Nurse Administration, M.S.N.

36 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Empower yourself as a leader in healthcare with our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty in Nursing Administration. This 100% online program is designed for registered nurses seeking to transition into administrative roles such as Nurse Executive, Nurse Manager, Quality Improvement Manager, Ambulatory Care Manager, and more.

Program Highlights

  • Prepare for advanced practice in key areas like leadership, finance, quality improvement, and healthcare policy.
  • Meet the educational requirements for ANCC certification in Nursing Administration (CNAA) or Nursing Administration Advanced (CNAA-BC).
  • Flexible format designed for working professionals, allowing you to complete the program in 27 months part-time.
  • Specialty courses offered alternate years, with admission open for most semesters.
  • Gain critical skills for in-demand positions in the growing field of Nurse Administration.

What Can You Do With Your MSN from UNC Charlotte?

UNC Charlotte’s MSN graduates go on to work for healthcare providers such as

  • Atrium Health
  • Novant Health
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • CaroMont Health
  • Cone Health
  • Wake Med

Our MSN graduates have job titles such as:

  • Nurse Managers
  • Nurse Consultants
  • Mental Health Directors
  • Vice Presidents of Nursing

Strong salary expectations

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collects job and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast sampled graduates of our MSN program and found the average annual estimated wage to be approximately $111,900.

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Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • November 1 (spring)
  • April 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the MSN in Nursing: Nurse Administrator:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment. OR Graduation from a post-secondary level Nursing Program (United States RN Registration not required).
  • Baccalaureate degree from an US Department of Education-recognized institutional accredited university. A BSN degree is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, other prerequisite courses may be required as part of the program of study.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  • A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.
  • For the three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School, references should be from professional colleagues.
  • One year of professional nursing practice is recommended.

This program requires completion of 36 credit hours in approved courses including:
Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • NURS 6101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 6160: Research in Nursing and Health Professions (3)
  • NURS 6115: Health Policy and Planning in the U.S. (3)

System Core Courses (6 credit hours)

  • NURS 6211: Health Disparities and Nursing (3) 
  • NURS 6090: Selected Topics in Nursing (1-3) (Study Abroad)
  • NURS 6212: Program Improvement and Evaluation (3)

Specialty Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NURS 6185: Theory and Application in the Organizational Behavior to Nursing Systems (3)
  • NURS 6187: Health Informatics and Financial Management for Nurses (3)
  • NURS 6188: Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Nursing (3)
  • NURS 6301: Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6485: Advanced Practicum in Nursing Administration and Leadership (3)
  • NURS 6303: Instructional Technology in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6302: Trends and Issues in Nursing Education (3)

Capstone Courses (3 credit hours)

  • NURS 6603: Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

Additional Degree Requirement:

  • Nursing Administration specialty courses are only offered online through Distance Education. Core and System/Population Core courses can be taken on campus or online as published in the Schedule of Courses.
  • Courses in the Nursing Administration specialty are offered every other year.
  • A total of 360 clinical hours is required to complete the program.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two C grades.
  • Faculty Advising is required.

*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

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