Learn the skills you need to pursue a career as a leader in your organization and the broader field of nursing.

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and change, the demand for skilled, transformational leadership has never been more important - both in individual organizations and the industry as a whole. Being an effective leader in the nursing field requires both strong clinical experience, as well as managerial and business acumen.

If your personal and career goals include moving into a leadership position, earning your Master of Science in Nursing Leadership could be a smart decision, preparing you to meet the unique challenges of healthcare management.

Upon graduating from our Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program, you will have the skills necessary to provide care directly to patients, while also creating real, transformational change within your organization. Graduates specialize in one of four tracks: health administration, health informatics, health policy, and clinical nurse leader (CNL).

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Why Earn a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership?

There are many reasons that you might decide to earn your Master of Science in Nursing Leadership.

The primary reason that students choose to pursue an MS in Nursing Leadership is that they have a desire to eventually move into a leadership or managerial role within the industry, which by its nature requires specific skills not necessarily covered in traditional MSN programs. This desire may stem from the drive to affect meaningful change or influence health policy, or it may stem from a desire for increased salary and job security that tend to come from leadership positions.


At Regis College, all MSN students are expected to complete a core curriculum as well as a number of elective credits specific to their chosen concentration or track. The core curriculum consists of coursework in nursing theory, concepts of nursing leadership, organizational structure, research, ethics, the law, and more.

Core coursework and selected required courses for each specialty track provide you with a wide range of learning outcomes designed to cultivate leadership and management skills.

Gaining Experience

A required internship allows you to apply classroom learning in a professional setting where you will develop your skills, learn from professionals working in the field, and build your professional network. Recent placements include Partners HealthCare-Brigham and Women's Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, and Joslin Diabetes Center. Recent graduates are currently working at Boston Children’s Hospital, Arbour Health Systems, and the Boston Medical Center.

Experience the Regis Difference

See how our program stands out from others by taking up to two graduate courses before committing full-time. Please contact the graduate admission office at 781.768.7330 or at graduatedepartment@regiscollege.edu to learn more. Completion of the courses does not guarantee acceptance. Please note that this applies to the on-campus MS in Nursing program only. Applicable courses include:

  • NU 601 Nursing Theory
  • NU 605 Concepts in Nursing Leadership
  • HP 609 Health Policy, Politics, and Perspectives

Frequently Asked Questions About the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership Program

1) What kind of careers will an MS in Nursing Leadership prepare me for?

Earning your MS in Nursing Leadership can prepare you for a number of job titles and career paths. These will ultimately depend upon your specialization or track, but may include the following areas:

  • Clinical: As a clinical nurse leader (CNL) or nurse practitioner (NP), or researcher
  • Educational: As a nursing professor, instructor, or academic administrator
  • IT: As an information manager, statistician, or analyst
  • Policy: In hospitals, legislative agencies, and healthcare companies
  • And more

Application Requirements

This program is designed for students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.

  • Completed application form; transcripts from undergraduate degree, and all prerequisites courses
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; completed prerequisites
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • A history of an unencumbered registered nurse license is required

Please note that the GRE is not required for the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program.

For more information on the program, please contact the graduate admission counselor: