchronous and synchronous coursework throughout the program.

You will complete tailored clinical experiences consisting of placement with preceptors in selected practice sites to foster role integration. You’ll also attend in-person immersions where you’ll connect with faculty, peers and health care leaders. In-person sessions, ranging from one to five days, support program objectives and your growth toward your professional goals.

Additional Online Offerings From UNC-Chapel Hill

In addition to the MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill offers other online education options in health care. These include:




Advance Your Nursing Career in Leadership and Administration

Society needs advanced nurse leaders who can manage an evolving health care industry — while also prioritizing patient care delivery across multiple settings. If you’re ready to step into this role, take charge now.

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